"Tiger" as written by and Paula Cole....
Where do I put this fire
This bright red feeling
This tiger lily down to mouth
He wants to grow to twenty feet tall

I've left Bethlehem
I feel free
I've left the girl I was supposed to be and
Someday I'll be born
I'm so tired of being shy
I'm not that girl anymore
I'm not that straight A anymore
I want to sit with my legs wide open and
Laugh so loud that the whole damn restaurant
Will turn and look at me and say
Look at the tiger jumping out of her mouth

No more sex-starved teachers
Trying to touch my ass
I can finally be a teenager at age twenty-six
Go to hell lions, tigers, and bears
I'm not afraid of you anymore
And my fear broke apart like fifty balloons
And I'm thrown around the room like party confetti now

Someday I'll be born
Someday someday someday I'll be born
Someday someday someday I'll be born
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon
High and noon


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"Tiger" as written by Paula Cole

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    General CommentI think this song is all about growing up and find out who you are. Like, the geek in high school, the nerd that is telling everyone 'hey, i'm sick of this, i want to party, i want to be sexy, i want to be myself, i don't want to be held back by my religion'
    sixedhearton November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites. I think it's about breaking away and doing your own thing. "I'm so tired of being shy, I'm not that girl anymore." She tells us that she's not the goody-2-shoes she used to be. She's grown up and not afraid to take on the world. It's pretty liberating, I must say. Love it.
    movieliciouson November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSame subject as her song Bethlehem from her debut album. But that one was sad, while this is defiant. Really cool.
    anacson August 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShe's like, "I've always been that girl- the quiet one, the sweet one.. But, fuck it."
    pamplemousse916on February 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentActually, to even push this further.
    When I lost my virginity, it almost felt like this song was a letter to my parents.
    And i was telling them that I needed to get out and be myself, even as a 16 year old.
    pamplemousse916on April 27, 2009   Link

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