She was a girl from Birmingham
She just had an abortion
She was a case of insanity
Her name was Pauline, she lived in a tree

She was a no-one who killed her baby
She sent her letters from the country
She was an animal
She was a bloody disgrace

Body, I'm not an animal
Body, I'm not an animal

Dragged on a table in a factory
Illegitimate place to be
In a packet in a lavatory
Die little baby, screaming

Body, screaming fucking bloody mess
Not an animal, it's an abortion

Body, I'm not an animal
Mummy, I'm not an abortion

Throbbing squirm
Gurgling bloody mess
I'm not a discharge
I'm not a loss in protein
I'm not a throbbing squirm

Fuck this and fuck that
Fuck it all and fuck the fucking brat
She don't want a baby who looks like that
I don't want a baby that looks like that

Body, I'm not an animal
Body, an abortion

Body, I'm not an animal
Body, I'm not an animal
An animal
I'm not an animal
I'm not an animal, an animal, an
I'm not a body
I'm not an animal, an animal
I'm not an animal

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  • +8
    Song Meaning

    Sorry to everyone who thinks this song is anti-abortion: You're wrong. Johnny had this to say in an interview when asked if Bodies was anti-abortion:

    "No. Quite the opposite. No, no. Early on I had an acceptance of what life really is. We lived in two rooms and we had an outdoor toilet. My mum had a miscarriage. And this isn't against my mum, but - this could have been a brother or a sister for me to play with and I had to flush it down the toilet. I mean, that strikes you. And that's like an abortion. I'm not anti- or pro-abortion. Every woman should have the choice when they face it. But that was a grim Steptoe & Son world. My mum was heartbroken. And if you construe that as being anti-abortion, then you're a silly cu... sausage."

    So, he's pro-choice and has a special message to those who construe.

    CVReynoldson September 05, 2009   Link
  • +7
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    this song is a true story about a crazy girl that stalked johnny, her name was pauline and she "lived" in a treehouse in the back yard of the mental instution in johnny's neighborhood, and one day she showed up at johnny's door, completely naked holding a plastic garbage bag that had a dead fetus in it, and then proceeded to tell him that she gave herself a coat-hanger abortion because she didn't want to have anyone else's child but his. johnny was nither pro or anti abortion he writes lyrics that he knows are going to piss all the right people off.... hence god save the queen, and Anarchy for the U.K., promoting anarchy in the uk at the time was the equivent of putting out a death threat for the president today, and also in 1970's england it was a crime against the crown (federal crime/felony) to make any public statement that was considered "bad-mouthing" or mocking the queen

    LastCaresson September 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
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    on the program Classic Album's, johnny rotten says it's a true story, this crazy girl came to his house with a foetus in a clear plastic handbag, so he decided to write a song about it. he also says it's neither pro- or anti-abortion, just thought provoking.

    petethefoolon June 18, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    John said that it's not for or against abortion. Pauline was a mad fan who used to turn up everywhere. She had a funny way of knowing where the band was.

    Whatsername1251on June 04, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    What an amazing song! I don't think it's anti abortion (she don't want a baby that look like that, I don't want a baby that looks like that!), I think it's more about the fact that abortion is nasty, and unpleasant, regardless of your opinions as to whether a woman should have the right or not. And yeah, it's also designed to shock.....but I think it's genius.

    buffonia1on November 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    abortion is a womens right so SHUT UP.

    thisisausernameon July 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    its wkd man!!!!! never mind the bollocks is the best album eva. this is real punk, not this new sappy stuff!

    wally_nightingaleon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this is the greatest sex pisotls song.. rottens voice is amazing and so powerful (as always) but ESPECIALLY on this song which is my favorite of many pistols songs

    empty_satireon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    pretty daring for its day..."fuck this and fuck that, fuck it all and fuck the fucking brat" you don't even find lyrics like that much nowadays let alone the 70s. bet it was all censored

    Cherub Rockon April 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Johnny Rotten's lyrics and songs are very meaningful. They tend to piss people off because they have what most people lack, integrity.

    montresoron October 24, 2006   Link

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