(No Such Thing As) Bad Words

from by Emily Yates

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Well there’s no such thing as a bad word
The syllables alone can do no harm
It’s just the actions behind ‘em and the feelings that inspire them
That should ever cause you alarm

In every single language there are words that are taboo
Everybody knows which ones they are
And you get a lot of trouble if you bring ‘em out in public
But don’t worry you can use ‘em in your car


When you go to church you can’t say Praise the Fucking Lord
The people there would kick you out the door
But those same folks just might tell you that you’re going straight to hell
And that my friends is what offends me more


There are people who use euphemisms or abbreviate
They say Eff and Shh and C-Word and that makes it all okay
They somehow think it’s better when they remove a couple letters
But we know what they really mean to say

They mean Fuck, Shit, Cunt, they mean Motherfucker
And there’s nothin’ wrong with that I’m here to say
Just say Fuck, Shit, Cunt, just say Motherfucker
You’re sayin’ it in your head anyway …



from I've Got Your Folk Songs Right Here, released June 14, 2012
Backup Vocals: Rachel Colwell, Rose Guthrie, Carolyn Lang



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