Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Power to the Women!

We have been mistreated, violated, used, defied, degraded, and *insert similar offensive verb* by the world. So now, we have the right to write deranged feminist songs about our suffering. I present to you, the girl power. Women were not the hunter-gatherers in prehistoric times, but tell me, who gave birth to the children and cooked for the men? Women did. Revenge was coming. Mary Wollstonecraft, then; Kate Nash, Regina Spektor, Taylor Swift (yes), Alanis Morisette, Joan Jett, now. I thought of my favorite woman power songs with my favorite lyrics and put them on here. :)

1. Merry Happy - Kate Nash

Dancing at discos
Eating cheese on toast
Yeah you make me merry make me very very happy
But you obviously, you didn't want to stick around

I can be alone, yeah
I can watch a sunset on my own
I can be alone, yeah
I can watch a sunset on my own
I can be alone
I can watch a sunset on my own

Kate Nash was a recent discovery. So amazing. This could be the hymn to independence in my opinion.

2. Fifteen - Taylor Swift

When all you wanted was to be wanted
Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now
Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine

I try to ignore most of the song because it really is overly cliche and the idea is completely unoriginal. But there are just a few lines that I think every teenage girl should hear.
It's not like you are going to marry him.

3. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Do I even need to write a description for this? You're living in the past, it's a new generation. It's Joan Jett.

4. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce

If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I’d roll outta bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it.
Cause they’d stick up for me.

5. What It Feels Like For A Girl - Madonna

Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
'Cause it's OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading
But secretly you'd love to know what it's like
Wouldn't you
What it feels like for a girl

Glee recently covered this one. It kind of sucked. It could have been good, but only guys were singing it, so it was... weird.

6. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morisette

And I'm here to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know

I love Alanis Morisette. Jagged Little Pill is the best example of power to the women. I would write the rest of the awesome lyrics but they're a little R-rated. I also love the wail she does when she says "Here!" in the chorus. She rocks.

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