Morning music: Corin Tucker’s angry protest song about our stalled feminist revolution

I’m going to be writing a lot about gender this weekend, and I thought there was no better way to kick off that theme than to post this song from Corin Tucker’s terrific album from last year, Kill My Blues*. The song is called “Groundhog Day,” and I don’t know of another that better expresses the state of American feminism in the year of 2013: angry, frustrated, and, world-weary as it is, also oddly idealistic, too.

I’ve pasted the lyrics to the song after the jump (they can also be found here). Enjoy!

Huh? Que pasa? I’ve just woken up
Like Rip Van Winkle in a denim mini skirt
Wait, you see, now, I took a rest
I took some time to be a mom and have some kids
What’s up y’all? I thought we had a plan
Gonna move things forward
for us and women round the globe
Awake now, outside it froze
Instead of going forward, where the hell we going now?

Why? Is it so?
Tell me something are we living in slow-mo?
Why? Is it so?
I got some dreams living in a back drawer

Did I lay down, did I fall asleep?
On the backs of the women who have come before me?
Tell me almost equal, almost good enough
Almost had a woman go and run the White House
What does it mean now, why can’t I wake up?
Is our generation stuck in a deep rut?
We fight the same battle, over and over again
What are we missing, tell me how can we move on?

(*Ed Kilgore has posted Sleater Kinney videos from time to time. I strongly suggest that he and anyone else who was a fan of theirs to check out Corin Tucker’s album, which at its best is nearly as good as they were at the top of their form. The album put out in 2011 by Carrie Brownstein’s band, Wild Flag, is also first-rate, but it’s Kill My Blues I keep coming back to. The songs are compelling and Tucker’s wild woman vocals are in fine form).

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee