Bio Song of a Cult Survivor: My Bio in Verse, fer Better er Worse

 

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My family in 1956 — I’m in middle row, 2nd From left

I was born some time ago, way out in the sticks,
In a Mormon cult in Mexico, in nineteen forty-six;
By the time I was eleven, we were a family of twelve;
For everything I ever got, I had to dig and delve.
           Tag: Dig and delve? Yes, dig and delve —
       For everything I ever got, I had to dig and delve.

2-  We lived among the hicks; created toys out of sticks,
But we thought we were the best — “God’s Chosen People“!
This was the only life I knew, all the while I grew;
To pass God’s tests is what we were here to do.

Refrain:
Oh, a hick! Yes, a dad-gummed Mormon hick;

Born into a cult — Plyg!”  the ultimate insult;
But how was I to know someday I would grow
And leave it all behind, this stoic life of woe?
Tag: Life of woe? Yes, misery and woe —
 So I left it all behind, a better world to find.

3- A masochistic life we fundamentalists sowed!
It was the only world I’d ever know;
Till one day I would find these people were all blind —
And sniffin’ after some false prophet’s behind!

4-  So I escaped this fanatic cult — Left it all behind;
Into the world I went, a whole new life to find;
I settled in LA, and found a better way;
And now I am a Graduate of UCLA.

Refrain:
Oh a Plyg, a goldern polygamist hick!

Born into a cult; “Plyg!” was the ultimate insult;
But how was I to know someday I would grow,
And leave it all behind, this Mormon life of woe?
Tag: Life of woe? Oh, misery and woe!
So I fled foot-washing fundamentalists, a better world to know.


5- When I left this polygamist cult, wasn’t sure what to expect;

Times were hard and the pay was too low;
But I kept on keeping on, though progress was slow;
It was better than I got in Old Mexico.

6-  Now here I am today, living in a whole new way
From the backward one I started out with;
I’m grateful for each day and the good ol’ USA,
“You’ve come a long way, Babe,” I’m sure you might say.
Tag: Yes, I am a cult survivor, you sure could say!
(I’m a cult survivor in every way!)

(By Stephany Spencer, 1990)

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