SST5 – “I am being told” Debris & Emily Collaboration

1 May

Length: 5min (Acoustic guitar, singing and poetry collab)
Theme/genre: Black Comedy, feminism… ish

Questions:
-How could the journey be clearer?
-How could the [lyrics] and poetry work together better?

I AM BEING TOLD…

My shoulders are erotic.
Coffee is pornography.

My stomach should never
stick out more than my breasts.

That amongst women, it is play,
not sexual abuse.

That’s why you stuff
the memorise insides
like a haggis.

[Let me write down your commandments now
Let me write down your commandments
Let me write down your commandments now
Let me write down your commandments
that I have been told]

That my cat sees me as a threat.
That mum sees me as a threat.
That I see me as a threat.

That biting my nails will give me worms
break into my spleen and set
off Catherine wheels before running out my arse.

That lining up for the swings when you’re
above the age of 13 makes you a Chav,
a drunk or a paedophile.

That paedophiles
are made of aids,
Hitlar and cockroaches.

That I shouldn’t
eat anything
I find in my belly button.

[I don’t want to be in control any more
Please watch over me while I scrub the floor
Tie me up and give me another name
I don’t want to feel anything but shame
I have been told]

That buying a wife from Thailand,
learning the Argentinian tango and French
doesn’t equate to happiness.

That there is a 5% chance
my head is made of Crème Patisserie.
That I think too much.

That I can’t be white
because my hips and feet
discuss late into the dance of night.

[Hail hail hail the daily mail
Tells you no matter what you do, all you’ll do is fail
Let me write down your commandments now
Let me write down your commandments
Let me write down your commandments now
Let me write down your commandments
I am being told]

That my boyfriend might be a woman.
That his cheekbones are Easter eggs
and his father was Hitlar, aids and cockroaches.

That my toes look like grubs
and my heart a sack of juggling balls.
Never dry your knickers on a Halogen heater.

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One Response to “SST5 – “I am being told” Debris & Emily Collaboration”

  1. mouthypoets May 13, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Can’t wait to hear this live. If this is the singer I met while up there in Feb this and her voice is going to be great. As far as poem etc

    Maybe use a few slam tactics to get the poem and lyrics to work together. Repetition. Something that you both string thru the piece.

    Maybe something as simple as “they tell” me my shoulders are …… Or. “And they say” biting my nails…… A sort of conjunction link that could help shape this , make it a tad more conversational (if that’s what you want) and can be easily weaved into the lyrics

    Also. What do you want me to take away.
    1. That views are imposed on you?
    2. That society is judgmental ?
    3. That we need these warnings to stay safe / be in control?

    Tshaka Campbell

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