Wild Women of Uralla
present

RECLAIM THE NIGHT SONGS
(collected by Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith)

Reclaim the Night
Peggy Seeger

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

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

And 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)

A husband has his lawful rights
Can take his wife when 'ere 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
The system gives a 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, but don't ask us to forgive them
They know what they do(Chorus)

I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor

First I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live
Without you by my side
But I spent so many nights
Thinking how you did me wrong
I grew strong, I learned how to carry on
And so you're back, from outer space
I just walked in to find you here
With that sad look upon your face
I should have changed my stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second
You'd be back to bother me

Go on now go, walk out the door
Just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I'd crumble?
Did you think I'd lay down and die?
Oh no, not I, I will survive
As long as I know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
And I'll survive I will survive

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
And I spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry, now I hold my head up high
And you see me
Somebody new
I'm not that chained up little person
Still in love with you
And so you felt like dropping in
And just expect me to be free
Now I'm saving all my loving
For someone who's loving me

DON'T BE TOO POLITE GIRLS
Glen Tomasetti

Don't be too polite, girls
Don't be too polite
Show a little fight, girls
Show a little fight
Don't be fearful of offending
In case you get the sack
Just recognise your value
And you won't look back

All we want is justice
We demand our right
To walk the streets in freedom
Safe by day or night
Don't we pay our taxes?
Don't we pay our dues?
Watch out now we're coming
And it's front page news!

BATTLE HYMN OF WOMEN
Lyricist unknown

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the flame of women's rage
Kept smouldering for centuries
Now burning in this age
We no longer will be pris'ners
In that same old gilded cage
That's why we're marching on

We'll reclaim the night together
We'll reclaim the night together
We'll reclaim the night together
For women's time has come!

You have told us to speak softly
To be gentle and to smile
Expected us to change ourselves
With every passing style
Said the only work for women
Was to clean and sweep and file
That's why we're marching on

It is we who've done your cooking
Done your cleaning, kept your rules
We gave birth to all your children
And we taught them in your schools
We've kept the system running
But we're laying down our tools
For women's time has come!

We reclaim our town tonight
For every woman, every child
We claim our right to safety
Violence can't be reconciled
We demand to live in peace and
We've been waiting quite a while
Now women's time has come!

Bold Woman
Kath McMillan

I am a bold woman
I am such a brave bold woman
Walking right into the dragon's mouth alone
I am a brave woman
I am such a brave bold woman
Seeking love and beauty I go on my own
I go on my own

Seeking love and beauty
On my quest I go
No matter what may happen
I know I will grow, yes I must grow

Keep On Walking Forward
Pat Humphries

We're going to keep on walking forward
Keep on walking forward
Keep on walking forward
Never turning back, never turning back

2. We're going to keep on singing loudly
3. We're going to work for peace together
4. We're going to keep on loving boldly
5. We're going to change the world together
6. We're going to keep on walking forward

Rise with the Fire
Starhawk

We will rise with the fire of freedom
Truth is the fire that will break our chains
And we will stop the fire of destruction
Healing is the fire running through our veins

Gentle Angry Women

We are gentle, angry women
And we're singing, singing for our lives
We are gentle, angry women
And we're singing, singing for our lives

We'll reclaim the night together
And we're singing, singing for our lives
We'll reclaim the night together
And we're singing, singing for our lives

We'll be strong and safe together
And we're singing, singing for our lives
We'll be strong and safe together
And we're singing, singing for our lives

We are gentle, angry women
And we're singing, singing for our lives
We are gentle, angry women
And we're singing, singing for our lives


In-Na-Nay
Tiddas

In-na-nay cup oo wanna
In-na-nay cup oo wanna
Ay ay ay oola, oola oola
Oola ay yipi ay yipi ay

Goanna goanna goanna
Goanna goann choo!
Goanna goanna goanna
Goanna goann choo!

I am a Powerful Woman
Valerie Girard

I am a powerful woman I am
I am a powerful woman I am
I connect with myself in everything
I am a powerful woman I am

I am a passionate woman I am (repeat)
I express myself with a power and love
I am a passionate woman I am

I am a feeling woman I am (repeat)
I accept all the things expressing through me,
I am a feeling woman I am

I am a loving woman I am (repeat)
I love myself in everyone
I am a loving woman I am

I am divine woman I am (repeat)
The Goddess is fully awake within me
I am divine woman I am

I am a powerful woman I am
I am a powerful woman I am
I connect with myself in everything
I am a powerful woman I am

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