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What's Happiness?

from iGIRL - Act One by Roger Doyle

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Music and studio production ℗ and © Roger Doyle PRS 2020. Lyrics © Marina Carr.
Sung by Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy.


What’s happiness?
They haven’t cut my tongue out yet
Or beheaded me
I wont be flogged this morning
This is not a song about breasts
Or misogyny
Not that they are not worthy themes
We just don’t understand them yet
Breasts are like string theory
Connected to everything
So obvious we have to deny them
Misogny too
Poor men
Ah the poor men
God love them
A little ode to men
That fabulous vanished creature
Who used to turn up
With the haunch of the deer
Fling it at our feet
So they could touch the unmentionables
The breasts
All that meat
Roasting over the fire

In the cave
The shadows flickering on the wall
The sabre teeth glistening
At the mouth of the cave
The sabre teeth
The yellow eyes
Globs of recent carcass
The brown blood of the moulting coffin
Human soup.
All the bones thrown in
For delectation
All you wanderers of the Earth Above and below
Who did you love
Was it torture
Misogny of the breasts
All the poor women
Sucked on
All those balls to play with
But the face
What of our faces?
The wrong species
If you look at the deer
The doe
On the mountain
At dawn
Weeping behind the leaves
You know
The wrong species
Came to the fore
It means
Last of the homini tribe
Fond of fire and tools
Great fingers
On land and water
Cute sounds they
Call language
Brag about their bigger brains
Their generosity
Hunter gatherers
What we didn’t brag about
We destroyed the Neanderthals
The gentle mute Neanderthals
Much is made of our social skills
Last surviving species of
Genus homo
Like the rat
We cling on
With ferocity
And cunning
It’s a bloodbath
The fossils tell
The sabre teeth
The vampire incisors
God bless the Vampire
Without them
Deer would run the world
Sapiens – that means wise
Ask the deer
The Dodo
The Neanderthal
How wise we are
Go ask the dinosaur
Our sister Chimps
The Whale
Back to the deeps
With the deer
And the gentle

The Unicorns
The sea horses
Who would want
The land
The fighting
The torture
The halting
They call a song
Let us stay in
Our element
And sing on


from iGIRL - Act One, released June 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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