midweek music: “Women with a Y”

One of my absolute favorite songs by one of my absolute favorite bands, Uncle Bonsai is a folk trio I first learned of through Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight” radio show in the 1980s. I got to interview them when they came to New York and played at the Bottom Line, and then they gave a great show where they double-billed with Christine Lavin.

This song, “Women with a Y,” has one of the greatest verses ever written:

Mary was a martyr
Mary must have been a martyr
‘Cuz her God in all his wisdom couldn’t look her in the eye
So he took her and he left her
With some jackass in a stable
While he boasted of the conquest to the other holy guys
So the man takes his position
With the woman in submission
‘Cuz the Bible says that’s how they do it here.
And the women fall from favor
All because some horny savior
Showed that men can come just once and disappear

I’m incredibly jealous of Andrew Ratshin for writing that verse. Just brilliant.

Anyhow, here’s the whole thing….

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