I’ve just discovered this article on the Sex Pistols ‘Bodies’. I was Googling it for obvious, topical reasons. In fact I can’t think of any other songs about abortion* apart from Paul Anka’s “Having My Baby” which is one of the most dreadful songs ever written. It isn’t about abortion as such but includes the line “you could have swept it from your life but you wouldn’t do it”. It also includes lines such as “the need inside you, I see it showing, the seed inside ya, baby, do you feel it growing?” And there are gurgling baby noises…. It’s truly horrible. And this from the man who wrote ‘My Way’.
I’d always assumed the song – we’re back to talking about ‘Bodies’ now – was just a reflection of Johnny Rotten/ John Lydon’s Catholic upbringing and that, frankly, it was rather dodgy lyrically speaking and completely juvenile in its politics, although it’s still a great song. But the author of this piece thinks there are all sorts of subtleties at play. Worth reading as an article about abortion rights, even if you’re not interested in tree-dwelling Pauline.
Oh, and the Tory trolls who’ve been lurking under this bridge over the weekend. This is what I do on my blog. If you’re unimpressed, go off and read Dorries instead.
* I am of course familiar with the work of Jim Thirlwell’s various alter-egos, but I think to go there would be to give people a good excuse to avoid debating the serious issue that’s at stake here.