Daily Dose: Brigid Mae Power, "Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)"

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Daily Dose: Brigid Mae Power, "Don't Shut Me Up (Politely)"

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The first song released from Brigid Mae Power’s forthcoming album The Two Worlds (out on Feb. 9 via Tompkins Square Records) is the perfect anthem for our times. The ashen folk ramble that is “Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)” is a reflection of the voices of far too many women who have had to deal with the quiet ways in which their voices are silenced by powerful men. As Power says in the notes for the album release, she had returned to her home of Galway, Ireland, recently and “was feeling and noticing again the repressive and oppressive environment” there.

The lyrics for the song are direct, even if they aren’t directed at any one person. It’s the sad tenor of the times when she sings, “You would try to convince me that I was somebody, somebody that I’m definitely not,” speaking to any woman who has been called hysterical or dismissed for voicing real concerns about her place in the world.

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