This song was born out of a free-write. It in end took the shape of a piece on the politics of youth, school gossip, and gives an almost retrospective look at the bullies we either were, knew, enabled or spoke against. This piece attempts take its first steps in mobilizing a grassroots movement through music against bullying, more specifically and especially in grade and high schools.
In Memory of Rebecca
In the schoolyard, Nigel opens wide. Sara, too.
In her spare time, Julie lies.
The cool kids smoke Marlboros under the bleachers.
The preacher's daughter parties wild.
Melvin sneaks his father's gin. He smells of booze.
Guinevere cheats on tests.
The teachers praise her for staying on honor roll.
Guess she's not really the best.
A little birdy told me all the gossip, girl.
I know all of your secrets. I know all of your secrets.
Bow to me, I am the Gossip Queen.
I know all of your secrets. I'm your queen.
Our prom queen loves to take it hard. The prom king too.
In her daydreams, Eleanor cuts.
Kate lost her virginity in her dad's pickup truck.
Christopher purges after lunch.
In his office, Mr. Love touches Sean after school.
We'd always see him cry.
And one day he went away forever -- just to return in a box.
(Repeat chorus 1X)
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