Song Lyric Sunday: Safe Sex Doesn’t Mean No Sex!

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
songs where somebody is having sex or talking about it
.
The song must contain a reference to this prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Here is a frisky little number from Billy Bragg, the Bard of Barking. He is a British singer-songwriter who combines folk, punk and protest with political or romantic themes. Sometimes both.

His early music is raw and stripped back to him and an electric guitar, but today’s track is full-on band stuff with the wonderful Kirsty MacColl providing backing vocals.

Sexuality is from his 1991 studio album Don’t Try This at Home. And is about the joy of consensual sex with whoever takes your fancy, no matter what they have in their pants. It’s not encouraging promiscuity, but trying to kick over repressive conceptions about who is an “ideal” partner.

I saw Billy Bragg in concert back in 1991. Yes, I am that old! But memory doesn’t escape me: the gig was a gas. Hard to pick a favourite moment, but Billy’s encore with Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite was a delight.

As well as the relief we all felt when he announced that (Everything I Do) I Do it For You by Bryan Adams had been knocked off the number one spot after sixteen weeks. Unfortunately, not by Billy Bragg, Sexuality only made it to number twenty-seven.

You can’t have everything, but you can have the video complete with nineties fashions and Kirsty making rude gestures behind Billy’s back.

I’ve had relations with girls from many nations
I’ve made passes at women of all classes
And just because you’re gay I won’t turn you away
If you stick around I’m sure that we can find some common-ground

Sexuality, strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality, your laws do not apply to me

A nuclear submarine sinks off the coast of Sweden
Headlines give me headaches when I read them
I had an uncle who once played for Red Star Belgrade
He said some things are really best left unspoken
But I prefer it all to be out in the open

Sexuality, young and warm and wild and free
Sexuality, your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality, don’t threaten me with misery
Sexuality, I demand equality

I’m sure that everybody knows how much my body hates me
It lets me down most every time and makes me rash and hasty
I feel a total jerk before your naked body of work

I’m getting weighed down with all this information
Safe sex doesn’t mean no sex it just means use your imagination
Stop playing with yourselves in hard currency hotels
I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero

Sexuality, strong and warm and wild and free
Sexuality, your laws do not apply to me
Sexuality, come eat and drink and sleep with me
Sexuality, we can be what we want to be

Songwriters: Billy Bragg / Johnny Marr
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