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Good To Be Gay

Single [Chebel SRT/CUS015], 1975

Good To Be Gay single

Also released on Cabaret 79 reissue [Castaway Northwest CNWVP003CD], 1997

Cabaret 79


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It’s the same old story all over the world
When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl
We all come together cos we’re happy to say
It’s a natural fact that it’s good to be gay

We’ve been analysed, ridiculed and driven away
By our elders and betters just for growing up gay
They trampled on our feelings till we hid them for shame
Well now ‘Glad to be Gay’ is the name of the game

Cos it’s the same old story all over the world
When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl
We all come together cos we’re happy to say
It’s a natural fact that it’s good to be gay

Don’t feel guilty if you’re passing for straight
If you wanna be yourself, well it’s never too late
People won’t mind if you’re honest and gay
You might even find that they prefer you that way

Cos it’s the same old story all over the world
When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl
We all come together cos we’re happy to say
It’s a natural fact that it’s good to be gay

Some sisters and brothers who are glad to be gay
Say they’ve no need to join us cos they’re doing OK
But we need supporting and we need it today
And besides if they try it they’d like it each day


Cos it’s the same old story all over the world
When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl
We all come together cos we’re happy to say
It’s a natural fact that it’s good to be gay

And it’s the same old story all over the world
When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl
We all come together cos we’re happy to say
It’s a natural fact that it’s good to be gay

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Written as ‘Glad To Be Gay’ for Campaign for Homosexual Equality who pressed up a few hundred copies. The song was retitled for later reissues to avoid confusion with the better-known sequel ‘(Sing If You’re) Glad To Be Gay’.

‘It’s the same old story all over the world / When a boy meets a boy and a girl meets a girl’ is a play on the lyrics of The Tams’ 1967 soul classic Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy.

Tom explains the background to writing and recording this song in the interview

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