Bet Lynch

Marks On Her Arms

He’s tall and handsome and witty
She’s a picture of grace and charm
A meal with the boss of the section
Her sleeves hide the marks on her arms
They’re known as a promising couple
he calls her his better half
And how did you cut your head open?
“I slipped getting out of the bath.”
He thinks teen muggers should get a stiff sentence
Violence to olds is a national disgrace
What we need is a return to those family values
Like “Remember son, never mark her face.”
Women are fragile creatures
They need a strong man to protect them from harm
Trapped in her home by a protection racket
She wears those long sleeves for the marks on her arms
Pressmen make a lot of noise
About the aggro girls and bovver boys
About how they fight and riot
But on the home front it’s all quiet
A conspiracy of silence
Surrounds domestic violence
Another incident wheeled into casualty
“My tea wasn’t cooked so I broke both her arms.”
Women are fragile – they’re delicate creatures
They need a strong man to protect them from harm
The doctor says “It’s perfectly natural.”
The policeman says he can’t intervene
The judge says he’s sure there’s some provocation
The neighbours complain they can’t sleep for the screams
They want a return to those family values
Get crime off the streets and back into the home
Beating your wife is a British tradition
A man should have freedom with the things he owns
As long as you keep them in breeding condition
A slap now and then let’s them know who’s boss
Knock on the head any Women’s Lib nonsense
Once that takes hold your property’s lost
Nuclear families cause long term damage
As she hits the kids and the kids hit the dog
Little boys grow up to be just like daddy
Who looks like a prince but kicks like a frog

Bet Lynch
1984

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