All Ova Bar The Shouting

I… me… I… I’ve… I’ve… me… I… I’ve… I… I… I… I… I… I… me… me… my… I… my… I… I’ve… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… me… I… my… I’m… I… my… I… I’ve… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I… I.”

– Reddy’s most famous hit, abridged.

 
Co-writer Ray Burton improved the lyrics to I Am Woman (1971) and put them to music. He must therefore be regarded as the man who took a corny, banal sentiment and gave it the bravura, triumphant feel that made the song a feminist ‘anthem.’ The track’s most historically interesting lyric is this: “But I’m still an embryo, With a long, long way to go.” Just two years later, Roe vs. Wade crystalised in a fatuous caricature of ‘law’ the means by which hundreds of thousands of little girls were given a far shorter way to go. It’s hard to say if Reddy penned I Am Woman because she was really a feminist or just that she had to become one to go with it. Either way, after becoming a US citizen in 1974 she became a resolute Democrat Party fundraiser and was especially close to far left moonbeam and California Governor, Jerry Brown.

The philosophy of Reddy’s anthem – such as it is – does indeed encapsulate the narcissism and the selfishness of 1970s feminism. She nailed that. Thrice married and thrice divorced, Reddy once claimed that she wrote I Am Woman because women had never before been given a voice in song. They hadn’t roared, as it were. If true – which it isn’t – that would be because they were busy ensuring their families, their marriages, their societies and their embryos were invincible; or as invincible as they could be. Their song is civilisation itself and much of the nihilistic noise now overwhelming it comes from – guess who – feminists.

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43 Responses to All Ova Bar The Shouting

  1. mh

    “But I’m still an embryo, With a long, long way to go.”

    There is no ‘I’ in embryo.
    It’s just a cluster of cells.

  2. JR

    Great post, like your other ones.

  3. Some History

    All Ova Bar The Shouting

    LOL 🙂

  4. JR

    Someone should ask ‘Nanny’ Pelosi what St. John the Baptist did, in his mother’s womb, at the approach of the Blessed Virgin Mary and what emotion St. Elizabeth ascribed it to. Then ask her, as an alleged Catholic, her position on the slaughter of the unborn.

    Then ask her for an ice-cream. Or perhaps a gin.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The philosophy of Reddy’s anthem – such as it is – does indeed encapsulate the narcissism and the selfishness of 1970s feminismwomen in general. She nailed that.

    covfefe

  6. Walter Plinge

    It was just another annoying, whiny protest song typical of the era. When played it was a sign to change station. (The missus doesn’t agree so I had to change the subject when it came up this afternoon. She was an impressionable teenager at the time.).

  7. Some History

    A word from Jane Carosene


    Jane Caro
    @JaneCaro

    Looking forward to being on
    @theprojecttv
    tonight to talk about the extraordinary #HelenReddy & her wonderful, inspiring feminist anthem ‘I am Woman’ which came out when I was 15. Vale Helen, we lost far too many great women in September – you, #RBG & #susanryan

    https://twitter.com/JaneCaro/status/1311196575746547713

  8. dover_beach

    Their song is civilisation itself

    Beautifully put.

  9. Real Deal

    Fast Forward had Barry Crocker do a ripper version. It’s on YouTube somewhere. How much of it did Reddy actually write? She wasn’t really regarded as a great lyricist. A few years earlier Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” was ten times the song that Reddy’s Femmo anthem was. And Gentry wrote and sang the lot.

  10. Viva

    I remember going on a bush walk with my brother while loudly complaining about snakes and creepy crawlies etc etc when just to completely brass me off he started belting out “I am woman I am strong”. At least it kept the wild life at a distance.

  11. Pauly

    Reddy once claimed that she wrote I Am Woman because women had never before been given a voice in song

    Ohh dear. The ego was strong in that one.
    Limited selection of “strong woman” songs predating Helen
    Aretha Franklin – Respect, Think
    Ella Fitzgerald – Lorelei
    Niina Simone – basically everything she ever did.

    I dare anyone to listen to the Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute and come away thinking the Queen was some poor downtrodden sod oppressed by men. I highly recommend any of Diana Krall’s versions.

  12. RobK

    Their song is civilisation itself
    Well said.

  13. If true – which it isn’t – that would be because they were busy ensuring their families, their marriages, their societies and their embryos were invincible – or as invincible as they could be.

    I see CL is not coping with modernity at all well.

    It’s amazing that he is able to type at all, given the scars on his knuckles.

  14. JC

    How the hell did you get out from the basement window? You’re too fat to squeeze through.

  15. C.L.

    Lefties and feminists segue casually from foam-speckled denunciations of Amy Coney Barrett to teary-eyed encomiums for Helen Reddy.

  16. dover_beach

    monty admits that families, marriages, societies, and children are all to be sacrificed to self-interest which is why he didn’t raise an eyebrow when Triggs abandoned her severely disabled daughter as not worth the emotional ‘investment’. Or when Bob Hawke fobbed off Hazel for Blanche immediately following his loss to Keating in the party room. These acts, to Monty, reflect all that is new about modernity and thus to be celebrated.

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  18. Arky

    These dirty feminists have wrecked our culture.
    Baby killing harlots.
    They are a minority, but with their dumb, unnatural ideas amplified by the white ants in media and academia.
    “I am woman”. You are deluded, and your fellow travellers forty years later will go on to change the definition of gender such as to erase you and everything you thought you were accompljshing.

  19. one old bruce

    Another noisy and very influential member of the spectacularly misnamed ‘Silent Generation’ born before 1946. Thank you Helen for all those crazy Boomer girls I had to endure growing up, with their multiple abortions, divorces and changes of ‘sexuality’ – they drank your Koolaid. By 1980 I had decided that none of them would make a good life partner, so I made other arrangements which gave me an experience of the last 40 years mostly outside your influence. I don’t think it’s accidental that Helen took US citizenship – the source of the contagion.

  20. Up The Workers!

    But…but…but… what about the other 89 different Leftard “genders” of the Q.W.E.R.T.Y.L.G.B.T.Q.I.S.S.M.A.L.P.A.C.T.U. (and a partridge in a pear-tree)?

    Did Reddy write songs for all of them too?

    Or was she just egregiously selfish and sexist?

  21. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #3602934, posted on October 1, 2020 at 12:02 am
    If true – which it isn’t – that would be because they were busy ensuring their families, their marriages, their societies and their embryos were invincible – or as invincible as they could be.

    I see CL is not coping with modernity at all well.

    I see that m0nty is not coping well at all with life in the basement.

    Callouses on his palms?

  22. MatrixTransform

    the abridged version captures the sentiment better

  23. Des Deskperson

    I first heard of Helen Reddy when I was a kiddie in the late sixties and the notorious Melbourne ‘newspaper’ Truth had an article entitled ‘I stole milk to feed my baby’.

    It was about a member of the ‘prominent’ Melbourne Reddy-Lamond showbiz clan finding herself down on her luck.

    Where it was true or whether it was simply a crude publicity stunt was never clear to me. Truth wasn’t renowned for its veracity.

    Still, from whinger in a scandal sheet to feminist icon – quite a journey.

  24. Boambee John

    Latest version, with apologies to Kittehs, to whom it does not apply.

    I am wymmin, hear me squeal
    Like an ungreased wheel
    I need Emily’s List to get ahead at all.

    But now I am cancelled
    By LGBTIQ and transelled
    I wish I could be like those mans

    It all fell apart
    Like a Nadler fart
    And all my dreams were for naught.

  25. HT

    “I am person with a cervix”, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…

  26. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    An excruciating dirge, emblematic of the utterly vile and catastrophically tasteless prescription drug and alcohol fuelled cesspit of nightmarish depravity that was the 1970s.

    The only wymminses that reddy’s toxic brand of feminayzeeism ever sought to advance were coddled white middle class boomers who lacked the intelligence and smarts of those capable of advancing on their merits. The hundreds of millions of women in the third world who were (and continue to be) oppressed by actual patriarchies could go and take a running jump (or get a clitorectomy).

    So here we are, seeing the tragic consequences of this foul idiocy writ large across a West locked into irreversible cultural, social, demographic and economic decline.

    Thanks a bunch, you mediocre grasping narcissistic staggeringly stupid harridans.

  27. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…

    Nor does “I am person who menstruates”, funnily enough.

  28. HT

    Spurgeon Monkfish III
    #3603078, posted on October 1, 2020 at 8:41 am
    doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…

    Nor does “I am person who menstruates”, funnily enough.

    But you can, apparently, get a federal government arts grant to turn that into art. So there’s that. What a stain that is on our arts community.

  29. Speedbox

    HT
    #3603092, posted on October 1, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I see what you did there.

  30. Chris M

    Well I never heard of her before.

  31. Snoopy

    I am invincible

    How many women has this line killed?

  32. harrys on the boat

    Doesn’t surprise me that a man helped with the song. Many deluded people still don’t know that “Respect”, Aretha Franklins signature track, was originally penned and performed by the genius Otis Redding.

    A funny twist is that Franklins musical re-working of Respect was by a sessions band, headed by Speedo Sims who first bought the idea of Respect to Otis.

  33. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Walter Plinge at 10:11 pm:

    “It was just another annoying, whiny protest song typical of the era. When played it was a sign to change station.”

    Too right, protesting that she was not a man – she was just another noise on the radio for many of us, in a crowded market of fame managers jostling and lying for their supposedly talented client. She sang a couple of profitable songs for five or so years and was of no real interest. I had a look at Wikipedia to remind me of her and discovered she was way more important and fabulous back then than she was at the time. 🤣🤣

    One characteristic I did notice – her self written history had that “I’m special” typically female, boastful, dishonest claim going that she had fashionable heritage. English, Irish, Scots, … and Welsh, Trinidadian, Argentinian, Tasmanian or something by the time I stopped reading. I have seen the syndrome here at Catallaxy – Charlie Hebdo gets bombed and I get to read a contributor has a cute little pied-à-terre on the Left Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu says something interesting and up pops “last time I was visiting my cousins in Jerusalem …” … boring, noisy and unimportant like Helen Reddy.

  34. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Spurgeon Monkfish III at 8:39 am:

    “An excruciating dirge, emblematic of the utterly vile and catastrophically tasteless prescription drug and alcohol fuelled cesspit of nightmarish depravity that was the 1970s.

    mediocre grasping narcissistic staggeringly stupid harridans.”

    That was masterful squire, a virtuoso performance! 😊

  35. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Not one woman here yet coming in on this. The song was part of its times, strident, assertive, youthful and wrong. It was confrontational, oppositional and separatist, none of which are useful ways for men and women to relate, nor ways in which women could be assisted to look for a new place in modernity. That place has been found successfully by some – I give you Amy Coney Barrett. For others though, the search for that place has destroyed the lives of many women who drank the Kool-Aid of the left as their marriages floundered in the 70’s and single motherhood did its worst. The song of defiance became an anthem of despair.

    I know that. I was there. It’s been a rough road back from a fake ‘sisterhood’ to the battle today to hold fast to ‘womanhood’ in the face of an obliterating gender madness.

    Helen Reddy was my age and I am sad that she has died.

  36. Lysander

    I see CL is not coping with modernity at all well.

    It’s amazing that he is able to type at all, given the scars on his knuckles.

    Monty, here is an update to her song:

    “I am invincible…” (I added the next line as a correction): “I am dead!?”

  37. Bruce

    I seem to recall that her previous successful musical outing had been a “religious” number and a homage to a bloke:

    “I don’t Know How to Love HIM”, from J C Superstar:

  38. calli

    Like Caro, I was fifteen when it was released and played on high rotation.

    Loathed it because of the stupid lyrics. Embryo? Seriously? And I always wondered – what “price“? Especially as there was a war on and it seemed to me that the price-payers were all men. I thought the bra-burners were stupid. To my lowly eyes they all looked rather rich and pampered to be able to afford to burn expensive undies.

    That was nearly fifty years ago and the idiots are still whinging and staging stupid demmos and remaining utterly dissatisfied with life.

  39. Stanley

    “But I’m still an embryo, With a long, long way to go.”

    re-write:

    “But I killed an embryo, With no where else to go.”

  40. Patty Duke

    I always thought the the lyrics were unbelievably facile but not a bad tune. I heard excerpts from an interview with her on the radio the other day and she claims she has been a feminist since she was 5 years old. So enlightened!
    I am sorry she has died at a relatively young age but am surprised at the attention from the media and various luvvies over her relatively modest career.

  41. HT

    Patty Duke
    #3603362, posted on October 1, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    I always thought the the lyrics were unbelievably facile but not a bad tune.

    Mrs HT hates its when I point out the lyrics of a song she likes runs against the grain of her belief system. For example, that inane “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker. There are many more! She normally just says “can’t you just enjoy the song without analysis?” To which I retort “and Yet you complain about the affect of Carbi B types on your granddaughter…”

  42. Old Lefty

    And I’m puzzled by the tributes from the politically correct, given that the song now smacks of cisgender binary thought crime. Shouldn’t it now be ‘I am Menstruator’, ‘I am chestfeeder’ or ‘I am Individual with a cervix’?

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