Music Break: Me’shell Ndegéocello – “Leviticus (Faggot)”

December 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm (Music Break) (, , , , , , )

 

Leviticus (Faggot)
music and lyric by Me’shell Ndegéocello
Copyright © 1996 Revolutionary Jazz Giant/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)

Faggot better run, learn to run, ’cause daddy’s home
His sweet lil’ boy just a little too sweet
Every night the man showed the faggot what a real man should be
The man and the faggot will never see
For so many can’t even perceive a real man
Tell me

Not that the faggot didn’t find a woman fine and beautiful
He admired desired their desires
He wanted love from strong hands
The faggot wanted the love of a man

His mother would pray
Save him, save him, save him from this life
His mother would pray
Save him, save him, save him from this life

Go to church, boy
Faggot you’re just a prisoner of your own perverted world
No picket fence acting like a bitch, that’s all he sees
Ain’t that what faggot means
No love dreams
Only the favors sweet Michael performed for money to eat
‘Cause the man kicked the faggot out the house at 16
Amen, mother let it be

Before long he was crowned QUEEN for all the world to see
Bloody body face down
All hail the queen
The wages of sin are surely death
That’s what mama used to say

His mother would pray
Save him, save him, save him from this life
His mother would pray
Save him
Save him from this life
Save him
Save me from this life

His mother would pray
Save him, save him, save him from this life
His mother would pray…

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Dykonography 101: Me’shell

December 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm (Dykonography 101) (, , , , , , , , )

 

Me'shell Ndegéocello

Me'shell Ndegéocello

Singer, songwriter, and bassist Me’shell Ndegéocello is a notably eclectic artist whose music frequently confronts social and sexual issues, including racial identity, same-sex attraction, and homophobia. Throughout her career, Ndegéocello has been open about her bisexuality. In interviews, she has spoken about her relationships with choreographer Winifred R. Harris and writer and activist Rebecca Walker, and she sports a “Rebecca” tattoo on her neck. However, while she continues to sing and write about sexual identity and sexuality, since the break-up of her relationship with Walker, Ndegéocello has become more reticent with interviewers about details of her private relationships with lovers, friends, and family members.

She is also known by the name Me’shell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur, which she adopted several years ago after converting to Islam.

-excerpted from Krista L. May‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Annie

December 10, 2008 at 9:15 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

The Scottish-born ’80s icon discovered the ‘play-gay’ card by accident. Interested in the way gender was presented, Lennox began to experiment with androgyny in the ’80s. Not only did she sport a shaved head and flat-chested look but she would often dress in a suit. When The Eurythmics released the gay anthem “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves”, her lesbian following began to swell and fans eagerly awaited her ‘coming out’. However, it never came. “Unfortunately, I am terribly heterosexual” she said in a recent interview. She went on to claim that her life would have been ‘much easier’ if she had been gay.

-excerpted from “Play Gays” article in Fyne Times Gay and Lesbian Magazine, UK (read the rest)

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