Ani DiFranco – Not a Pretty Girl Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Not a Pretty Girl Lyrics

[Verse 1]
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?


[Verse 2]
I am not an 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


[Refrain]
And I am sorry
But I am not a maiden fair
And I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere

[Instrumental Break]

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“I am not an 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”

DiFranco uses this stanza to explain how her independence is interrupted as anger and aggression. As she states above, women are often placed into submissive and defenseless roles, when in reality, they are just as capable as their male counterparts. When they speak out, they are silence and subdued by the idea that they are just angry, when in reality, those who want to silence her just fear her rebellious actions.

(Megan Hanson)

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Release Date
July 18, 1995
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