Take Back the Night (Joelyn Grippo and Susan Jane Fink)

“Take Back the Night” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Take Back the Night” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Joelyn Grippo.
Tune: Susan Jane Fink.


Take back, take it back, women take back the night.
Take back, take it back, women take back the night!

She wore tight clothes, your honor. How could she want respect?
She drew attention to herself. Now, what did she expect?
Now the woman is convicted, the rapist is set free,
While designers of her clothes rake in a higher fee,
While designers of her clothes rake in a higher fee.

Take back, take it back, women take back the night.
Take back, take it back, women take back the night!

She’s waiting for the bus to come on an empty street.
She knows that it’s a risk to take, working while others sleep.
But when a woman heads a fam’ly with children home to feed,
She can’t wait for laws from Congress to satisfy her needs.
She can’t wait for laws from Congress to satisfy her needs.

Take back, take it back, women take back the night.
Take back, take it back, women take back the night!

They tell her that she’s too old to be out all alone.
A woman in her helpless state should stay locked in her home.
So, she wraps her house around her, pretending she is safe.
Until women fight together, no doors will stop the rape.
Until women fight together, no doors will stop the rape.


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