The Stronger Sex

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Music and Lyrics by Cindy Ruenes

Story

Cindy Ruenes- Guitar and Vocals

Tina Margot- Guitar and Vocals

Jess Arrivello-Djembe and Vocals

Erin Dougherty-Bass and Vocals

Nicole DiLanzo-Piano and Vocals

Barb Rocca-Shaker and Vocals

Kate Miterko-Violin

Karen McKenna-Vocals

Patti Brown-Vocals

 

Lyrics

Chorus

Giussepina, Hazel and Shirley

My grandmothers and my mom

You, like me and women before us

Have thought that we’re not quite enough

 

Giusseppina... 

Coffee scented kitchen from the grinder on the wall  Warm milk at bedtime

Never smiling, but never angry

Extreme sadness and heavily “Italianed” English

She left all she'd known to come make a home with a man she barely knew.  

 

Hazel...            

Walnut vanilla cake and green bean casserole  Everything in its place

Always smiling and rarely cranky

Intuitive, gentle and heavily "Bostoned" English

She lived the life of the consummate wife of the consummate family man.

 

Shirley...

Intoxicating scent of her motherly perfection   

Calm in the midst of chaos

An artist, a nurse and my anchor

Warmth and love and beauty and laughter

She raised 5 of us alone, with a man never home, just being a good doctor’s wife.

 

Chorus

Giussepina, Hazel and Shirley

My grandmothers and my mom

You, like me and women before us

Have thought that we’re not quite enough

 

Bridge

You were told then, and we still hear now that we are the weaker sex  

We don’t like our bodies, we’re not quite “enough”.    

But how can that possibly be?

Because if you look at it at its most rudimentary level

Aren't we the ones that sustain the lives of our species before they're born?

If our bodies are capable of that, then how can we be the weaker sex?

How can we not cherish our bodies?  How can we not cherish ourselves?

How can we not cherish our bodies?  How can we not cherish ourselves?

 

Chorus

Giussepina, Hazel and Shirley

My grandmothers and my mom

I wish you knew then, what I have learned now

I wish you knew then, what I now know                       Repeat and fade