PASS THE LAWS
Words and Music By Joanna Cazden
© 1977 (Used with permission)

Vocals: Sam Anderson, Sally Campbell, Michael Imperiale, Marcia Bernstein, Mary Ann Marra, Mel Tanzman
12-string guitar: Eric Levine
Kazoo: Maura Gregory

Here is a song about a minority group that comes from the other side of a politicized polarity.

Come gather round good people, you must hear me well
There's a danger in our country as you will hear me tell
It begins with banging elbows as peacefully we dine
It will end with the destruction of all that's good and fine so

CHORUS:
Pass the laws, pass the laws
Make it clear in every clause
Lefthanders are humanoid,
We've got to keep them unemployed
Southpaw liberation is the ruin of our nation
Make it formal, make 'em normal, pass the laws

We can't have them in the army or teaching in our schools
Their minds are backward, sinister, they'll undermine the rules
And they're stubborn as the devil though we lecture every night
That the Bible cautions us to follow all that's good and right so

CHORUS:
Pass the laws, pass the laws
Make it clear in every clause
Lefthanders are humanoid,
We've got to keep them unemployed
Southpaw liberation is the ruin of our nation
Make it formal, make 'em normal, pass the laws

We have tortured them and twisted them and taunted them with rocks
Tried Thorazine and Freud, behavior mod, electric shocks
We've robbed them, robbed them of their children
And still they won't repent

We can no longer hire to babysit the young girl living next to us
For I heard her tell the children that she is ambidextrous
Worst of all she had the nerve to say that anyone can learn
The fulfilling, conscious joys
Of using either hand by turn so

CHORUS:
Pass the laws, pass the laws
Make it clear in every clause
Lefthanders are humanoid,
We've got to keep them unemployed
Southpaw liberation is the ruin of our nation
Make it formal, make 'em normal, pass the laws

There's left and right, white and black,
Short ones below, tall ones above
Many ways we choose to live, ways we look and ways we love
And though differences are scary I declare the bigger fright
Is in bigotry legitimized, the danger's on the Right so

CHORUS:
Pass the laws, pass the laws
Make it clear in every clause
People have a right to be
There's room for you, there's room for me
Human liberation is our only salvation
Make it formal, not abnormal. Pass the laws!