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Domestic Violence Groups Protest Clapton Lyrics

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is holding a demonstration to protest Eric Clapton and Reprise Records at Washington, D.C’s MCI Center today. NNEDV executive director Donna F. Edwards said, “In his new release, ‘Sick and Tired’ on the Reprise Record label, Eric Clapton advocates violence against women just to sell a song. It’s not the ‘blues tradition,’ it’s the misogynist tradition that continues with these lyrics. Clapton has a first amendment right to sing whatever he wants, and we have a right to say it’s wrong — and his lyrics stink.”

Lyrics for the song “Sick at Tired,” include “I’m gonna get me a shotgun, baby, Keep it stashed behind the bedroom door. I may have to blow your brains out, baby. Then you won’t bother me no more,” and can be found at http://www.ils.nwu.edu/~davies/ecla/song-lyrics/sick-and-tired.

The demonstration will be held at Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center, 7th and F Streets, NW, from 5:30-7:30.

Domestic Violence Information Center

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National Network to End Domestic Violence - April 16, 1998