"Tell You Now" as written by and Jocelyn Samson Johanna Fateman....
I'll just tell you now
'cause I don't think you know
The things you tried to kill
I found a way to grow

I'll just tell you now
You may have made your mark
But I'm still here today
Knowing who you are

I'll just tell you now
I'll just tell you now
(Don't want to disappoint you)
You're not the City of God
(Or be one to annoy)
You can't strike me down
(But it won't go away now)
From your mountain top
(And here's the reasons why)
I'll just tell you now
(You took my intuition)
You're not the City of God
(My knowledge of the truth)
You can't shoot me down
(The love I had in this world)
From your mountain top
(I gave it all to you)
I'll just tell you now
I want to tell you now...

I'll just tell you now
'cause I don't think you know
The things you tried to kill
I found a way to grow

I'll just tell you now
(You took my intuition)
You're not the City of God
(My knowledge of the truth)
You can't shoot me down
(The love I had in this world)
From your mountain top
(I gave it all to you)

I want to tell you now...

Say this one packs a fight
Just crazy, out of my mind
Say sorry, yeah it's all right
Just give me back what you took that night
I want to tell you now
I say it full out
I want to get up in your face
And tear your thoughts right out
I want to tell you, tell you now
I'm gunna tell you, tell you how
You didn't change my mind
You didn't do a thing
'Cept made me hate myself
And made me fear everything
You thought I'd run and hide
And keep it all inside
How can you see me
And think it's all right?

I want to tell you now...


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"Tell You Now" as written by Johanna Fateman Jocelyn Samson

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  • +1
    General Commentoh my lord. amazing!

    "It's actually really sad [laughs] and it's not ... it ended up being one of the least poppy songs on the record. But it was more of a learning process song for us I think. I think it's really successful as a song but it doesn't really have a traditional chorus ... it's a thinly veiled attempt to deal with somebody who was abusive in my life. You know when you have a thing of like, somebody is really fucked up to you, and you don't really want to be in a room with them, but you have all these things to say to them? Maybe it's not safe for you to be in a room with them, but you have all of these feelings. It's like, I kind of said it in the song, instead of actually having to talk to the person, because that actually wouldn't be healthy for me to talk to the person. I think a lot of women are in that position. In the '80s there was this whole thing about confront your abuser or whatever, and that's just not always possible or healthy. I really like the idea that there's a million different ways that you can deal with things. One of them is humor, which I usually gravitate towards. But it's also kind of good to sing a sweet sounding "Fuck You" song." - Kathleen Hanna
    whatareweon December 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh my lord. amazing!

    "It's actually really sad [laughs] and it's not ... it ended up being one of the least poppy songs on the record. But it was more of a learning process song for us I think. I think it's really successful as a song but it doesn't really have a traditional chorus ... it's a thinly veiled attempt to deal with somebody who was abusive in my life. You know when you have a thing of like, somebody is really fucked up to you, and you don't really want to be in a room with them, but you have all these things to say to them? Maybe it's not safe for you to be in a room with them, but you have all of these feelings. It's like, I kind of said it in the song, instead of actually having to talk to the person, because that actually wouldn't be healthy for me to talk to the person. I think a lot of women are in that position. In the '80s there was this whole thing about confront your abuser or whatever, and that's just not always possible or healthy. I really like the idea that there's a million different ways that you can deal with things. One of them is humor, which I usually gravitate towards. But it's also kind of good to sing a sweet sounding "Fuck You" song." - Kathleen Hanna
    whatareweon December 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexcellent song.
    maggotbrainon February 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah go Le Tigre!!! This song is awesome
    Hysteriaon April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song opened my eyes so much to abuse and how much of a problem it is. i guess i never really thought about it that much before until i heard kathleens own experiences and how she has dealt with them. She has a great section on le tigres website called keep on livin' that reaches out to women who have been through the same shit.
    but ya the song makes me cry pretty much everytime i hear it cuz i just cant understand how anyone could hurt her in that way. she is just so amazing to me. but shes become even more amazing now that i know how strong she really is.
    twat_u_areon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood, that's what I had thought about. I had thought it was about Kathleen's bad experience. It made me so proud of her to be able to get over it and say fuck you and get ahead. I love this woman! She gives me strenght! Best woman songwriter ever!
    TaLeNa824on December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, this song is really powerful. Go Kathleen!
    Doobie Beeon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song always makes me cry :') but it also makes me happy, I
    _starfishon March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about kathleen being a rape victim
    oohlaamattieon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the more punk Le Tigre songs. man.. this song can make me sob.
    precipitateon March 06, 2006   Link

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