Feminist Fight Songs: Celebrating National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry month, I decided to highlight some of my favorite song lyrics by women, for women.
So without further ado, I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves. In no particular order. . .
1) Flawless by Beyonce
Let’s be real, there was no way I was not going to include Flawless by Beyonce on this list (although Who Run the World was a top contender).
2) Confident by Demi Lovato
So you say I’m complicated
that I must be outta my mind
but you’ve had me underrated
What’s wrong with being
What’s wrong with being confident?
I just channel a little Demi Lovato as soon as I start having any silly thoughts like “maybe I’m coming off as too aggressive right now.”
3) Fight Song Rachel Platten
This is my fight song
take back my life song
prove I’m alright song
my power’s turned on
starting right now
I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
and I don’t really care if nobody else believes
cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.
For getting over a breakup or just warming up before your work-out sesh. I love me a good, all-purpose, pump-up song.
4) Got It by Marian Hill
I got this thing
gonna tie your tongue
step in my ring
you’ll be out round one.
Because the voice and the attitude is as sexy as the word play this song’s got going on here.
5) Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monae
March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
There’s no one like Janelle Monae to get you feeling a little revolutionary…
6) The Schuyler Sisters by Lin-Manuel Miranda
So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane
You want a revolution? I want a revelation?
So listen to my declaration.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident
that all men are created equal”
And when I meet Thomas Jefferson
I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson spotlighted these lyrics in her interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and then later compelled him rap for He for She, as she beatboxed alongside. It might have been a break-the-internet moment.
7) She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert
She says that people stare ‘cuz we look so good together
*sobbing* My heart breaks every time on that line.
8) Girl in a Country Song by Maddie and Tae
I hear you over there on your tailgate whistlin'
Sayin', "Hey girl."
But you know I ain't listenin'
'Cause I got a name
And to you it ain't "pretty little thing", "honey" or "baby"
I’m just going to download those last two lines onto my phone and have it ready to go for every cat caller out there.
9) Take A Number by Baiyu
And I’m so dangerous no man I’ve met ever compares
That’s why I’m through with this, ‘cause what you pushin’ ain’t the shit
She’s basically saying “take a number ‘cuz you ain’t getting mine.” Ok, maybe that’s just my interpretation of the song, but again I just love the attitude in this song.
10) Bo$$ by Fifth Harmony
You say that you a baller
And I see you tryna holla
But that ain't how I was brought up
Working for my money
'Cause that's what my momma taught me
So yo ass betta show me some respect
…and then maybe my favorite line in the whole song:
I pledge allegiance to my independent girls in here.
What about you Swooners? I’m sure there are infinite gems I’ve missed out there and I can’t wait to hear your favorite empowering lyrics for every occasion. What do you like to wake up to? Work out to? Stress-cry or rock out to?