I Jocasta

from iGIRL - Act Two by Roger Doyle

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Music and studio production ℗ and © Roger Doyle PRS/MCPS 2019-2020.
Lyrics © Marina Carr.
Sung by Michelle O'Rourke.

lyrics

I Jocasta
Do you do life
Do you do loving
Have you heard
Of laughter
Even
First thing I said
To him
Bedraggled
boy
Of nineteen
Limping towards
Me
Should have known
By the heels
All said
Best I ever had
In bed
Though Laius
Not someone
You’d be comparing
Anyone to
And before him
My confused girlhood
Big hefty men
From the swamps
Who knew what
They wanted

But him
My Husband
My son
Oedipus
How can I say
This plain
Did I know it was him
I did
And then I didn’t
And then I did
Again
I Jocasta
Mother of my
Husband
Wife of my
Son
Grandmother to
My daughters
And sons
Antigone
Ismene
Polynices
Eteocles
Sons of
My son
All so
Twisted
Convoluted
Slime of
Our blood
Meshed
Then meshed
Again
The swirl
Of shame
Sent me
Spinning on
A rope
I heard my
Neck break
My heart
Long before
Laius took
My baby son
Flung him
Naked
On the mountain
Like a blind kitten
Because some dark
God of his
Had prophesized
Your son will
Kill you at
The crossroads
And rape
Your wife

Not that
Laius
Minded the Rape bit
Rape
His thing
Children
Boy children
Preferably
He
Stole
My infant
Son
From the cradle
Hammered his
Heels
Together
While I slept
When I woke
He informed
Me the
Child was gone
Dead
And when I
Protested
Flung me
Against the wall
Cracked
My head
My cheeks
My nose
Till I
Was a mess
Of pulp
And blood

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from iGIRL - Act Two, releases March 26, 2021

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Roger Doyle – composer, keyboardist and producer of own music, in concert and in the studio. Likes to work on large projects and to collaborate with others. Works with a multiplicity of musical languages and evolving technologies.

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