sisterhood lyrics
July 1, 2002 10:09 AM

when I was twelve years old
i was no sister then
and i was afraid, like you are when you're too young to know the time, and
you point, you have a word for every woman you can lay your eyes on,
pointing me in a crooked line

i will not be the others, i am the others
there's more than one answer to these questions
girl, you're so naive
and you're too young to understand
that's not your fault, that's just your turn
an old fashioned girl, gonna get dated

is that all there is?
if that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
she's already won

wake up, wake up, wake up right now
take her hand
and grow and grow and grow
she will give us hell, give us dreams
lead you through the fire
give you back hope

she cradled us
she held us in her arms
she said it's time i open my eyes
don't be afraid to open your eyes
maybe she's right
why can't we come together
we have not solved everything

o sisters let's go down,
let's go down, come on down,
pigtails and all
girls when they fall
for somebody else to understand
maybe you'll leave the light on
just in just in case i like the dancing i can remember where i come from
people are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered
but i owe much to the nameless and all those surrogates
those who're singin' my life back to me
you know my momma wouldn't have it any other way
culture is what we make it
yes it is
now is the time
to invent

This entry is brought to you by On Display and We Have Brains.

It's not that I'm trying to start some tradition of doing these two collaborative entries as one [slackass!]. Rather, I was thinking about the question I had posted and I needed to write something for On Display that wasn't a nostalgic melody of all the songs I loved before; the requirement was that the entry must be comprised of lyrics only.

So. This entry contains only lyrics (barring the paragraphs of explanation). It's essentially a poem about remembering whom you owe and forgiving the women before you who may have screwed up some tiny things, but also paved the way for you to live your amazingly fabulous life. The [all female] artists from whom these lyrics were gratefully ganked are: Indigo Girls, Neko Case, P J Harvey, Sleater Kinney, Gillian Welch, Dar Williams, Tori Amos, The Roches, Caitlin Cary, K's Choice and Sarah Mclachlan. Thanks, ladies.

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