Old Tart’s Song

Old Tart’s Song by Vi Subversa

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If I had my time again
I’d like to come back as a man
If I had my time again
A cock and not a hen
I don’t want to be like my mother
Hang behind, fall behind
Wait on all the others
If I had my time again.

If I had another life
I’d get myself a wife
If I had another life
To care for me by day and night
I don’t want to be like my mother
Hang behind, fall behind
Wait on all the others
If I had another life.

I used to be a tart
Sold myself as art
Now I feel just like my mother
Her price is low… she doesn’t bother
Everybody has their price… up yours.

Vi Subversa was in her early forties with two children when she formed the anarcho-punk band Poison Girls. Old Tart’s Song is the first track on their first record Hex (from 1979). Here, she is performing it in November 2015, at eighty, and shortly before her death in February this year.

There is a huge archive of information about Poison Girls at: www.poisongirls.co.uk

[installed by Michael Vaughan]