International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. This post is my small contribution. A poignant song, which has been a favourite for many years. Paul Siebel wrote the lyrics; Leo Kottke performs them with great feeling. Oddly enough I watched an old episode of “Ashes To Ashes” last night in which a sex worker decided it was not worth going through the ignominy of trying to prosecute her rapist since there was only a 5% likelihood of him being found guilty in court.


They said Louise was not half bad
It was written on the walls and window shade
And though she’d act the little girl
A deceiver, don’t believe her, that’s her trade
Sometimes a bottle of perfume
Flowers and maybe some lace
Men brought Louise ten cent trinkets
Their intentions were easy to trace
And everybody knew at times she’d cry
Ah but woman like Louise well they get by

And everybody thought it kind of sad
When they found Louise in her room
They’d all put her down below their kind
Still some cried when she died this afternoon
Louise rode home on the mail train
Somewhere to the south I heard them say
Too bad it ended so ugly
Too bad she had to go this way
And the wind is blowin’ cold tonight
So good night, Louise, good night

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on March 8, 2012, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. WOW, I hadn’t heard Leo Kottke’s name in decades!!


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