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

Someone You Don’t Know

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Anticipate

“We don’t say everything that we could
So that we can say later
Oh, you misunderstood
I hold my cards up
Close to my chest
I say what I have to
And I hold back the rest

’cause someone you don’t know
Is someone you don’t know
Get a firm grip, girl
Before you let go
For every hand extended
Another lies in wait
Keep your eye on that one
Anticipate”

Not So Soft by Ani DiFranco

Her Own Rope

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Eve’s Mouth

“Now we’ve got to Rapunzel, she’s chilling in the tower
Waiting for the handsome prince
She’s sapped of all her power
Finally, one day, the handsome prince in town
Called up to Rapunzel, “Yo girl, let it down!”
But our dear Rapunzel was nowhere to be seen,
Yes our dear Rapunzel had learned something keen
“All that time alone kinda taught me how to cope,
So I shaved my head and I made me a rope!””

Built Like That by Alix Olson

Not Good, Not Nice, Just Right

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Last Midnight

“You’re so nice.
You’re not good, you’re not bad,
You’re just nice.
I’m not good, I’m not nice,
I’m just right.
I’m the witch.
You’re the world.
I’m the hitch, I’m what no one believes.
I’m the witch.”

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