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I am not a pretty girl
that is not what I do
I ain’t no damsel in distress
and I don’t need to be rescued
so put me down punk
wouldn’t you prefer a maiden fair
isn’t there a kitten
stuck up a tree somewhere
I am not a angry girl
but it seems like
I’ve got everyone fooled
every time I say something
they find hard to hear
they chalk it up to my anger
and never to their own fear
imagine you’re a girl
just trying to finally come clean
knowing full well they’d prefer
you were dirty
and smiling
and I’m sorry
but I am not a maiden fair
and I am not a kitten
stuck up a tree somewhere
generally my generation
wouldn’t be caught dead
working for the man
and generally I agree with them
trouble is you got to have yourself
an alternate plan
I have earned my disillusionment
I have been working all of my life
I am a patriot
I have been fighting the good fight
and what if there are
no damsels in distress
what if I knew that
and I called your bluff
don’t you think every kitten
figures out how to get down
whether or not you ever show up
I am not a pretty girl
I don’t really want to be a pretty girl
I want to be more than a pretty girl
[1995] Ani DiFranco
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