Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

The Rape Song

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1975 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2003. A twenty year old Black North Carolinian named JoAnne Little went on trial in July 1975 for killing a guard who raped her while she was in jail. After a month of deliberation she was acquitted, the decision setting a right-of-self-defense precedent for rape victims.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- [none]

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- [none]

*                 *                 *                 *                *
This page copyright 2006 by Charles H. Smith and Nancy Schimmel. All rights reserved.

Return to Song Menu
Return to Home