Not A Pretty Girl

I am not a pretty girl
That is not what I do
I ain’t no damsel in distress
And I don’t need to be rescued
So put me down, punk
Maybe you’d prefer a maiden fair
Isn’t there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere?

I am not an angry girl
But it seems like I’ve got everyone fooled
Every time I say something they find heard to hear
They chalk it up to my anger
And never to their own fear
And imagine you’re a girl
Just trying to finally come clean
Knowing full well they’d prefer you were dirty
And smiling

And I am sorry
I am not a maiden fair
I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere

And generally my generation
Wouldn’t be caught dead working for the man
And generally I agree with them
Trouble is you’ve gotta have yourself an alternative plan
And I have earned my disillusionment
I have been working all of my life
And I am a patriot
I have been fighting the good fight
And what if there are no damsels in distress?
What if I knew that, and I called your bluff?
Don’t you think every kitten figures out how to get down
Whether or not you ever show up?

I am not a pretty girl
I don’t want to be a pretty girl
No, I want to be more than a pretty girl

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