Blonde

Album: Hello My Name Is... (2012)
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  • Bridgit co-wrote this song with the pop/electronica duo Dreamlab, who comprise Leah Haywood and Daniel James. A self-proclaimed forgetful person, it finds the singer poking fun at stereotypes associated with the fair-haired demographic. "Yes, there's the label of being 'blonde,'" she told AOL Music, "but it doesn't define me."

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  • Supertramp1974The original version of the song is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAWoUu07JoI

    The story in the song roughly follows the 5 stages of grief

    Denial: She's in denial that there's a problem and tells us that she just abuses the stereotype.
    She starts singing about how she's hitting on a guy by pretending that the other day he had asked her for her number. He's confused and doesn't believe her. That's why she keeps adding details 'with my brother','cloudy skies', 'had to get home', to make it sound more believable that she really believes what she says. He finally starts to understand that she must confuse him with somebody else. He asks what his name was and she readily explains that she of course forgot it.

    Anger: She gets emotional, saying that it's not OK how society treats her.
    Then the refrain comes 'I'm a blond soul, excuse me.', further clarifying why she can get away lying to people she hits on, because she can make them believe that she's dumb. By saying that she's sorry, she judges the audience, saying that we only fell for the setup, because she's a blonde. In the music video, when she sings 'I get crazy', she pushes her lower jaw forwards while saying 'crazy', either emphasizing how sick she is of hearing blondes being called 'crazy' or saying that being judged because she's blonde is making her crazy. Singing 'and everybody knows we're a little more fun...', she enacts the stereotype, talking in a silly way, directly accusing us of how atrociously terrible our general idea of blondes is.

    Bargaining: She clears the table by reintroducing herself and explains stereotypes around intelligence and stereotypes around blondes, showing us where we're wrong, hoping we would acknowledge it.
    "Hey, I'm not a college grad yet..." She introduces herself again, this time as a real person and to the audience. She makes the indirect claim: Having read a certain book other people have read, being a college graduate or having read Shakespeare aren't things that necessarily make you smarter, so being a blonde shouldn't be perceived as something that makes you dumber. By saying 'but I could quote Shakespeare in my sleep...' she implies that she would like to escape the stereotype. By listing "forgotten how to spell ... me myself and I ... trying hard to get by with simple little things" She gives a few examples of how we perceive blondes. While doing that, she doesn't use the same silly voice and facial expressions she used before. This can be interpreted as her saying, that this time it's not the same cynical parody of the 'stupid blonde stereotype', but an honest attempt to explain what she experiences.

    Depression: She has an inner monologue about finding a way out and sighs in despair.
    In the interlude she explains how she's trying to escape the stereotype through strategies the 'stupid blonde stereotype' would think of. So she's cynical again, this time not to wake up the audience, but as a way of saying that there are no other easily applicable options. The other two singers saying 'no o o' after each of the two strategies, gives the impression that this the inner monologue of a blonde who doesn't believe there's a way out. She sings 'oh oh oh' on top of their 'no o o' the second time, showing that she already knew what they would say and giving in to her frustration with herself to even have asked. This desperation is made more clear when she ends with the last lyrics before the last refrain 'so they know, everybody knows, that I'm not dumb...'

    Acceptance: During the last refrain she's whipping left and right to the rhythm, looking upwards, raising her arms again and smiles as a sign of acceptance.
    While she ends the song on the word 'blonde', she wrinkles her forehead, showing that even though she accepted her situation, she still feels pain when she's reminded of it. It also seems like she frowns only on the right side of her face. If that's really the case and not just because of the angle, it might further emphasize, that one part of her isn't bothered by the stereotype any longer, but the other one still is.

    While the video fades to black because of a nearby obstacle the camera is being moved behind, she blinks and looks into the camera for like a tenth of a second before vanishing completely out of view.

    It's a masterpiece.

    I've never heard a song that's quite like it. It reminds me a little of 'Alone Again (Naturally)'.
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