December 2, 2014 · 1990s Jefferson Starship Material Issue R-rated

Sister Mary Catherine, Rock-and-Roll Nun

There's a new girl in town
She's been walking around
Turning heads up and down Ellison[1] Street

See her in all the smoky bars
Singing songs by The Cars and Jefferson Starship

She strums her Strat like Hendrix
But she prays a lot like Martin Luther

I tried to talk to her but there's an anchor
On my tongue, I can't break through her
Excommunication barrier
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock and Roll nun

Every week I confess I'm still trying to guess
What she looks like underneath her
Ankle-length monastic dress,
I'd like to break her of her habit

Take her out to an R-rated movie
Figure out all the words that make her blush

This is no ordinary schoolboy crush
This is a yearning measured in truly biblical proportions
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock-and-roll nun

She keeps her little black book filled with all the
Names and numbers of the men she's always worshipped[2]
She says she loves a man, but he's a god inside my eyes,
I know inside her heart, there's room for more

There's a new girl in town
She's been walking around
Turning heads up and down Ellison Street

There's a bow in her auburn hair,
There's a chill in the autumn air as she
Sashays on by like the pavement's a runway
There's fire and brimstone in her eyes

She's on her knees, trying to save my wretched soul
I'm on her trail, I'm hiding beneath her cloistered bedroom window
What's a boy like me going to do with a woman like that?
A woman like that
Sister Mary Catherine, Rock-and-roll nun


  1. Material Issue were masters of writing pop songs about the unattainable, one-named girl. Valerie Loves Me. Diane. My kids still think I want a helicopter and a submarine because that's just the stuff I want. ↩︎

  2. I see what you did there.
       -- you, probably ↩︎