Made My Baby Gag

My girl likes the cinema

French new wave and German noir

She likes learning Latin and Greek

Languages I'll never speak

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

And I felt like a man

She likes galleries

Of modern painters

But not that stuff by Damien Hurst

I think art's the worst

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

And I felt like a man

She can talk about about Steven Hawking

Folding space and the nature of time

I like TV reality crime

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

And I felt like a man

Sometimes she makes me feel stupid

Talking about the things she likes

I can talk about motorbikes

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

And I felt like a man

She wants to be a teacher

Says she'll open up young minds

I think they should stay shut like mine

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

I made my baby gag

And I felt like a man

This is a polemical song about the stupidities of the patriarchy, and the way in which many women continue to be ignored or dismissed by the men in their lives. Part of the tragedy is that men are also victims of the stultifying patriarchy that so many of us seem keen to perpetrate. It’s another example of David Reid’s ability to combine up-beat, poppy, lovely sounds with lyrics that are brittle and jagged.

Ron