Sexuality

1st June 1991
Billy Bragg
Polygram Canada (CD single) 867 665-2
Number of discs: 1

plus Sexuality (London Remix)/Bad Penny/Bread and Circuses/Heart Like A Wheel

I’ve had relations with girls from many nations
I’ve made passes at women of all classes
And just because you’re gay I won’t turn you away
If you stick around I’m sure that we can find some common ground

Chorus:
Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me

A nuclear submarine sinks off the coast of Sweden
Headlines give me headaches when I read them
I had an uncle who once played for Red Star Belgrade
He said some things are really left best unspoken
But I prefer it all to be out in the open

Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality – Don’t threaten me with misery
Sexuality – I demand equality

I’m sure that everybody knows how much my body hates me
It lets me down most every time and makes me rash and hasty
I feel a total jerk before your naked body of work

I’m getting weighed down with all this information
Safe sex doesn’t mean no sex it just means use your imagination
Stop playing with yourselves in hard currency hotels
I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero

Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality – Come eat and drink and sleep with me
Sexuality – We can be what we want to be

I’ve had relations with girls from many nations
I’ve made passes at women of all classes
And just because you’re gay I won’t turn you away
If you stick around I’m sure that we can find some common ground

Chorus:
Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me

A nuclear submarine sinks off the coast of Sweden
Headlines give me headaches when I read them
I had an uncle who once played for Red Star Belgrade
He said some things are really left best unspoken
But I prefer it all to be out in the open

Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality – Don’t threaten me with misery
Sexuality – I demand equality

I’m sure that everybody knows how much my body hates me
It lets me down most every time and makes me rash and hasty
I feel a total jerk before your naked body of work

I’m getting weighed down with all this information
Safe sex doesn’t mean no sex it just means use your imagination
Stop playing with yourselves in hard currency hotels
I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero

Sexuality – Strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality – Your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality – Come eat and drink and sleep with me
Sexuality – We can be what we want to be

I have a letter from her
When she worked for the “Woman’s Realm”
And all the things she promised me
She promised herself as well
She said, “I want my freedom”
And ran off along the beach
It’s hard to love a girl so near
Yet so far out of reach

She came back when the tide came in
And introduced her friend to me
She said, “Don’t ring while he is here”
And gave me back my poetry
She expected me to understand
As she’s always done this before
And now she asks me
“Why don’t you send me poems anymore?”

And she steals more than she buys
You can see it in her eyes
And she’ll come back as soon as she’s ready
She’s a bad penny

Then she comes back and asks me
To sing all her favourite songs
As if she’s never been away
As if she’s done nothing wrong
But I’ve come to the conclusion
That she doesn’t realise a thing
And she probably still thinks I love her
And she doesn’t know that it’s a sin

Crowds gather ’round
Kneeling at the feet of common thieves
Hungry for the word
But God would never speak to such as these
Such as these

Who offer healing hands and balms
And redemption, a few would cross their palms
They’ll tell your troubles to the Lord
For how ever much you can afford

Hands holding hands
In the circle of the sinners and the saints
Memories that linger from the cradle
Placing puzzles in the grave
In the grave

No mortal skin and bone
Can live on bread and circuses alone
The spirit needs must drive
The mystery of why you’re alive

They look in their Book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

Dance in the dust
In the frenzy of the desperately in need
Led by the voices of the men who invoke
Ritual to hide their greed
Hide their greed

Come every tongue, every eye
Across the crumbling earth and cracking skies
The gates of hell stand open wide
But the path of glory, you walk single file

They look in their book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

These men make a cage
For the very souls that came here to be freed
They turn off their lights for their tents
They’re fixing to leave

They look in their Book and they read
But their cold hearts say, “Follow me”

They’ll close all their Books and they’ll leave
Their cold hearts say, “Follow me”
They’ll close their Book and leave
They’ll close up their Books and leave

Some say the heart is just like a wheel
When you bend it, you can’t mend it
But my love for is like a sinking ship
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean

They say that death is a tragedy
It comes once, and it’s over
But my only wish is for that deep, dark abys
‘Cause what’s the use

And it’s only love
And it’s only love
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out

When harm is done, no
I know it happens frequently
What I don’t understand, oh please God, hold my hand
Is why it should happen to me

And it’s only love
And it’s only love
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out
That can wreck a human being, turn him inside out

Some say the heart is just like a wheel
When you bend it, you can’t mend it
But my love for is like a sinking ship
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean
And my heart is on that ship out in the ocean

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