"She's Got Medals" as written by and David Bowie....
She'd walk through the door and she'd set up the drinks on the house
She played a good game of darts, and the men slapped her back
And never took her out
She wore a trenchcoat khaki
Her hobnail boots were full of holes
She's got medals

Her mother called her Mary, but she changed her name to Tommy, she's a one, oh
She went and joined the army, passed the medical
Don't ask me how it's done
They sent her to the front line
Fighting for her country's name
She's got medals

She got very tired of picking up girls
Cleaning her gun and shaving her curls
Then the enemy dropped a bomb
Survivors there were none

People say that when the moon is full and all the stars have gone to bed
You can see her ghost but that's a lie because the naughty woman isn't dead
She deserted on the previous morning
Replaced her uniform with dresses silk and green
Called herself Eileen
Came to London town
Now she's settled down
She's got medals


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"She's Got Medals" as written by David Bowie

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    General Comment"Her mother called her mary, but she changed her name to tommy, she's a one
    Oh, she went and joined the army, passed the medical
    Don't ask me how it's done"


    And

    "People say that when the moon is full and all the stars have gone to bed
    You can see her ghost but that's a lie because the naughty woman isn't dead"

    Amazing rhyming, I love how whimnsical this early stuff is, but it hides a very acute and brilliant sense of things. Obviously this song has to do with a woman who didn't relate to the feminine ideals that were demanded of her in her time, and so she became a boy. And then she realized she didn't want to fight anymore and so, as a girl, it was in her power to desert the others and be a woman again.

    It's a brilliant song because it talks about how gender boundaries are insanely ridiculous.
    TheThornBirdson February 11, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Her mother called her mary, but she changed her name to tommy, she's a one
    Oh, she went and joined the army, passed the medical
    Don't ask me how it's done"


    And

    "People say that when the moon is full and all the stars have gone to bed
    You can see her ghost but that's a lie because the naughty woman isn't dead"

    Amazing rhyming, I love how whimnsical this early stuff is, but it hides a very acute and brilliant sense of things. Obviously this song has to do with a woman who didn't relate to the feminine ideals that were demanded of her in her time, and so she became a boy. And then she realized she didn't want to fight anymore and so, as a girl, it was in her power to desert the others and be a woman again.

    It's a brilliant song because it talks about how gender boundaries are insanely ridiculous.
    TheThornBirdson February 11, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Her mother called her mary, but she changed her name to tommy, she's a one
    Oh, she went and joined the army, passed the medical
    Don't ask me how it's done"


    And

    "People say that when the moon is full and all the stars have gone to bed
    You can see her ghost but that's a lie because the naughty woman isn't dead"

    Amazing rhyming, I love how whimnsical this early stuff is, but it hides a very acute and brilliant sense of things. Obviously this song has to do with a woman who didn't relate to the feminine ideals that were demanded of her in her time, and so she became a boy. And then she realized she didn't want to fight anymore and so, as a girl, it was in her power to desert the others and be a woman again.

    It's a brilliant song because it talks about how gender boundaries are insanely ridiculous.
    TheThornBirdson February 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was bored one night watching an episode of "Liberty's Kids" on OPB, and the particular ep was about this woman who was fighting in the civil war or something (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, or someone who sounded like her) and how she had gotten many medals during her service, she was ''honorably'' discharged, once her true gender was discovered... dunno why, but now that I'm listening to this song, it kinda reminds me of that.
    S4v3St4t3son March 14, 2012   Link

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