Amazing song & video (how appropriately named) "It's a boy" by Only Son

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Just discovered Only Son thanks to my father in law (I know, he has fantastic taste in music) -  we both share a love for Regina Spektor and he discovered him thanks to her -- Only Son (Jack Dishel, former Moldy Peaches lead guitarist) is her husband. 

The song and content resonated so much that I wanted to share the lyrics. I'm moved for obvious reasons (just had my own "only son") but especially because I just had a conversation with a very dear friend who will be undergoing IVF soon. We touched on the subject of "designer babies" and how far we would go to "create" the child we want. But it seems that Jack here is saying so much more than that... 

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Let's start with the baby's gender. 

Do you know what you both want?" 

"Well, we discussed it and we're pretty sure 
we'd like to have a boy." 

"OK, that's fine..." 

"6'2" with perfect vision, 
good teeth and even skin. 
Block the addiction gene 
and quarantine his temper if you can..." 

"OK, we'll see..." 

"He needs a homing chip put deep inside his wrist 
in case somebody tries to steal our little prince..." 

"You're not the first in line 
and I don't have a lot of time. 
If you look, I'm sure you wouldn't mind 
to pick one of our stock designs. 
I'll leave it with you..." 

"He shouldn't have to go to school 
like all those people off the grid. 
He needs a good head start 
like every single other normal kid. 
I'm sure we'll find a way to pay... 

He needs a humor chip, put it second on the list - 
for when he's old enough to realize where he is. 
And if we can't afford to give him what he's worth 
just make sure that he's strong enough to work..." 

"You're not the first in line 
and I'm running out of time. 
I can recommend a friend of mine 
who deals with our low budget line. 

But if you want to make him right, 
so he has a better life, 
you can sign us back his human rights 
and get him now for half the price. 
It's a pretty good deal..."