Children Will Listen

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Children Will Listen

“Careful the things you say,
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do,
Children will see.
And learn.
Children may not obey,
But children will listen.
Children will look to you
For which way to turn,
To learn what to be.
Careful before you say,
“Listen to me.”
Children will listen.”

Into The Woods, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

False Rebellion

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“Excess ain’t rebellion
You’re drinkin’ what they’re selling now
Your self-destruction doesn’t hurt them
Your chaos won’t convert them”

How Do You Afford Your Rock N Roll Lifestyle by Cake

Empowerment Anthem

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June is LGBT Pride month.

I Will Survive (AKA: The Gay Anthem)

“At first, I was afraid, I was petrified.
Kept thinkin’ I could never live
Without you by my side,
But then I spent so many nights
Thinkin’ how you did me wrong.
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along.”

“Well, now go! Walk out the door!
Just turn around now,
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore!
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?”

“Oh no, not I! I will survive!”

-I Will Survive (single) and We Will Survive (album), performed by Gloria Gaynor, written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris

Midwestern United States Pride Month Resources:

Refusing to Fight Battlefield Life

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Your Battlefield

“Someday I will ask myself if I was disillusioned
I will ask myself if I have proven
That I made it on my own terms
Yeah I may have suffered some burns but I am
Living my dreams and I am who I wanna be

But you say life is a battlefield
And you have given me the arms
You say I have to fight
I have to keep moving on

On this path that you’ve tread
On this map that is yours
Well I have to say, have to say, have to say
That I can’t fight your war, I can’t fight your war”

Susie Suh by Susie Suh

Fitting In

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In Or Out

“Guess there’s something wrong with me
Guess I don’t fit in
No one wants to touch it
No one knows where to begin
I’ve got more than one membership
To more than one club
And I owe my life
To the people that I love”

Imperfectly by Ani DiFranco

Scared and Prepared

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I Know Things Now

“Do not put your faith in a cape and a hood.
They will not protect you the way that they should.
And take extra care with strangers,
even flowers have their dangers,
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than good.
Now I know, don’t be scared.
Granny is right, just be prepared.
Isn’t it nice to know a lot?
..And a little bit.. not.”

Into The Woods, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

More Than Average

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“I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally,
Because I am a queen

I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
India.Arie”

Acoustic Soul by India Arie

Not a Cornflake

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Cornflake Girl

“Never was a cornflake girl
Thought that was a good solution
Hangin’ with the raisin girls
She’s gone to the other side
Givin’ us a yo heave ho”

Under The Pink by Tori Amos

A Warrior’s Spirit

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Born To Fight

“They’re tryin’ to take away my pride
By stripping me of everything I own
They’re tryin’ to hurt me inside
And make me into a white man’s drone”

“But this one’s not for sale
And I was born to fight”

Crossroads by Tracy Chapmen

Wishing, Wanting and Solitude

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Cinderella At the Grave

“I’ve been good and I’ve been kind, Mother,
Doing only what I learned from you.
Why, then, am I left behind, Mother,
Is there something more that I should do?”

“Are you certain what you wish is what you want?”

Into The Woods, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine