Head underwater Keeps getting harder Give 'em your medicine Fame injection
Tell him to jump higher Tell him to run farther Make him measure up Decades longer than you
Piece it together It's like weather Watch him travel Kiss the gravel
Tell him to jump higher Tell him to run farther Make him measure up Ten times longer than you ever should You never could explain them to me Explain them to me
Writer/s: LIZ PHAIR
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThis song always makes me think, Liz is the queen of indie rock.
Nicole from Woonsocket, RiI took a completely different interpretation of this song. I interpreted it as a critique of how fathers raise their sons with high standards pushing them to ?measure up? by being successful in sports and/or academics, and basically to become something great ? perhaps to accomplish things the father never got around to accomplishing. Girls, on the other hand, are less often encouraged to be competitive and successful achievers. Expectations for them tend to be lower. See the last few lines of this song:
Tell him to jump higher Tell him to run farther Make him measure up Ten times longer than you Ever should, you never could Explain them to me, explain them to me
I interpret that as saying young girls are not given the same encouragement as boys are to get out there and be something. This uprbringing shapes girls? views of their worth and their roles in life. I think the theme transitions perfectly into the following song, ?Canary.? In this song, the first verse illustrates the upbringing of a young girl:
I learn my name I write with a number two pencil I work up to my potential I earn my name I come when called I jump when you circle the cherry I sing like a good canary I come when called I come, that's all
And this upbringing transcends into adulthood in which she plays a similarly passive role in her marriage:
I clean the house I put all your books in an order I make up a colorful border
Jessie Ann from Purchase, Nysuch a good song. perfect for the movie.