Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SoNG: Andrea

by WEFPJ Average Dyke Band*
PeHP source: ADB songsheets, 1985-87

(Parody of Patty Smith's Gloriain honor of 1985 coordinator, Andrea Doremus', birthday)

Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not Andrea's.
Frantic night dreams, melting xerox machines
Dreadlocks drenched in sweat, can we pay the debt?
It's a phobic scene

Wimmin say, "Relax! Stop those anxiety attacks!"
But their words are just unaccountability that makes her ....

Oh, she's running around and she looks so frayed
Cuz, she's moving into this here peace camp
Where it's either work or play

She goes to the wild dance parties, but oh, she's so distracted
She looks into the office, sees the files piling up
So she makes a cup of coffee, saying,
Oh, there's work to be done!
You know we've got to type a letter!
There's no time for fun!
We've got to make the whole world better!

She puts her spell on us
Here she comes
From New York City
Here she comes
With Mercedes kitty
Here she comes
With her funky style
Here she comes
She's a wild child
And her name is...
And her name is...
And her name is...
A-N-D-R-E-A, Andrea!
A-N-D-R-E-A, Andrea!
A-N-D-R-E-A, Andrea!

* The Average Dyke Band (ADB) sprang up at the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace & Justice in the summer of 1985.  The theory they put into action was that songs, singing, and musical instrumentation were not the domain of an exclusive, talented few. They had found that far too many of their sisters fell silent musically because somewhere along the way they were told they didn't have a good voice, couldn't carry a tune, couldn't keep a beat. The ADB, then, was the musical counterpart to WEFPJ's consensus process philosophy and practice - every woman's voice would be heard. They were inclusive, they were average, and they had a damn good time.

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