Music for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (U.S.)
Just click on the song title to listen, or to download:
1) Right-Click (if you're on a PC) or Control-Click (on a Mac) on the song title until a dialog box appears
2) Choose something like "Save Target As" or "Download Link to Disk" (varies by operating system)
3) Import it into your MP3 software the way you normally do! Feel free to use these songs in your classroom or programs.
The Cruel Youth - Traditional
Folk historian Alan Lomax estimated that over half of the ballads created by white singers in America were murder ballads. Like many modern books and movies, the victims are frequently young women, portrayed as defenseless, dim, and almost eager, victims. This ballad is unusual in that the woman single-handedly triumphs over her assailant, feels no remorse about having defended herself...and delivers a classic parting shot!
This version of the song is found in The Liberated Woman's Songbook. It is the Americanized version of a British song, "The Outlandish Knight" which is Child Ballad #4.
We Say No Gerri Gribi, © 1986 BMI All Rights Reserved. (Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here Cassette)
In 1985 a local woman was murdered by her consistently abusive husband, shortly before our annual "Take Back the Night" rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As neighbors reacted to the tragedy, and were quoted in various news sources, I was struck by how many dismissed the man's long history of violence with comments like "Well yeah, we knew he beat her up sometimes but we didn't think he'd kill her."
Violence against women is deeply rooted in our culture, and various forms appear across a continuum. We have to say NO to it in any form!
New! No More: Let's End the Shame and Stigma
Get more songs from The Gerri Gribi Songbook including I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier , Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be and The Hunting Song (Animals Love Vegetarians)
Go to a listing of over 300 songs and compilations related to sexual assault and domestic violence and other resources.