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Gay and Straight Together

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Gay and Straight Together

Gay and Straight Together is a landmark compilation with live recordings of both gay and straight songwriter-activists including Malvina Reynolds’s daughter Nancy Schimmel and feminist songwriter Kristin Lems. Produced by children’s music performer and Folkways artist Ginni Clemmens for Open Door Records, the album was released in 1981. Songs in various styles can be heard on the album, including uplifting sing-along anthems such as “Carry It On,” country-flavored “Piney Creek Woman,” humorous social satires like “Lezzie Queer,” and the pure, genre-defying inventiveness of “Weird.” The song lyrics are featured in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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Song for His 'n' Hers Jeffrey C. Jones 7:15
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Pancake Blues Kitty Barber 3:04
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Love Somebody Ginni Clemmens 3:08
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Piney Creek Woman Nancy Schimmel, Giovanni Balteri, and Kathy Glaser 2:36
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Penguin Walk Rag Lori Noelle 1:44
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Weird Vivian Davis, John Salewski, and Skip Harstirn 3:41
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How Nice Kristin Lems 3:40
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202
Surprise Paula Walowitz 2:40
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203
Lezzie Queer Judith Carsello 5:31
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204
If You Got Gayness Charlie Murphy 3:43
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Carry it On Dev Singh 3:41
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Lately I See Trisha Alexander 1:26
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Dirty Old Woman Merle Markland 2:02
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Old Woman Miss Saffman's Ladies Choir 2:29
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