“Oasis” by Amanda Palmer. In a piece of HuffPo, Palmer writes:
The song is not a lecture… it’s a reflection, a character sketch. As I was walking over to the BBC the other day and my rep mentioned that they might not let me play “Oasis” on the air, I suggested that I might be allowed to play it if I just slowed it down and played it in a minor key. Think about it: if they heard the same lyrics against the backdrop of a very sad and lilting piano, maybe with some tear-jerking strings thrown in for good measure, would they take issue?
Imagine these lyrics to the tune of “Strange Fruit”, or “Yesterday”:
“When I got my abortion / I brought along my boyfriend / we got there an hour before the appointment / and outside the building / were all these annoying fundamentalist Christians / we tried to ignore them”…
Would this make radio happy? Maybe. It would be within a context they could rely on, feel safe in, write off. “Of course she’s sad! She had an abortion! Abortion is sad!”
“Brick” by Ben Folds Five includes a lovely piano riff.
Ani, as always, breaks it down.
Twice, in fact!
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And then, the song that prompted this post:
Overall, I agree with Amanda Palmer. It’s an absolute trial to find pro-choice songs about abortion that are cheerful.