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Girls
The Family Jewels album artwork
Released February 15, 2010
Length 3:28
Label 679, Atlantic
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Producer Pascal Gabriel, Liam Howe
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
The Family Jewels track listing
"Girls" is track number 4.
Previous track
"I Am Not A Robot"
Next track
"Mowgli's Road"

"Girls" (registered as "Girls!!!") is a song by Marina and the Diamonds on her first studio album, The Family Jewels. The song centers around the negative beliefs and habits forced on—and acted out by—women in society.

Background and meaningEdit

On June 23, 2008, Diamandis mentioned on her Myspace blog that she had recently co-wrote the track with Gabriel and Howe, revealing that "the lyrics came out rather quickly in the writing process, but the idea and sentiment behind the song have been brewing for a [very] long time." She stated that she was extremely uninspired by women, noting a "massive shortage of strong, inspiring females in mainstream society."[1]

Marina has spoken about this song in an interview, saying, "It's a call for women to stop being ...enemies. These days you're either a nun or a whore, to be one or neither, all or none. I want to help redefine women's place in society."[2]

In 2011, Diamandis admitted that the song could be viewed as misogynistic, revealing that the song makes her cringe. After being accused of "unsisterly bitchiness" for making the song, she stated that "that obviously isn’t how I meant it," describing that it was as much about battling with record labels over image.[3]

LyricsEdit

Album version Edit

  Verse 1.  
Look like a girl but I think like a guy

Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yoghurts, I'll stick to my apple pie

  Pre-chorus.  


Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
"Na na na na na"

  Verse 2.  


Girls, oh girls, wag your tails to the beat
Of Girls Aloud, oh the journos in heat
Write such good stories, oh their mothers must be proud
Making money off your insecurity and doubt

  Pre-chorus.  


Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
"Na na na na na"
All they say is "na, na, na"
"Na na na na na" (I feel)

  Middle eight.  


I feel I've been riding in a fast car
Burning dirty gas won't get you that far
I feel I've been riding up the wrong path
But I'm gonna make sure I get the last laugh

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)
"Na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)

  Outro.  


All they say is "na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)
"Na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)

"Calm Down" demo Edit

Look like a girl but I think like a guy
Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yogurts
I'll stick to my apple pie

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
I love your Botox bitch, I'll curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, oh girls, wag your tails to the beat
Of Girls Aloud, oh the journos in heat
Write such good stories
Oh their mothers must be proud
Making money of your insecurity and doubt

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
I love your Botox bitch, I'll curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Calm down, I'm not gonna steal your boyfriend
No need to brand him in between the eyes
Calm down, I'm not gonna steal your boyfriend
So quit burning holes in me with your eyes

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

"Fast car" demo Edit

Look like a girl but I think like a guy
Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yogurts
I'll stick to my apple pie

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, oh girls, buying cheap magazines
Cut out the face and you cut out the dream
Coz this was all you ever wanted to be
Give in and you go to fuel a new security

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsey for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never hear from me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)

I feel I've been riding in a fast car
Burning dirty gas won't get you that far
I feel I've been riding up the wrong path
But I'm gonna make sure I get the last laugh

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, wag your tails to the beat (na na na na na)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Marina Blogs. "Blog on girls, fat, and how i'm a 'misogynist'." Accessed May 14, 2013.
  2. The Bowery Presents. "Marina & The Diamonds." Accessed May 14, 2013.
  3. Lilia Diu, Nisha. The Telegraph. "I'm Marina, You're the Diamonds." Accessed May 14, 2013.

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