how many girls stay awake all night
too scared to sleep and too scared to fight back
i know you know what i'm talking about
another woman killed and hardly a pout about it
green river killer my fucking ass
the cops have gotta be deaf, dumb, and spastic
to not catch the killer(s) of one hundred woman
i guess it'd be different if they thought we were human

i wanna know what love is

what the fuck if we all got guns
to off the fucking pigs and all the other motherfuckers
raping the children they paint like dolls
jon benet didn't scream because she never fucking was
come on now the police aren't gonna save you
they're part of the problem that society gave you
locking up black men for whistling in the wind
you see a mirage when you call the cop your friend

i wanna know what love is

the killers and the cops give us special advice
like cross your legs and act fucking nice
while they kill us off old and fucking young
for breathing, relieving, and having fun
they'll keep you scared so you have to have a boyfriend
and take your kids away if you're a la la lesbian
arrest you for whoring then rape you in the car
it's time we point the finger at who the real criminals are

i wanna know what love is
i want you to show me

so i'll stay awake almost every night
a pen in my hand and in the other a knife
because i'd rather be scared and fight back
than be some dick's maid, babe or wife

i don't care how we get it but we'll get it someday


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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's a great song, and I like how it uses the chorus, "I wanna know what love is." because to me this relates to the foreigner song, how as women we want to know love, but we can't know love when there is all these bad things going on.
    xcatson September 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkathleen hanna + hip hop= fucking awesome


    'so i'll stay awake almost every night
    a pen in my hand and in the other a knife
    because i'd rather be scared and fight back
    than be some dick's maid, babe or wife'

    great sentiment.
    precipitateon December 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song about violence against women. I love it, and I'm a dude.
    sakeboxon April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how she sings in this song <33
    xCunton April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlmost like a rap.
    sakeboxon April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks, i love julie ruin so much. violence against women sucks also. glad somebody's gonna sing against it.
    rrriloKILEYon April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is pretty awesome! shows that violence against women should not be taken lightly, even though it usually is.
    shadygirl85on June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love her message in here, that we women need to stop allowing our fears to prevent us from doing what we want, and to face our fears alone, instead of being completely dependent on men. To me, she's singing about finding our inner strength and courage.
    jadepnk06on December 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe point she is trying to get acrossed is fucking great. i appreciate her and this song!
    Jordiannaon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfuck police brutality and fuck sexism
    skarredmunkeyon June 21, 2005   Link

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