The Fishing is Free

Jane Field, a Canadian singer and songwriter with a disability, uses humor in her tales of disability. First recorded in 1994 on a music cassette titled, "The Fishing is Free" (available from the Next Renaissance: a catalog of disability art, culture & collectibles, 2260 Sunrise Point Rd., Las Cruces, NM 88011). Internet publication URL: www.independentliving.org/docs3/field1994.html

The fishing is free with your disability
You don't need a licence like the rest.
Movies are half the price, well isn't that nice?
And the parking spots are nothing but the best.

Well, don't you wish that you were disabled?
Disabled is the better way to be.
With crutches, canes and braces, wheelchairs to run races
Don't you wish that you were just like me?

The deaf have got sign language,
the blind have got their dogs
Their loyal trusted guides are at their sides.
Well everyone has their vices, but we've got our devices
Oh, don't you envy us our privileged lives?

Well, don't you wish that you were disabled?
Disabled is the better way to be.
When we go out it's really neat,
we're always sure we'll get a seat
Oh, don't you wish that you were just like me?

No one knows just what to call us
which label should befall us,
And they're some dandy terms from which to choose.
My favourite's "wheel-chair bound" cause it has a
bondage sound.
Oh it's fun to guess what term they're going to use.

Well, don't you wish that you were disabled?
Disabled is the better way to be.
There are special entrances in stores, they let us in
through the back doors
Oh, don't you wish that you were just like me?
Disabled is the better way to be.
With all these benefits and perks that's
how the system works
Oh, don't you wish that you were just like me?

Oh the fishing is free with your disability
You don't need a licence like the rest.
Movies are half the price, well isn't that nice?
And the parking spots are nothing but the best!

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