"Esther's First Communion" as written by and Dory Langdon Previn....
When she made her first communion
Esther made the perfect union
In her dress of white and wispy veil
Esther’s parents said to please us
You got to go an marry Jesus
And her father took her to the alter rail

When she made her first communion
Esther made the perfect union
And that night she though of him in bed
She decided if he sees us
We ought to get a look at Jesus
And she began to see the one she wed

I began to see little Jesus
He was sitting on my bed
That’s what Esther told her mother
And to which her mother said
You’re an evil child to tease us
Glory be I hope to Jesus
That your father never hears this
He would wash your mouth with soap

When she made her first communion
Esther made the perfect union
But she never saw his little face again
Yeh her mother said don’t tease us
So instead of seeing Jesus
She began to see a lot of other men

What she saw was quite a collection
Older men and young ones too
Cousins friends and even a brother
One at a time and quite a few
She began to see a gay uncle
Who resembled Billy Graham
She began to see perfect strangers
She didn’t even know by name

When she made her first communion
Esther made the perfect union
But she never saw his face again
Yeh her mother said don’t tease us
So instead of seeing Jesus
She began to see a lot of other men
But she never told her mother again
No she never told her mother again
No


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    General CommentI'm rather amazed that none of Dory's songs have been commented on; hers are fun lyrics to dissect. This is the first song I heard by Previn, through my father, who first learned it from an inmate at a mental hospital he was admitted to.

    On the very surface, the song appears to be sexual -- Jesus "sitting on her bed" added to her parents' reaction, and the brilliant "so instead of seeing Jesus, she began to see a lot of other men". The song has nothing to do with sex, but I believe Dory most likely made the song appear to be; the song is bouncy and there's a humorous tone to her voice.

    The fact of the matter is that when Esther sees Jesus and all of these other men, she's not seeing them as in dating them, but actually seeing them. This is a song about schizophrenia.

    It's also interesting to note the antagonistic position of the parents (namely the mother, though the father's displeasure is implied). Instead of facing their daughter's disease (a scary thing, especially in the 1970's), they not only avoid it but scare Esther's brain into avoiding part of it (She never sees Jesus again). The theme of parents who misunderstand their daughters is prominent in Previn's work, largely due to her own experiences with a mentally-ill father.
    dwellsinshipson August 11, 2008   Link

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