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Unwed Fathers

  • (John Prine / Bobby Braddock)

    From a teenage lover to an unwed mother
    Kept under cover like some bad dream
    While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
    They run like water through a mountain stream

    In an Appalachian Greyhound station
    She sits waiting, in the family way
    Goodbye brother, tell mum I love her
    Tell all the others I'll write some day

    In a cold and grey town, a nurse says, Lay down
    This ain't no playground, and this ain't home
    Someone's children are having children
    In a greystone building, all alone

    Somewhere else bound, Smoky Mountain Greyhound
    She bows her head down, singing lullabies
    Your daddy never meant to hurt you, ever
    He just don't love you - but you got his eyes

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  •  [1993:] I wrote this with Bobby Braddock [...]. We decided that we were going to write at his house the day after the Super Bowl. I wrote down 15 titles, including one called 'Children Having Children' and 'Unwed Fathers'. I was reading the list off to him, and all the lights went on with those two. We kind of combined them and went right into it. (Notes 'Great Days - The John Prine Anthology')

  •  [1995:] [A song that] I feel was one of the great songs of the 1980s. (Maurice Hope, Rock 'n' Reel 23, p 23)

  •  [1998:] Weltweit werden jedes Jahr mehr als 14 Millionen Teenager Mutter, bis zu 60 Prozent von ihnen ungeplant. Diese Zahl nannte die "Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung" gestern in Bonn bei der Veröffentlichung der deutschen Ausgabe einer Studie des amerikanischen Alan Guttmacher Instituts [...]. Nach der Studie, die in 53 Ländern mit 75 Prozent der Weltbevölkerung durchgeführt wurde, reicht der Anteil der Frauen, die bis zum 18. Lebensjahr ihr erstes Kind bekommen, von einem Prozent in Japan bis 53 Prozent in Niger. Die Abtreibungsrate bei jungen Schwangeren im Alter von 15 bis 19 Jahren reicht von drei pro 1000 in Deutschland bis 32 in Brasilien und 36 pro 1000 in USA. (Kieler Nachrichten, 16. Mai)

Quelle: USA

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