Circa 1956: My family (I’m 2nd from left, middle row)

Bio Ballad of a Cult Survivor:
My Bio in Verse, for Better or Worse
(by Stephany Spencer-LeBaron)

1-  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.

Dig and delve?
Yes, dig and delve.
For everything I ever got

I had to dig and delve

2-  We hid among the hicks
Created toys out of sticks
But 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
Was what we must do

Oh, a hick–
A dadgummed polygamist hick
Born into a cult
“Plyg!” the ultimate insult

But how was I to know
Someday I would grow
And leave it all behind
That stoic life of woe

Life of woe
Oh, misery and woe
So I left it all behind
A better world to know

3-  A masochistic life of hell
We all did sow
It was the only world
I’d ever know

Till one day I did find
These people were all blind
And sniffing after
Some false prophet’s behind

5-  So I fled 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
Now I am a Graduate

6  When I fled the Mormon cult
Wasn’t sure what to expect
Times were hard
The wages too low

But I kept on keeping on
Though progress was slow
‘Twas better than I got
In Old Mexico

7-  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 ole USA
“You’ve come a long way, Babe,”
I tell myself today

Tag: I’m a cult survivor
You sure could say–
A thriver in every way!


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