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Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Billie Eilish Take Us to "Tampon Farm" on SNL
The pretaped musical sketch channeled the crunchy vibes of Lilith Fairs past, starring current and former women of SNL, longtime SNL writer Paula Pell, and Billie Eilish.
Season 49 of Saturday Night Live has put forth some excellent pretaped sketches, from "Lake Beach" in Nate Bargatze's episode to "Fully Naked in New York" from Emma Stone's. "Tampon Farm," the final musical sketch of 2023, arrived in Kate McKinnon's December 16 Christmas episode, and it felt like a love letter to the past and current women who've made SNL great. It also doubled as a strong argument for the return of '90s female-focused music tour Lilith Fair.
"Tampon Farm" opens with Kate McKinnon strumming the guitar in a sunny field, singing an Indigo Girls-esque folk ode to some hard-working, banana-chomping women (SNL alums Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig). As the song builds to the chorus, we find out where they are: Tampon Farm, a place where tampons literally grow on trees.
Cast members Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, and Chloe Fineman play women down on the farm, as does musical guest Billie Eilish, who contributes backing vocals and proudly shows off a harvest basket full of you-know-whats. Also on hand as one of the farmers is Paula Pell, who wrote for SNL from 1995-2020. Pell also wrote the 2015 Amy Poehler-Tina Fey film Sisters, and starred alongside Poehler, Rudolph, and Fey in 2019's Wine Country. Pell also co-wrote Rachel Dratch's famous "Debbie Downer" sketch, among so many others.
Watch the "Tampon Farm" sketch featuring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Billie Eilish
On Tampon Farm, the female hygiene products flow like wine, everybody gets an acoustic guitar, and women enjoy each other's company in more ways than one.
Unfortunately, we learn by the end of the song, this doesn't leave room for a ton of actual tampon farming. The farm is ultimately condemned, but its spirit of togetherness can live on in our hearts.
The lyrics to SNL's "Tampon Farm"
She’s sitting on a tractor, harvest piled high
She's sitting in her in wisdom, baby on her thigh
Her eyes on the horizon, she smiles with a sigh
And she sings
She's wearing a bandana, she's eating a banana
Her clothes are made of burlap, her horse's name is Hannah
And there's sweat on her brow-sers, dirt on her trousers
And she sings
Tampon Farm, the women making cotton
Cotton for the tampons, tampons for the blood
Tampon Farm, women with guitars
Are singing to the tampons, Tampon Farm
The sun makes the fibers, the hands load the fibers
Into little things of plastic, to go in a vagine
And the moon makes the menses, nd the menses meets the fibers
And they sing
Tampon farm, utopia of women
Sweating and they're farming, playing the guitar
Tampon Farm, They’re going out of business
'Cause they sang instead of farming
Tampon Farm, Tampon Farm, Tampon Farm