Just A Girl

Album: Tragic Kingdom (1995)
Charted: 3 23
Play Video
  • Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
    I'm exposed and it's no big surprise
    Don't you think I know exactly where I stand?
    This world is forcing me to hold your hand

    'Cause I'm just a girl, oh, little old me
    Well, don't let me out of your sight
    Oh, I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite
    So don't let me have any rights

    Oh, I've had it up to here

    The moment that I step outside
    So many reasons for me to run and hide
    I can't do the little things I hold so dear
    'Cause it's all those little things that I fear

    'Cause I'm just a girl, I'd rather not be
    'Cause they won't let me drive late at night
    Oh, I'm just a girl, guess I'm some kind of freak
    'Cause they all sit and stare with their eyes
    Oh, I'm just a girl, take a good look at me
    Just your typical prototype

    Oh, I've had it up to here

    Oh, am I making myself clear?

    I'm just a girl
    I'm just a girl in the world
    That's all that you'll let me be

    Oh, I'm just a girl, living in captivity
    Your rule of thumb makes me worrisome
    Oh, I'm just a girl, what's my destiny?
    What I've succumbed to is making me numb

    Oh, I'm just a girl, my apologies
    What I've become is so burdensome
    Oh, I'm just a girl, lucky me
    Twiddle-dum, there's no comparison

    Oh, I've had it up to
    Oh, I've had it up to
    Oh, I've had it up to here Writer/s: Gwen Stefani, Thomas Dumont
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 25

  • Dizzy from IlliniosUnfortunately today everything has been pushed back 20 years because of male dominant voting rights and women's rights taken away
  • Izzy from Brisbane, AustraliaI think that you really need to experience it first hand or see/hear about it enough to understand and i find that sad that we don't teach children how to respect EVERYONE from a young age. But i'm really glad that today we can talk about this in society and conveys it in songs.
  • Elisabeth from New York, NyYo, you must be male. You COMPLETELY negate the message of the lyrics if Stefani's sister was 18 or over when in the video. WOMAN, not girl.
  • Maxiell from Pompano Beach, Fl Its about being a freaking girl, and all the baggage that comes with it! She also talks about how being a girl has deprived her of living the life she dreamed to have. The song is also about rock band groups in the early 90's who were particularly male dominant, to see a girl lead a rock band was taboo back in the day. But it marked revolution for women, and change that ultimately led to women's rights and freedom of speech. Way to go Gwen! Comes to show you that women can do it all!!
  • Lilly from Chicago, IlThis song has a great message- girls can do anything, and we shouldn't let anything or anyone hold us back.

    Scott-there isn't a swear word in the song, she swore in person. When i saw them live she swore too.
  • Nicky from Southampton, EnglandGreat song.
    :)
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesKimberley - I think you'll find it was people like Emily and Sylvia Pankhurst who got women out of the kitchen. The power pendulum had already started swinging in favour of women long before Gwen Stefani was born, let alone before this song was written! In many aspects, men are now regarded as the inferior species - yet not all men prior to the 20th Century were chauvinists to begin with anyway - George Bernard Shaw and Kingsley & Martin Amis have often been described as "male feminists"!
  • Danielle from Palm Coast, Fli love this song it shows how the world is a more danger zone for woman... says the song in sarcasm. No doubt takes a stand and shows the portrait of how woman are treated. in the music video she seemed so innocent but yet full of anger, energy. only gwen could pull all those personalty types in one video proving in her success as a career woman kick ass! i love this song it is people like gwen that remind the world woman are no lower than a man.
  • Kimberley from Brisbane, AustraliaThis song is about the stereotypical view that most people had of girls until the late 90s. I'm so glad this song was released because if it wasn't, us girls would still be stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning! thank god for NO DOUBT!
  • Natalee from Falmouth, Kyi love this song, It is the song of my life. Meaning just cause I'm a girl doesn't mean i cant like guy stuff stop stereotyping me! I cant be held back just cause im a girl
  • David from Petaluma, CaShe swore because she was hearing herself on the radio for the first time.
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnThis is the best. It gets my blood pumpin' and me singing along. I felt like a rock star doing this on a karaeoke stage. Everyone was screaming and doing the wave!
  • Jennifer from Cleveland, Ohok im confused. there aren't any swear words in the song so when did she swear at virgin maga store?
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaThis isn't a knock on Phil Collins, because i respect him as a musician, but fifty years from now peter gabriel will be regarded as one of the great innovators of his time while phil will be just another pop artist.
  • Liz from Massapequa, NyIn concert, Gwen will ask all the boys in the audience to sing along with her and they repeat "I'm just a girl", and then she has the girls scream "F--k you i'm a girl", the swearing is only in concert.
  • Maud from Borgloon, BelgiumWomen have come a long way, but we're not quite there yet, you know. Girls have to be super-women now and that's not the way either..
    But, cool song..
  • Clare from Hmilton, CanadaI can't find any swearing either but I think this song is really well-written and is for sure one of their best songs
  • Kathleen from Berthierville, CanadaIts one of the best songs ever... This song rocks, the swearing is in concert. Maybe girls and women have come a long way but we still need to prove that we're able to stand up to all we've achieved, and as Mandy said, I'm pretty sure many girls can relate to it.
  • Scott Baldwin from Edmonton, CanadaWhere's the swear? I have the cd but i listen to this song over and over and i dont hear a swear.Help me out. PLEASE.
  • Hanah from Denver, CoDoes she even realize how good she has it in comparison to the last couple generations? Our generation DOESN'T need anymore girl-power! We all just need to wake up and see that we have overcome and learn to succeed without these built-in excuses for failure
  • Iris from El Paso, TxI don't care if she swears or not. No Doubt ROCKS! Awsome song. MUCHO GIRLPOWER!!!!
  • Jessy from Kettering, OhIt has to do with Gwen using the excuse "im just a girl" to get out of stuff, but also being excluded from activities because she's "just a girl."
  • Mandy from N/a, MaI can relate to this song, I'm sure that most girls can. Its about growing up, being belittled, and wanting to live
  • Kristie from Long Beach, CaShe swears in concert though.
  • Rikki from Rochester, MiIt doesn't even swear in that song!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Thomas Dolby

Thomas DolbySongwriter Interviews

He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.

Lip-Synch Rebels

Lip-Synch RebelsSong Writing

What happens when Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and Johnny Lydon are told to lip-synch? Some hilarious "performances."

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Little Big Town

Little Big TownSongwriter Interviews

"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."

Protest Songs

Protest SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know your protest songs (including the one that went to #1)?

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?