Sexuality

1st June 1991
Billy Bragg
Go! Discs 7” GOD 56 12” GODX 56
Number of discs: 1

plus Bad Penny

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

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