"Lady Boy" as written by Tim Powles, Steven John Kilbey and Martin Howard Willson-piper....
An open door, an extended hand,
What can I say, I understand
She talks like a bird yet she walks like a man
She'll be here tonight I understand
She hunts in a pack yet she ends up alone
She tells you its not alright darling, why'd you worship that stone ?

Hold me closer ladyboy, there's a rope that's dragging you out of this world
It doesn't care if you're heavy girl
Hold me closer ladyboy, if you look you can see that it's just you and me
There's nothing left of our world

So you think it's a sin, I bet it's a miracle
You think that you're safe, I tell you you're critical

The merciless gods who sometimes pour down their scorn
They cannot die and also cannot be born


An open door, an extended hand, what can I say - I understand
I understand, I understand, I understand

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"Lady Boy" as written by Steven John Kilbey Martin Howard Willson-piper

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    General CommentI'm surprised nobody has commented on this song yet. Aside from being one of the two worthwhile songs from this album, it's arguably an important song as regards LGBT rights. It's not really considered PC to call trans women ladyboys anymore, and the use of the word actually suggests a consumerist approach to a person who may or may not be forced by circumstance to offer sexual services, whether for free or at cost. It's hard to say that this is Kilbey's stance on trans women, however, given that he is writing of someone (himself or a character) calling her a "miracle" in the face of binary gender criticism, and further asserting that no gods, said by some to be disapproving and simultaneously eternal, could ever truly understand the carnal, erotic, or romantic. The subject of trans people, often understood these days to include people of non-binary gender status, is fascinating enough, but then there is the human aspect. The age-old cliché of "put yourself in their shoes," ever applicable, will lead a person to realize that such people need love and even some semblance of normalcy in their lives. To be exploited strictly for the sexual possibilities is to limit the value of a person, and no group of people suffer from this more than trans people. With all this in mind, presented in this song is a character that perhaps came for the exotic sexuality, and has come around to the humanity, perhaps even the romantic, and arguably a bit of romanticizing. In short, a human connection, albeit not fully complete, has been made. As for the quality of the song itself, it seems far less incomplete than many others on the record, but the subject should have been explored further. The song stands out as both the second-best song on the record (behind "Comedown") and a worthy addition to a giant Church playlist. I credit this song and other things with helping me get past an aversion to the subject of trans folk, which was nothing more than fear of my own potential attractions. Even if people do not find trans folk attractive, let's work to reverse the damage our societal pressures have done, accept them as they are, and make room in our societies for them.
    maddpsyintyston May 05, 2015   Link

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