Musings —05.09.2012 08:28 AM—
Still thinking about the big news.
My kids, too. All four of them are huge, huge Against Me! fans. My daughter is still processing it, she says. Son One was with a friend, and tried to dismiss it with humour. (I’ll talk to him when he’s alone.) Son Two was mad, really mad, but then he got in the car and wanted to hear certain AM songs, over and over.
Andrew H., a conservative punk friend (they exist) sent me a tweet this morning, saying to look at verse two of The Ocean, from the last Against Me! album. When I looked at the words (for the first time, having not been overly-ethusiastic about the last two albums), I said to my daughter: “Well, it’s pretty hard for the band or fans to say they’re shocked, now. He’s been telling us all along.”
And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman
My mother once told me she would have named me Laura
I’d grow up to be strong and beautiful like her
One day, I’d find an honest man to make my husband
We would have two children, build our home on the Gulf of Mexico
Our family would spend hot summer days at the beach together
The sun would kiss our skin as we played in the sand and water
And we would know we loved each other without having to say it