This story was originally published on March 23, 2013.
One of the funniest (read: most irritating and laughably asinine) consequences of reproductive-rights discussions is that the word â€œchoiceâ€� has many, many, many more meanings than what a woman does with her own body, but the same word is used to apply to all of them. For those of you that donâ€™t remember Samantha Bee’s perfect illustration on the Daily Show of how incredibly loaded the word choice has become, watch here. To sum up Samâ€™s point, we all make choices. And we should! Thatâ€™s how life gets lived! So letâ€™s reclaim…decisions. No, wait, thatâ€™s not quite right. Itâ€™s like an alternative… Whatâ€™s the word I’m looking for?
Here is a BitchTapes dedicated to all sorts of choices, from your pro-choice friends at Bitch Media.
1. Aretha Franklin â€” â€œThink.â€� Choice lyric: â€œYou better think about what youâ€™re trying to do to me…â€�
Hey, you. Yeah, you. Hypothetical person thinking about breaking Aretha’s heart. GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF. SHE WILL CLEARLY WIN.
2. Fleetwood Mac: â€œGo Your Own Way.â€� Choice lyric: â€œYou can go your own way…â€�
Fleetwood Mac: Clearly ALSO PRO-CHOICE! I had always hoped, in my heart of hearts.
3. The Clash: â€œShould I Stay or Should I Go?â€� Choice lyric: â€œDarling youâ€™ve got to let me know, should I stay or should I go?â€�
By far the most popular choice when I asked friends what should be on this mix. Call it an anthem for indecisive types!
4. Dixie Chicks: â€œNot Ready to Make Nice.â€� Choice lyric: â€œStill mad as hell, can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should.â€�
See what happens when you tell women they canâ€™t choose, death-threat-writing Republicans? THEY GET PISSED OFF AND WRITE CHEESY EXCELLENT COUNTRY SONGS ABOUT IT! Among other things.
5. R.E.M.: â€œStand.â€� Choice lyric: â€œThink about direction, wonder why you havenâ€™t before…â€�
Or, as I like to call it, â€œThat time R.E.M. tried to start a new dance craze.â€�
6. George Harrison – â€œAny Road.â€� Choice lyric: â€œIf you don’t know where youâ€™re going, any roadâ€™ll take you there.â€�
This song is NOT pro-choice. George wants us to make no choices and follow creepy â€œgo anywhereâ€� roads. Love you, George, youâ€™re still my favorite. But Iâ€™ll take another ride, thanks.
7. Ella Fitzgerald – â€œBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.â€� Choice lyric: â€œYouâ€™ve got me between the devil and the deep blue sea.â€�
Even Ellaâ€™s vocal delivery is all over the place, in the soaring, exhilarating, best way possible. If this is what confusion sounds like, Iâ€™m never saying Iâ€™m pro-choice again.
8. Tracy Chapman – â€œFast Car.â€� Choice lyric: â€œWeâ€™ve gotta make a decision, leave tonight or live and die this way.â€�
The first song that ever broke my heart. Choice, particularly NOT HAVING CHOICE, is heartbreaking. And this is what that sounds like, if that feeling had a guitar and could write songs.
9. Sheryl Crow – â€œIf It Makes You Happy.â€� Choice lyric: â€œIf it makes you happy, it canâ€™t be that bad…â€�
RIGHT?! Where is Sheryl Crow this election cycle??
10. Nick Drake – â€œWhich Will.â€� Choice lyric: â€œWhich will you choose from, from the stars above?â€�
First official appearance of the word â€œchoose!â€� Also, way too sad a song for exclamation points. Sorry, Nick.
11. Spin Doctors – â€œTwo Princes.â€� Choice lyric: All of them. All of the ones.
I mean, I MYSELF am yet to come across two suitors who have, alternately, rockets or diamonds to offer me, but this song has had me believing that particular dilemma exists since 1992.
12. BjÃ¶rk – â€œItâ€™s Not Up to You.â€� Choice lyric: â€œI can decide what I give…â€�
I might be wrong here, but I’m PRETTY SURE this song is a metaphor. If it’s not, oh well. Thereâ€™s a choir at the end!
13. Impressions – â€œChoice of Colors.â€� Choice lyric: â€œIf you had a choice of colors, which one would you choose, my brothers?â€�
â€œWith just a little more education, and love for our nation, weâ€™d make a better society.â€� WOULD THAT IT WERE SO, IMPRESSIONS. But choices, yâ€™all. THEYâ€™RE RADICAL! And groovy to boot. This song is the anthem to a revolution Iâ€™d like to take part in.
These are choosy times we live in, friends. As these and many, many other great songs clearly show us, choice is the spice of life. Plus, the more anyone tells us what to do, the more weâ€™ll yell at them and make them look ridiculous on TV. Weâ€™re pretty good at it.