The Lyrics To 'SNL's "Welcome To Hell" Song Highlight Just How Long Women Have Faced Harassment — VIDEO
With many sexual harassment allegations surfacing in recent months, it's been tough to read all the headlines as a woman. But on Dec. 2's episode of Saturday Night Live, one hilarious, yet too true sketch argued that it's actually always been hard to be a woman. The lyrics to SNL's "Welcome to Hell" song show that sexual harassment isn't a new thing for women — trying to avoid it has always been a part of our daily lives. SNL cast members Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant, along with guest host Saoirse Ronan sang the oh-too-truthful too on a colorful set filled with peppermint lollipops, purple clouds, and fluffy pink swings that looked like it could have been a Katy Perry video in another life.
Even the tune sounds like a regular pop song on the surface, but the women ask that you not be fooled by the superficial appearance of the music video's setting. “This ain’t a girl group, we just travel together for safety,” Bryant sings to the audience. The rest of the song's lyrics highlighted that sexual harassment — and taking steps to prevent such harassment — has always been part of a woman's daily life.
Hey there boys,
I know the last couple of months have been frickin' insane
All these big, cool, powerful guys have been turning out to be
oh what’s the term,
habitual sexual predators?
Cat's out of the bag
Women get harassed all the time
Is this the world now?
Here's a little secret that every girl knows:
Oh, this been the damn world
Oh yeah, this is not your typical pop song parody, but a definitive satire about the current revelations in Hollywood and politics. The lyrics also referenced many of the week's allegations as well.
It's button-under-the-desk bad
But this is our hometown
We'll show you around
Welcome to Hell
The women go onto explain how they try to prevent sexual harassment and assault — McKinnon demonstrates how she holds a key sticking up between each of her fingers, emulating Wolverine, for safety as she walks home at night. Ronan sings, "My dad gave me a pink gun, so there's a lot there." Strong holds her arm against her face and grunts, saying she hopes the maneuver makes suspicious men think, "She's not worth the trouble."
The women continue singing, moving onto innocent situations that they suspect could become sinister.
Welcome to Hell
Now you're in our boat
Look at that guy, what is he up to in that trench coat?
It's like a maze here
All filled with boners
Hey what was that?
Oh just a cat
Wait, who owns that cat?
It could be a trap
Welcome to Hell
The song also addresses a question that is often brought up: why didn't women say anything until now? Meanwhile, SNL cast member Melissa Villasenor demonstrates the struggles of women throughout history.
I guess it begs the question:
Whoa, why didn't you say something, baby girl?
Well, dang double daddy, we definitely did
For hundreds of years
But I guess no one, like, cared
Because it kept happening again
During the song's bridge, SNL cast member Leslie Jones enters and approaches the women with a good point: "I think what you guys are doing is really cool, I really get it, but you do know it's a million times worse for a woman of color, right?"
The rest of the women nod in agreement, proceeding to list all the things that have been ruined for women due to sexual harassment, such as parking, walking, ponytails, drinking, hotels, and more.
Watch the music video below.
The SNL song and its lyrics truly capture what it's like to be a woman these past few months — and really, for a long time before 2017.