This is a song about abortion. I went to a Moth Slam at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and heard a story that was a lot like the first verse. My brother went to school with someone who had been raised by his grandmother after his mother died from a botched abortion. That is the story of the second verse. The third verse is too true for too many young girls, even though I didn’t specifically hear about Betty.
I got to perform it at a reading of the play “Roe” put on by the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley June 12 at the David Brower Center, and at a concert put on by Great Labor Arts Exchange at the Labor Notes Conference in Chicago on the 18th. Several people are using it on radio stations and podcasts. I feel obligated to express what is in this piece.
I can’t say enjoy, but if you think this is an important song about an important issue, please do share it.