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Song of the Month | CRASS

It’s that time of the month again and the song to represent this month is one that viciously, and I mean that in a good way, and honestly rips apart the standards for women in modern society.

The song of the month is Bata Motel by CRASS.

The amazing thing about the song is that even though it was written way back in 1984, I wasn’t even born yet, it is still meaningful today. This song is perfect for those times when the world just doesn’t seem to like you. You know those times when you hear more prehistoric dating advice for women, make sure you crouch at all times when walking hand in hand with your man you don’t want to hurt his ego. Just think it’s ok cuz “I’ve got 5,4,3,2,1”.

I have to love this song if only for the reason that it contains my favourite lyric of all time “Beautifully mutilated as I fall”. Love it.

It’s so perfect there’s no point me dissecting and analysing it so i’m just going to put the lyrics up for you to admire.

CRASS- Bata Motel
I’ve got 54321,
I’ve got a red pair of high-heels on,
Tumble me over, it doesn’t take much,
Tumble me over, tumble me, push.
In my red high-heels I’ve no control,
The rituals of repression are so old,
You can do what you like, there’ll be no reprisal,
I’m yours, yes I’m yours, it’s my means of survival.

I’ve got 54321,
Come on my love, I know you’re strong,
Push me hard, make me stagger,
The pain in my back just doesn’t matter.
You force-hold me above the ground,
I can’t get away, my feet are bound,
So I’m bound to say,
That I’m bound to stay.

Well today I look so good,
Just like I know I should,
My breasts to tempt inside my bra,
My face is painted like a movie star,
I’ve studied my flaws in your reflection
And put them to rights with savage correction,
I’ve turned my statuesque perfection
And shone it over in your direction.
So come on darling, make me yours,
Trip me over, show me the floor,
Tease me, tease me, make me stay,
In my red high-heels I can’t get away.
I’m trussed and bound like an oven ready bird
But I bleed without dying and won’t say a word.
Slice my flesh and I’ll ride the scar,
Put me into gear like your lady car,
Drive me fast and crash me crazy,
I’ll rise from the wreckage as fresh as a daisy.
These wounds leave furrows as they heal,
I’ve travelled them, they’re red and real,
I know them well, they’re part of me,
My birth, my sex, my history,
They grew with me, my closest friend,
My pain’s my own, my pain’s my end.
Clip my wings so you know where I am.
I can’t get lost while you’re my man.
Tame me so I know your call,
I’ve stabbed my heels so I am tall,
I’ve bound my twisted falling fall,
Beautiful mute against the wall,
Beautifully mutilated as I fall.
Use me don’t lose me.

I’ve got 54321,
I’ve got a red pair of high-heels on.
Strap my ankles, break my heels,
Make me kneel, make me feel.
Turn, turn, turn, like a clockwork doll,
Put in your key and give me a whirl.
Tease me, tease me, the reason to play,
In my red high-heels I can’t get away.
I’ll be your bonsai, your beautiful bonsai,
Your black-eye bonsai, erotically rotting.
Will my tiny feet fit your desire?
Warped and tied I walk on fire.
Burn me out, twist my wrists,
I promise not to shout, beat me with your fists.
Squeeze me, squeeze me, make me feel,
In my red high-heels I’m an easy kill.
Tease me, tease me, make me see,
You’re the only one, I need to be me.
Thankyou, will you take me?
Thankyou, will you make me?
Thankyou, will you break me?
Use me don’t lose me,
Taste me, don’t waste me.
Use, lose, taste, waste.

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