The Magdalene Laundries 1994 Joni Mitchell
TrekThe Magdalene Laundries

Artis: Joni Mitchell

Album: Turbulent Indigo

Waktu rilis: 25-10-1994

I was an unmarried girl

Id just turned twenty-seven


When they sent me to the sisters


For the way men looked at me


Branded as a jezebel


I knew I was not bound for heaven


Id be cast in shame

Into the magdalene laundries


Most girls come here pregnant


Some by their own fathers


Bridget got that belly

By her parish priest


Were trying to get things white as snow

All of us woe-begotten-daughters


In the streaming stains

Of the magdalene laundries


Prostitutes and destitutes


And temptresses like me


Fallen women

Sentenced into dreamless drudgery


Why do they call this heartless place

Our lady of charity


Oh charity!


These bloodless brides of jesus

If they had just once glimpsed their groom

Then theyd know, and theyd drop the stones

Concealed behind their rosaries


They wilt the grass they walk upon


They leech the light out of a room


Theyd like to drive us down the drain

At the magdalene laundries


Peg oconnell died today


She was a cheeky girl

A flirt

They just stuffed her in a hole


Surely to God youd think at least some bells should ring


One day Im going to die here too

And theyll plant me in dirtthe


Like some lame bulb

That never blooms come any spring


Not any spring


No, not any spring


Not any spring

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