The Magdalene Laundries

Joni Mitchell Buy

FAVORITE (2 fans)

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965 she moved to the United States and, touring constantly, began to be recognized when her original songs ("Urge for Going," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides, Now," "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell and her popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock" helped define an era and a generation. Her more starkly personal 1971 recording Blue has been called one o… more »


Year:
1996
89 Views

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com

I was an unmarried girl
I'd just turned twenty-seven
When they sent me to the sisters
For the way men looked at me
Branded as a Jezebel
I knew I was not bound for Heaven
I'd be cast in shame
Into the Magdalene laundries

Most girls come here pregnant
Some by their own fathers
Bridget got that belly by her parish priest
We're trying to get things white as snow
All of us woe-begotten-daughters
In the streaming stains
Of the Magdalene laundries

Prostitutes and destitutes
And temptresses like me
Fallen women
Sentenced into dreamless drudgery
Why do they call this heartless place
Our Lady of Charity?
Oh, charity

These bloodless brides of Jesus
If they had just once glimpsed their groom
Then they'd know, and they'd drop the stones
Concealed behind their rosaries
They wilt the grass they walk upon
They leech the light out of a room
They'd like to drive us down the drain
At the Magdalene laundries

Peg O'Connell died today
She was a cheeky girl
A flirt
They just stuffed her in a hole!
Surely to God you'd think at least some bells should ring!
One day I'm going to die here too
And they'll plant me in the dirt
Like some lame bulb
That never blooms, come any spring
Not any spring

No, not any spring
Not any spring

 Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons!

Written by: Joni Mitchell

Lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Discuss the The Magdalene Laundries Lyrics with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Magdalene Laundries Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 28 Jul 2021. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/3008710/Joni+Mitchell>.

    Missing lyrics by Joni Mitchell?

    Know any other songs by Joni Mitchell? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    The Magdalene Laundries

    595.8K
    5,954     202

    Browse Lyrics.com

    Our awesome collection of

    Promoted Songs

    »

    Quiz

    Are you a music master?

    »
    “I could be president of ____________ , baby, huh — Or just a tiny little grain of sand.”
    • A. General Motors
    • B. Ford Motor
    • C. Daimler Chrysler
    • D. Harley-Davidson

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Don't miss Joni Mitchell's

    Upcoming Events

    »
    Joni Mitchell tracks

    On Radio Right Now

    Loading...

    Powered by OnRad.io


    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!