Variation on Joni Mitchell’s Magdalen(e) laundries – Christy Moore. Paintings – Rachael Romero

H/t: Disinfectant bath [3] – by Rachael Romero

I was an unmarried girl  I’d just turned twenty-seven  When they sent me to the sisters
For the way men looked at me Branded as a jezebel  I knew I was not bound for Heaven
I’d be cast in shame Into the Magdalene laundries

H/t: Mangle: Convent of the Good Shepherd – by Rachael Romero

Most girls come here pregnant  Some by their own fathers  Bridget got that belly
By her parish priest  We’re trying to get things white as snow  All of us woe-begotten-daughters  In the steaming stains Of the Magdalene laundries

H/t: The Fall [2]: Convent of the good Shepherd – by Rachael Romero

Prostitutes and destitutes  And temptresses like me–Fallen women–  Sentenced into dreamless drudgery …Why do they call this heartless place Our Lady of Charity?
Oh charity!

H/t: Washing and ironing PINES laundry – by Rachael Romero

These bloodless brides of Jesus  If they had just once glimpsed their groom
Then they’d know, and they’d drop those stones  Concealed behind their rosaries
They wilt the grass they walk upon  They leech the light out of a room
They’d like to drive us down the drain  At the Magdalene laundries

H/t: First night: The Pines – by Rachael Romero

Peg O’Connell died today  She was a cheeky girl  A flirt  They just stuffed her in a hole!
Surely to God you’d think at least some bells should ring!  One day I’m going to die here too  And they’ll plant me in the dirt  Like some lame bulb  That never blooms come any spring  Not any spring  No, not any spring  Not any spring

H/t:   Irish Celtic Music – Christy Moore – The Magdalene Laundry. Words slightly adapted by singer. Great interpretation, Christy on JM’s classic. Guitar playing also is excellent!

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