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​If I Had a Girl

This song is by Nerina Pallot and appears on the EP Grand Union (2014) and on the album The Sound and the Fury (2015).

Original video
I'm a rock, I'm an island
I need no one to love me.
At the end of the world
There'll be no man above me.
I work the livelong day
To do things my way
But if I had a girl I would tell her this:
Oh your no means no
But your skirt comes into question.
That you ask for it will be the suggestion.
You'll work the livelong day
To take home half the pay
So if I had a girl I would tell her this:

You gotta be bolder, better, harder, faster
Don't take no shit off no lord, no master
Don't listen when they say "how far you've come!"
'Cause you go to work and you raise the babies
And you work some more
Now listen ladies
If you think we're done we've only just begun.

Oh you go to school
And they tell you that you're equal
But in the big wide world
That just means half the people.
And one thing you don't see
There ain't no dicks on page three
So if you have a girl please remind her this:

You gotta be bolder, better, harder, faster
Don't take no shit off no lord, no master
Don't listen when they say "how far you've come!"
'Cause you go to work and you raise the babies
And you work some more
Now listen ladies
If you think we're done we've only just begun.
If you think we're done we've only just begun.
If you think we're done we've only just begun.

Only got started, only got started
So far to go, so far to go now.

And if I wear my skirt short, don't mean I don't have a brain
And if cover myself from head to toe, don't mean that I'm in chains.
I don't have to hate men to know that life ain't fair.
Oh I see how far we have to go
But I know, I know, I know that we'll get there

Written by:

Nerina Pallot.