Can't Hold Us Down

Album: Stripped (2002)
Charted: 6 12
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  • So what am I not supposed to have an opinion
    Should I keep quiet just because I'm a women
    Call me a bitch cause I speak what's on my mind
    Guess it's easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled

    When a female fires back suddenly big talker don't know how to act
    So he does what every little boy would do
    Makin' up a few false rumors or two
    That for sure is not a man for me, slanderin' names for popularity
    It's sad you only get your fame through controversy
    But now it's time for me to come and give you more to say

    This is for my girls all around the world
    Who have come across a man that don't respect your worth
    Thinkin' all women should be seen and not heard
    So what do we do girls, shout out loud
    Lettin 'em know were gonna stand our ground
    So lift your hands high and wave 'em proud
    Take a deep breath and say it loud
    Never can, never will
    Can't hold us down

    Nobody can hold us down
    Never can, never will

    So-what am I not supposed to say what I'm saying
    Are you offended with the message I'm bringin'
    Call me whatever 'cause you words don't mean a thing
    Guess you ain't even a man enough to handle what I sing
    If you look back in history it's a common double standard os society
    The guy gets all the glory the more he can score
    While the girl can do the same yet you call her a whore
    I don't understand why it's OK,
    The guy can get a way with it the girl gets named
    All my ladies come together and make a change
    And start a new beginning for us, everybody sang

    This is for my girls all around the world
    Who have come across a man that don't respect your worth
    Thinkin' all women should be seen and not heard
    So what do we do girls, shout out loud
    Lettin 'em know were gonna stand our ground
    So lift your ahnds high and wave 'em proud
    Take a deep breath and say it loud
    Never can, never will
    Can't hold us down

    Here's something I just can't understand
    If the guy have three girls then he's the man
    He can even give her some head, or sex her off
    But if a girl do the same, she's a whore
    But the tables about to turn
    I bet my fame on it
    Cats take my ideas, and put their name on it
    It's aight though, you can't hold me down
    I got to keep on moving
    To my girls to their man who be trying to mac
    Do it right back to him and let that be that
    You need to let him know that his game is whack
    And Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera got yo back

    You're just a little boy
    Think you so cute, so coy
    You must talk so big to make up for smaller things
    You're just a little boy
    All you do is annoy
    You must talk big to make up for smaller things

    This is for my girls all around the world
    Who have come across a man that don't respect your worth
    Thinkin' all women should be seen and not heard
    So what do we do girls, shout out loud
    Lettin 'em know were gonna stand our ground
    So lift your ahnds high and wave 'em proud
    Take a deep breath and say it loud
    Never can, never will
    Can't hold us down

    This is for my girls all around the world
    Who have come across a man that don't respect your worth
    Thinkin' all women should be seen and not heard
    So what do we do girls, shout out loud
    Lettin 'em know were gonna stand our ground
    So lift your ahnds high and wave 'em proud
    Take a deep breath and say it loud
    Never can, never will
    Can't hold us down

    Uh, oh oh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh
    Can't hold us down

    Yeah, we here, we back again, yeah,
    Lil Kim and Christina Aguilera

    Can't hold us down Writer/s: Christina Aguilera, Gregory Prestopino, Matthew B. Morris, Matthew Wilder, Scott Specer Storch
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Jerro from New Alexandria, PaI'm a huge fan of Christina, but I thought that most of the songs on her Stripped album were filled with too much negativity in them. When I listened to this song and heard the line "Should I keep quiet just because I'm a woman," I thought to myself, "She's not a woman, she's a girl trying to act like a woman!" Fortunately, she managed to change her image and come out with a new album (Back to Basics) that were both for the better!
  • Laura from London, EnglandAnd I have to say aswell, this is exactly WHY she does videos like in 'Dirrty'. She saying she doesnt care about the standards society wants to place on her or what people are gonna call her for doing it. Men do, So she's gonna do it anyway!!!
    I say good on ya girl!
  • Laura from London, EnglandI absolutely adore this song. Fantastic song and lyrics. Re-asserting the message that women ARE still treated like second class citizens all over the world! It just needed a 21st century treatment to it, which thankfully, Christina gave it. BRAVO!
  • Jennifer from Belfast, IrelandI think she probably should have been encouraging both men and women to take some responsibility for their sexual actions. Not saying if man can act like sluts and be praised for it (this does happen) then so should women.
  • Jason from Boise, IdAnd let's not forget that the "empowerment" of this song highly contrasts with her rolling around in mud or pudding or whatever that stuff is in her 'dirrty' video.
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