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March 30, 2013 7:45 AM Morning music: Corin Tucker’s angry protest song about our stalled feminist revolution

By Kathleen Geier

I’m going to be writing a lot about gender this weekend, and I thought there was no better way to kick off that theme than to post this song from Corin Tucker’s terrific album from last year, Kill My Blues*. The song is called “Groundhog Day,” and I don’t know of another that better expresses the state of American feminism in the year of 2013: angry, frustrated, and, world-weary as it is, also oddly idealistic, too.

I’ve pasted the lyrics to the song after the jump (they can also be found here). Enjoy!

Huh? Que pasa? I’ve just woken up
Like Rip Van Winkle in a denim mini skirt
Wait, you see, now, I took a rest
I took some time to be a mom and have some kids
What’s up y’all? I thought we had a plan
Gonna move things forward
for us and women round the globe
Awake now, outside it froze
Instead of going forward, where the hell we going now?

Why? Is it so?
Tell me something are we living in slow-mo?
Why? Is it so?
I got some dreams living in a back drawer

Did I lay down, did I fall asleep?
On the backs of the women who have come before me?
Tell me almost equal, almost good enough
Almost had a woman go and run the White House
What does it mean now, why can’t I wake up?
Is our generation stuck in a deep rut?
We fight the same battle, over and over again
What are we missing, tell me how can we move on?

(*Ed Kilgore has posted Sleater Kinney videos from time to time. I strongly suggest that he and anyone else who was a fan of theirs to check out Corin Tucker’s album, which at its best is nearly as good as they were at the top of their form. The album put out in 2011 by Carrie Brownstein’s band, Wild Flag, is also first-rate, but it’s Kill My Blues I keep coming back to. The songs are compelling and Tucker’s wild woman vocals are in fine form).

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • c u n d gulag on March 30, 2013 9:02 AM:

    Thanks, Kathleen - I'd never heard of her before.
    That was a terrific song!!!

    And yeah, we have been living in slo-mo, ever since Roe and the Reich-wingers backlash.
    And now, the Reich-wingers want to run that in reverse.

    Anyone else remember how close we were to passing the ERA Amendment?

    Those of us my age (55) and older, remember the days when we read about some woman dying because some backstreet abortionist botched the job, or she botched the job herself.
    Every day.

    If there really was a Jesus, he wouldn't be crying over newly-formed zygotes, he'd be weeping for the unwanted children, and the women who had to raise them. And, of course, the dead women who didn't want to bring a child into her world, in the first place.

    Ah, but it's not HER world, is it?
    "It's a man's world..."
    At least so sayeth our post-Bronze Age monotheists of one particular cult leader.
    Maybe make that two cult leaders.
    Or, more.
    Too many of our world's religions seem to have as a core belief, the subjugation of women.

  • ceenik on March 30, 2013 10:00 AM:

    "Almost had a woman go and run the White House"
    Maybe I'm nit-picking the lyrics, but this is not some sort of failure or "almost-equal" thing. Hillary Clinton was a strong candidate but she supported the Iraq War and
    Obama didn't. Still, she's a contender and a far more powerful one now.
    I think the big fight now, the war on women's bodies, is the backlash against the rising power of women like HRC.

  • misogynist on March 30, 2013 10:01 AM:

    "I'm going to write a lot about gender this weekend"?

    You write a lot about gender EVERY TIME YOU GUEST-BLOG. You're the definition of a one-trick pony beating a dead horse ad nauseam.

  • ceenik on March 30, 2013 10:18 AM:

    Hey, if you're making misogynist mad, you must be doing something right!

  • R on March 30, 2013 12:28 PM:

    How dare you say anything about 51% of the population, KG? Misogynist wants you to talk about him him him. What, you expect him to imagine North Dakota making his reproductive decisions for him, or getting assaulted and being told it was his fault because of how he dressed or where he was or how many drinks he'd had? The poor guy has no imagination, clearly. Don't ask him to stretch.

  • Rick B on March 30, 2013 12:32 PM:

    Three-chords and a drum with weak poetry really still don't mean music to me.

    Still, the message is right on.