The Nails
88 Lines About 44 Women
1984
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Deborah was a Catholic girl she held out till the bitter end Carla was a different type she's the one who put it in Mary was a black girl I was afraid of a girl like that Susan painted pictures sitting down like a Buddha sat Reena was a nameless girl a geographic memory Cathy was a Jesus freak she liked that kind of misery Vicki had a special way of turning sex into a song Kamela, who couldn't sing, kept the beat and kept it strong Xylla was an archetype the voodoo queen, the queen of wrath Joan thought men were second best to masturbating in a bath Sherry was a feminist she really had that gift of gab Kathleen's point of view was this take whatever you can grab Seattle was another girl who left her mark upon the map Karen liked to tie me up and left me hanging by a strap Jeannie had a nightclub walk that made grown men feel underage Mary Ellen, who had a son, said I must go, but finally stayed Gloria, the last taboo was shattered by her tongue one night Mimi brought the taboo back and held it up before the light Marilyn, who knew no shame, was never ever satisfied Julie came and went so fast she didn't even say goodbye Rhonda had a house in Venice lived on brown rice and cocaine Patty had a house in Houston shot cough syrup in her veins Linda thought her life was empty filled it up with alcohol Katherine was much too pretty she didn't do that shit at all Pauline thought that love was simple turn it on and turn it off Jean-Marie was complicated like some French filmmaker's plot Gina was the perfect lady always had her stockings straight Jackie was a rich punk rocker silver spoon and a paper plate Sarah was a modern dancer lean pristine transparency Janet wrote bad poetry in a crazy kind of urgency Tanya Turkish liked to fuck while wearing leather biker boots Brenda's strange obsession was for certain vegetables and fruit Rowena was an artist's daughter the deeper image shook her up Dee Dee's mother left her father took his money and his truck Debbie Ray had no such problems perfect Norman Rockwell home Nina, 16, had a baby left her parents, lived alone Bobbi joined a New Wave band changed her name to Bobbi Sox Eloise, who played guitar, sang songs about whales and cops Terri didn't give a shit was just a nihilist Ronnie was much more my style cause she wrote songs just like this Jezebel went forty days drinking nothing but Perrier Dinah drove her Chevrolet into the San Francisco Bay Judy came from Ohio she's a Scientologist Amaranta, here's a kiss I chose you to end this list.