I'm A Girl

Album: Happy People (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written about the difficulties of being a man in the modern world. Lead singer Harry Koisser told NME he wrote it, "in a tiny converted office unit above a weird clothing factory in Hackney (London)."

    He added: "It started as a loud demo that I couldn't sing over, then it became a song about masculinity and how those things define some people I've met."
  • After the release date for Happy People was pushed back to February 9, 2015, Peace decamped to Rockfield Studios in Wales to record three new songs: this track, "Perfect Skin" and "Someday." "It was a win-win situation," drummer Dom Boyce told NME. "We either went away and had a laugh or we went away and had a laugh and made some songs. And we made a comical video (for "World Pleasure") as well."
  • Koisser told NME how he began thinking about gender stereotypes after he found himself unable to identify with modern lad culture. "Once, I was waiting for someone on Digbeth High Street, wearing a fur coat," he recalled. "Two Irish guys came up to me and were like, 'You're a queer, come here and let me kick you in your balls.' So many things you can tell me to come here for and I will, but not that."

    Koisser added: "I think 'I'm A Girl' is a bit regressive, though - I think I was thinking how I used to feel. Now I've just learnt to live with it."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

The Girl in That Song

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Carol Kaye

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."

How The Beatles Crafted Killer Choruses

How The Beatles Crafted Killer ChorusesSong Writing

The author of Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles, explains how the group crafted their choruses so effectively.

JJ Burnel of The Stranglers

JJ Burnel of The StranglersSongwriter Interviews

JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.

The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine

The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary MachineSong Writing

Fiona's highly-anticipated third album almost didn't make it. Here's how it finally came together after two years and a leak.