Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World – Jim O’Rourke

women of the world take over because if you don’t the world will come to an end and it won’t take long

this song is gently powerful in its wish for change.  what if we lived in a matriarchal society?  how much more loving it would be.  how much less destruction would go on – we’d be thinking of our sons and daughters, lovers and grandmothers – and the connectedness of all life – before making decisions that effect all of us.

what if men listened to us?  we’d be more nurturing to the earth – nurturing to each other – nurturing to communities.

this song is from the point of a man saying he wants to give up his dominant position in society, like in the thurston moore song “circulation,” which moore says is about “menstrual blood, annihilation in the year 2012 and the coming of the new matriarchy.”

women of the world take over, because if you don’t the world will come to an end.

what wrongs another wrongs all of us.  we must defend ourselves and one another

we will no longer be victims of internalized oppression – clawing each other down like crabs trying to get out of a pot.  we will help others get out as we get out – unafraid that they will take our place in the cogs of machinery.  women of the world take all life with us as we rise

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