Broken Umbrella EP

by Bicycle Face

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released October 8, 2014

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Bicycle Face Seattle, Washington

Back when bicycles were first invented, doctors told women that if they raced on their bicycles, their face would get stuck in a strained-looking, bulgy-eyed mess. Thankfully, we have disproved this theory, and our bicycle faces are all smiles!
Bicycle Face is a musical project by Lichen & Evan. We believe that it's important to teach history so that children know that they can change the future!
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Track Name: Pants!: The Mini-Musical
If you were a woman in 1892
There'd be a lotta things you couldn't do
You always had to work and clean
And you couldn't leave your husband if he was mean
And you couldn't really speak your point of view
You couldn't really work or play or even exercise
When you're living in a man's world and you're not one of the guys
But the weirdest thing girls couldn't do
From cascadia to France
Is they could never ever never ever never never wear pants!
They couldn't wear pants?!
They couldn't wear pants.
Well if they didn't wear pants, what did they wear?
What did they wear? What did they wear? Well first of all, they had to wear like 20 pounds of underwear.
First there was the corset, laced really really tight
If you couldn't really breathe
They'd say it fit just right
Then you'd have to wear ten petticoats
When it would rain they would get soaked
You would drink tea and play croquet
In booty boosting bustiers
It was awful hard to get around
With all these heavy clothes
It made it really easy to keep women in the home
Wow...that sounds awful.
Oh! Don't worry! The story gets a lot better.
Great! What happens next?
Someone invents the bicycle!

Women couldn't really ride with all those extra clothes
So the petticoats got lighter and the corset had to go
But oh what an embarrassment
When you were riding by
And your petticoat got caught and over handlebars you'd fly

In 1895 Ethel dermont thought of a solution
"I'll wear some bloomers!" she said with a determined absolution
They look a lot like pants,
They'd been around for 50 years
But people said that women wearin pants was really weird.

April 15th was the day she took her fateful ride
The people of Victoria were truly scandalized

Oh what a scandal
Oh what a sight
Parading in her underwear in broad daylight
Was that a touch of ankle
Was that a bit of skin
These infernal garments are such a horrible sin!

The police were aroused to action! Women's freedom they detested

"You wear that bloomer suit again, you'll surely be arrested!"

Have you nothing better to do than harass me while I'm out
I don't understand what all this kerfuffle is about!
Why is it that a strong women is what men fear?
We all deserve to share the right to wear pants upon on our rear
Ill turn my bike around, yes you cops have won today
But the wheels of change are coming and I'm here to lead the way
We can be good wives and mothers if we choose that life to spend
But a woman should not be defined by her relationship to men
(Harrumph!)

The news spread far and wide
of Ethel's groundbreaking bike ride
And the people agreed
That those rules were just silly
So now we can wear pants
Without thinking twice
So don't forget this story the next time you ride your bike!
Track Name: Hope the Gender Variant Chicken
Well if you visit Santa Cruz you'll find Autumn working hard
Taking care of chickens in her own backyard
There's....

But the most special one of all I have yet to mention
Their name is Hope, a gender variant chicken
Hope took the parts of gender that they liked best
And added some of this and that and took out all the rest

They've got a comb like a rooster
And some masculine spurs
But they lay eggs like a chicken
And nest like a girl
Some people think that gender's only blue or pink
But even barnyard creatures think that idea really stinks

You can wear a dress and play machines all day
Or wear Carhartts and boots
While ya do ballet
And if people don't like the clothes that you're pickin
Just tell em bout Hope, the gender variant chicken!

They've got a comb like a rooster
And some masculine spurs
But they lay eggs like a chicken
And nest like a girl
Hope took the parts of gender
That they liked best
And added some of this and that and took out all the rest
HEY!!
Track Name: Families
Families come
In all shapes and sizes
If we're going to get along what we need to realize is
There are lots of different ways
For us to care for one another
All that really matters is that we love each other

When my mom had me
I didn't have a dad
But she had a couple friends that she thought were pretty rad
Now we all live together in a big purple house
And they're all my moms although nobody has a spouse (chorus)

Although my dads are great and can't be beat
When my momma comes to see us it's a real special treat
She wanted to find people who could take good care of me
And now I am a part of a bigger family (chorus)

Well golly gee, I sure do feel lucky
That both my moms got to help out
When they made made
I've been so proud since I was a baby
That one of my moms is a transgender lady (chorus)

Well I really really love my mom and dad you see
But there's so many kids and grown-ups here that care about me
We can wander round our land without getting in to trouble
Cause if there's any danger they'll be there on the double (chorus)

Well there's just one of me
And just one of him
But I couldn't have picked a better dad or friend
It doesn't matter if your family is big or small
My daddy's been my biggest fan since I could crawl (chorus)

Well I'm not quite sure who fell in love with who first
But we ended up with four parents
And all of them nursed
So we grew up healthy and we grew up strong
And with a little bit of patience, we all get along (chours)
Track Name: Home
Well you’ll find home on the forest floor
and you’ll find home in the branches
And you’ll find home in a big canoe
and fall asleep on your haunches
Well you could make your home in a chrysalis
and wake up a butterfly
Or you could live in the desert sands
under the starry midnight sky

Home is where you run and play
Home is where you spend your day
Home is where you rest your head
Home is where you make your bed
Home is how your body feels
Home is where you eat your meals
All throughout Cascadia
Home’s a place you love

Well you could go to bed with the setting sun,
Be at home when it rises
You’d find dew on the leaves of the plants
and all sorts of other surprises
Well you can grow your garden big
and you can grow your garden tall
Cause if you grow your garden right,
you’ll have plants from the spring in to the fall

Home is where you run and play
Home is where you spend your day
Home is where you rest your head
Home is where you make your bed
Home is how your body feels
Home is where you eat your meals
All throughout Cascadia
Home’s a place you love

Well you can live in a big ol house
With all sorts of people around you
Or you could live in a place so rural
That nobody ever could find you
Well you could build your house of straw
And you could build your house of clay
Cause if you build your house real strong
No big bad wolf can blow it away

Home is where you run and play
Home is where you spend your day
Home is where you rest your head
Home is where you make your bed
Home is how your body feels
Home is where you eat your meals
All throughout Cascadia
Home’s a place you love

Well there’s the home that lies before you
And the home you left behind you
And the home that’s all around you
And the home that lives inside you
This place is a home for you
But it’s home for other plants and animals too
If you learn to respect your home
You know you’ll never wander alone

Home is where you run and play
Home is where you spend your day
Home is where you rest your head
Home is where you make your bed
Home is how your body feels
Home is where you eat your meals
All throughout Cascadia
Home is just a place you love
Track Name: Charlotte's Umbrella
Her name was Charlotte Smith
And she really had a giff
With men who would walk around
Just acting like they owned the town
And if they would see a girl
They would be mean to her
Sayin women shouldn't leave their homes
Without a chaperone

And she said...
Didn't your mama teach you better
Than to put women in danger?
I don't know who told you
That that was an OK thing to do
Women face enough discrimination
And they don't need your condemnation
And just to make her point clear
She would whack em with her umbrella ella ella eh eh eh
Watch out for her Umbrella ella ella eh eh eh
She destroyed 5,000 umbrellas ellas ellas eh eh eh
Watch out for her umbrella ella ella eh eh eh

Charlotte stood in solidarity
With women working in factories
Who had to work 15 hour days
And got very little pay
She couldn't work for the government
But she still made a fit
And helped pass over 50 laws
To make working conditions better for all

And she said...
Women are in this together
We been fighting this fight forever
And this storm we all can weather

Now it's raining harder than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
If we stand under the same umbrella
If we stand under the same umbrella ella ella eh eh eh
Together under one umbrella ella ella eh eh eh
United under one umbrella ella ella eh eh eh
Together under one umbrella ella ella eh eh eh