SDS Womyn's Caucus Blog

The Flow: You Don’t Own Me

Posted on: July 6, 2009

About THE FLOW: Emilyn (Drew SDS) and Christa (formerly Drew SDS) will bring you monthly installments of “The Flow” which celebrates feminist creative writing.  This includes lyrics, poems, short stories, etc.  We want lyrics from a wide variety of music genres and works that cover issues that pertain to feminism, gener non-comformity, female/trans/genderqueer empowerment, etc.  If you have suggestions or want to submit a piece please contact us at chendric@gmail.com or thatcrazybroad@gmail.com.  Thanks!

We’re starting out with an easy one for our first post – you know you love belting this out -at least we do!

❤ Emilyn and Christa

You Don’t Own Me

by Leslie Gore (also performed on First Wives Club)

You don’t own me, I’m not just one of your many toys
You don’t own me, don’t say I can’t go with other boys

And don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say
And please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display, ’cause

You don’t own me, don’t try to change me in any way
You don’t own me, don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay

Oh, I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you

I’m young and I love to be young
I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please

A-a-a-nd don’t tell me what to do
Oh-h-h-h don’t tell me what to say
And please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display

I don’t tell you what to say
Oh-h-h-h don’t tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you

I’m young and I love to be young
I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want

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