CBS put on an anti-religion jeremiad early Thursday morning on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: a feminist musician who likes “wearing and making something Satanic since music is so not right now.”
Piano-banging rock singer Kristeen Young made her late-night TV debut, accompanied by Foo Fighters stars Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. She sang the song “Pearl of a Girl” that criticizes Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, but most gratuitously proclaims about Jesus “I wish the virgin would’ve had an abortion.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
It’s a bit hard to make out in Kristeen's ranty performance on CBS, but here are the anti-religious lyrics:
I never knew I was a girl until they stopped to tell me
I never knew I was disturbed until they dropped three volumes on me
But in the Bible/Torah/Quran there are really no good roles for me except concubine and wash woman
I used to be the sad one now I just wanna stab them it's so severe its brutal....
They’ve needed to have the law so they can legally bind us
They’ve needed to have the church so they can morally ground us
They’ve needed most of the dough they must be so scared of us
So their stories are of ghosts I only wish the virgin would’ve had an abortion.
Using their best sales pitch, the NPR station in New York calls this music "beguiling and visceral."
In an interview with Paper magazine about the outfits she designs for herself, Young announced “I felt like wearing and making something Satanic since music is so not right now. Even Ozzy's like the loveable, silly uncle next door.”
The skirt's pattern, which I painted on, represents the symbols of three major religions...but I've defaced them. The cross and the half moon are upside down and I sewed little metal pieces on the star points of the Star of David to look like blades making it like a martial arts throwing star weapon. The fabric and pattern of the skirt is the same as the lining of the jacket. I got the idea from what silent film star, Theda Bara, was wearing in one of her movies. I wear this outfit in much of the upcoming "Pearl of a Girl" video. The song is about the centuries of religious persecution (and again, triumph) of women.
Young also mocked the crucifix in this video promo:
The lyrics to “Pearl of a Girl” are more obvious in the recorded version:
PS: There was time for happy photos with Craig Ferguson for the Facebook page.