Reclaim The Night (Seeger Peggy)

RECLAIM THE NIGHT (Peggy Seeger) Though Eve was made from Adam's rib Nine months he lay within her crib How can a man of woman born Thereafter use her sex with scorn? For though we bear the human race To us is given but second place And some men place us lower still By using us against our will If we choose to walk alone For us there is no safety zone If we're attacked we bear the blame They say that we began the game And though you prove your injury The judge may set the rapist free Therefore the victim is to blame Call it nature, but rape's the name CHORUS: Reclaim the night and win the day We want the right that should be our own A freedom women have seldom known The right to live, the right to walk alone without fear A husband has his lawful rights Can take his wife whene'er he likes And courts uphold time after time That rape in marriage is no crime The choice is hers and hers alone Submit or lose your kids and home When love becomes a legal claim Call it duty, but rape's the name And if a man should rape a child It's not because his spirit's wild Our system gives the prize to all Who trample on the weak and small When fathers rape, they surely know Their kids have nowhere else to go Try to forget, don't ask us to Forgive them -- they know what they do (CHORUS) When exploitation is the norm Rape is found in many forms Lower wages, meaner tasks Poorer schooling, second class We serve our own, and, like the men We serve employers -- it follows then That bodies raped is nothing new But just a servant's final due We've raised our voices in the past And this time will not be the last Our bodies' gift is ours to give Not payment for the right to live Since we've outgrown the status quo We claim the right to answer "No!" If without consent he stake a claim Call it rape, for rape's the name (CHORUS) Copyright Stormking Music @feminist @rape @abuse filename[ RECLMNIT MC ===DOCUMENT BOUNDARY