Some guy tried to rub up against me
In a crowded subway car
Some guy tried to feed me some stupid line
In some stupid bar
I see the same shit everyday
The landscape looks so bleak
I think I'll take the first one of you's home
That does something unique

Some chick says
Thank you for saying all the things I never do
I say
The thanks I get is to take all the shit for you
It's nice that you listen
It'd be nicer if you joined in
As long as you play their game girl
You're never going to win

Today I just want someone to entertain me
I'm tired of being so fierce
I'm tired of being so friendly
You don't have to be a supermodel
To do the animal thing
You don't have to be a super genius
To open your face up and sing

Somebody do something
Anything soon
I know I can't be the only
Whatever I am in the room
So why am I so lonely?
Why am I so tired?
I need backup
I need company
I need to be inspired

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    i relate 2 this song soo much from the corny lines to the supermodel and supergenius comments! :)

    BrassMunkee05on July 24, 2002   Link
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    I love the last lines when it says I need backup I need company I need to be inspired. I think that is such a good point because so many times you just go through the same ol thingwith people and all the people are the same and not to say that yur better than anyone but sometimes other people just bore me and i wan tofind someone more interesting.

    Bortyon September 07, 2002   Link
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    The lyrics in this song are just amazing.

    GoOgOoGiRL77on October 30, 2004   Link
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    I reckon this song is about standing up and vocalising the ideals you believe in. Rather than just quietly begrudging the world for its inequalities and negative discriminations we need to unite and 'face up and sing'!

    self_consciouson December 09, 2004   Link
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    Ooo could I just add I love the verse about the woman saying 'thankyou for saying all the things I never do'. I think Ani is spot on here, in saying that NOT being vocal and standing up for yourself is affirming and condoning sexist and misogynist practices.

    self_consciouson December 09, 2004   Link
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    "I know I can't be the only whatever I am in the room" you said it girl!!!

    L-E-7on December 28, 2004   Link
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    All I could think of when I heard this song the first time was "HELL YES!" From verse 1, the proverbial white-van types that give a nice place like this in a nasty girl like me (sorry :P) hell every time we go anywhere without a guy, and for whom we are just a piece of ass.... verse 2 and the people that REALLY bug me - the ones that complain til the cows come home about something but never DO anything (God only knows I've got experience of that one).... right through to verse 3 & 4, where it seems like she's fed up of constantly being the (only) one fighting for what should be, and doing the right thing, and just wants some fun, without having it brought up.....

    That's what I think anyway... great to turn up when you're peeved with the passive masses :)

    lxa601on June 30, 2007   Link

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