Raging Grannies of R.I. and Westerly sing to oppose the “WAR ON WOMEN”        April 28, 2012 

                                                                                        We invite you all to SING ALONG—LOUDLY!!! 

        The Raging Grannies are part of an international group that promotes peace, justice, social and economic equality through song and humor.

1.  Say “NO!” to War on Women
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

No! No! No! you don’t

Tell me what to do.

My body, my body, my body is mine;

It won’t be ruled by you.


No! No! No! you won’t

Silence women’s voice.

Whether to have a baby or not

Remains a private choice.


Roe, Roe, Roe beat Wade

It’s a settled case.

Leave it; oh, leave it; oh, leave it alone

And honor women’s space.


by Marlies Parent, Westerly Raging Granny

2.  Women’s National Anthem
(Tune: Star Spangled Banner)

O-oh, say there’s no way,

Women get equal pay!

When we do get the job,

Single moms aren’t pro-moted.

Birth control is now safe,

Under Roe versus Wade.

Will the rights we have gained

Be so quickly out-voted?

We’re not going back there

To the times of despair!

Revolution will start,

If our law has no heart!

No hangers, no back alleys!

No hungry children starving!

No pol-i-cies of men

Will make us slaves again!


3.  Old Gray Granny (Tune: The Old Gray Mare)                

Old gray Granny ain’t what she used to be

Had a hysterectomy

Needs a colonoscopy.

She can’t afford to pay for her care, so

Guess we have to shoot her now!

(Chorus)Where is she supposed to go?

When she doesn’t have the dough?

Dare not get sick without health insurance, so

Guess we have to shoot her now!


Old gray Granny splits all her pills in half.

Drug companies just laugh;

Profits are off the chart.

She can’t afford to pay for her care, so

Guess we have to shoot her now!

(Chorus) What is she supposed to do?

Money for the rent is due?

Can’t buy pills and groceries, too, so

Guess we have to shoot her now!

Old gray Granny now needs a test or two,

Boob has a lump, it’s true,

What’s she supposed to do?

Granny’s smart – she knows how to organize…

Watch out she’s coming through!




4.  We Rage to End the War on Women

(Tune:  Battle Hymn of the Republic)  


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the flame of women’s rage

Kept smoldering for centuries, now burning in this age.

No longer are we prisoners in some old gilded cage

That’s why we’re raging on.


(Chorus) Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 At last our time has come! 


They’ve told us to speak softly, to be gentle and to smile;

Expected us to change ourselves with every passing style.

The only work for women was to clean and sweep and file;

That’s why we’re raging on.


(Chorus) Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 At last our time has come!


We’ve broken through our shackles; still we sing a battle song.

We march for liberation and we’re many millions strong.

The world needs women’s voices which were silent for too long;

That’s why we’re raging on!


(Chorus) Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 At last our time has come! 









Let’s reach out to all women everywhere across the seas,

Whose lives are still in bondage to a host of miseries.

Till women’s rights and dignity extend to everyone,

We will keep raging on!

(Chorus) Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 Stand up sisters, join the chorus

                 At last our time has come!



5.  REPEAT Song #1  Say “NO!” to War on Women
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

No! No! No! you don’t

Tell me what to do.

My body, my body, my body is mine;

It won’t be ruled by you.


No! No! No! you won’t

Silence women’s voice.

Whether to have a baby or not

Remains a private choice.


Roe, Roe, Roe beat Wade

It’s a settled case.

Leave it; oh, leave it; oh, leave it alone

And honor women’s space.