Girls in Trouble: a Song Cycle About Biblical Women

girls in trouble

It’s a bumper season for musician and lyricist Alicia Jo Rabins. Divinity School, a book of her poetry, was just published, and she has just released a new CD, part of her song cycle “Girls in Trouble,” “about the complicated lives of biblical women” rendered in their own blunt words.

The song in the voice of Noah’s wife, “Measuring Tape,” ends like this:

Just like you said, we came to rest
But what about the others, the ones who failed the test
So you were right, so we survived
But when I looked into your eyes
I saw the ones we left behind
And all I wanted was to understand
How you grew into this other man
Who built a giant boat in our backyard