Album: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
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  • She was a girl from Birmingham
    She just had an abortion
    She was a case of insanity
    Her name was Pauline she lived in a tree

    She was a no-one who killed her baby
    She sent her letters from the country
    She was an animal
    She was a bloody disgrace

    Body I'm not an animal
    Body I'm not an animal

    Dragged on a table in a factory
    Illegitimate place to be
    In a packet in a lavatory
    Die little baby screaming

    Body screaming fucking bloody mess
    Not an animal it's an abortion

    Body I'm not an animal
    Mummy I'm an abortion

    Throbbing squirm, gurgling bloody mess
    I'm not a discharge
    I'm not a loss in protein
    I'm not a throbbing squirm

    Ah! Fuck this and fuck that
    Fuck it all tha fuck out of the fucking brat
    She don't wanna a baby that looks like that
    I don't wanna a baby that looks like that.

    Body I'm not an animal
    Body, an abortion

    Body I'm not an animal
    Body I'm not an animal
    An animal
    I'm not an animal
    I'm not an animal, an animal, an-an-an animal
    I'm not a body
    I'm not an animal, an animal, an-an-an animal
    I'm not an animal
    Mummy! Ugh! Writer/s: John Simon Beverly, Johnny Rotten, Paul Thomas Cook, Stephen Philip Jones
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 17

  • Jb from London, UkFor me this song isn't about abortion primarily. It's about a poor girl and the way she was treated.... by the hospital, by society. The first verse tells us about her. The second verse is society's uncaring view of her (and those like her) and the rest of the song is her fighting back "I'm not an animal!"
  • Laylah Is So Punk Rock from Washington DcThe song Bodies is about Laylah and her missing chromosomes.
  • David Harvey from AustraliaSid Vicious played bass on "Bodies", but it's not certain how audible his bass playing is in the final mix, and Steve Jones did say, "He (Sid) played his farty old bass part and we just let him do it. When he left, I dubbed another part on, leaving Sid's down low. I think it might be barely audible on the track."
  • Joes54 from UsaWhatever John Lydon said decades later, wanting to be acceptable to his betters, it is not only not vague what the 21-year-old Johnny Rotten thought and felt about this subject, it is relentlessly, brutally, unmistakably clear. He is taking the subject and shoving it in everyone's face, forcing them to look at it. Blasting through the hypocrisy. There is no other song like this. What is punk rock? It's the Sex Pistols. And this is their ultimate song.
  • Laylah from Milwaukee, WiChristian, you seem to be one of the only people that made a short but decent comment. Maybe back in the day he felt allot differently because his input on this song also had to do with his
    own Mother having a miscarriage & him (John Lydon) having to go throw what could have been his brother or sister in a plastic bag into the outdoor toilet.
  • Laylah from Milwaukee, WiSheeberson, WOW! Are you a brain surgeon? You're writing sure sounds like you are! Such a fun song indeed, yee haw...giddee up my friend. Let's go crank the tune "She thinks my tractor's sexy" & cut up a rug!!!
  • Laylah from Milwaukee, WiSacco Thayer , where do get you're BS nonsense from? No it's not...
  • Laylah from Milwaukee, WiMargie, John Lydon (& the rest of The Sex Pistols except the "useless one" Sid Vicious aka: John Simon Ritchie) all wrote this song together for one. It is true what the song states: "Her name was Pauline & she lived in a tree (house according to Lydon & hard to believe outside a mental institution but on the grounds) but it's just a song. She obviously was mentally ill & did allot of stupid stuff (don't we all sometimes or are you above that)? None of The Sex Pistols ever said she stalked them but yes she was promiscuous & a "groupie". Hmm, neither them or any other bands had a problem with "doing" her nor cared if she got pregnant. Lydon has said many times he is pro-choice. If you aren't like you said it's your opinion.
  • Margie from St. Louis, MoHey Lacy, did you read the songfact? It says that this song was about a schizophrenic person who stalked The Sex Pistols and would talk about getting pregnant. Also, I have been to his website and I don't see anywhere on there stating he is pro-choice. His website basically has videos, info on tours and stuff and other music-related stuff. Plus, Johnn Lydon doesn't even run the site, it's run by other people. If you click on email, it will say that Johnny does not accpet email and he is a luddite. If you don't know what that is, look is up. It explains why he doesn't run his own website. Whether he is pro-choice or not, since you stated your opinion, I can freely state mine: I disagree with pro-choice. I don't expect anyone to accpet my opinion, but y'all will have to deal with it, cause I ain't changing my mind.
  • Kike from Laredo, TxVelvet Revolver sings this and do a very good job of it. I saw them sing this live in Houston, TX and it was amazing.
  • Lacy from Cadillac, MiJohn Lydon acually belives in pro-choice. He said so on an interveiw for Q magazine December 2005 issue 233 and is posted somewhere on his website. He said that every woman sould have the choice when they face it. I definatly agree with him.
  • Sacco Thayer from Taunton, MaThe song is about forced abortions in mental hospitals
  • Sheeberson from Wrightsville Beach, Ncthis is song is sooooooo good, and fun to sing along to
  • Christian from Kansas City, MoOn the VH1 Classic Album program for "Never Mind The Bollocks," John Lydon specifically says that it's not a pro-abortion song, nor an anti-abortion song.
  • Kane from Vancouver, WaI think this song IS about how Jonny Rotten disapproved of abortion but he used a good story to make everyone understand where he was coming from.
  • I'm Awesome from Boulder, Coive always though this song was about abortions and how the sex pistols disaprroved of them.
  • John from Topeka, KyThis is the best song ever. Me and my friend used to get in trouble singing this at recess. Yes I am only 12
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