Not a Pretty Girl

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. 💪

In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share my original song “Anthem” with you.

A really great song to listen to when celebrating International Women’s Day is “Not a Pretty Girl” by Ani DiFranco.


I am not a pretty girl
That is not what I do
I ain’t no damsel in distress
And I don’t need to be rescued
So put me down, punk
Wouldn’t you prefer a maiden fair?
Isn’t there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere?
I am not an angry girl
But it seems like I’ve got everyone fooled
Every time I say something they find hard to hear
They chalk it up to my anger
And never to their own fear
Imagine you’re a girl
Just trying to finally come clean
Knowing full well they’d prefer you were dirty
And smiling
And I am sorry
But I am not a maiden fair
And I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere
And generally, my generation
Wouldn’t be caught dead working for the man
And generally I agree with them
Trouble is you gotta have youself
An alternate plan
And I have earned my disillusionment
I have been working all of my life
And I am a patriot
I have been fighting the good fight
And what if there are no damsels in distress
What if I knew that and I called your bluff?
Don’t you think every kitten figures out how to get down,
Whether or not you ever show up?
I am not a pretty girl
I don’t really want to be a pretty girl
No, I want to be more than a pretty girl.

Rosie the Riveter Courtesy of Wikipedia

What do you think of the song?

Last summer, I had my first show in over 2.5 years, and I was SO EXCITED to perform again! I asked my friends if they had any requests for covers. One of my friends asked that I cover “Not a Pretty Girl.”

I was not familiar with the song prior to that, and the first time I heard it, I was COMPLETELY moved.

I told my friend, “How had I not heard this song before?”

I learned the song for last summer’s show and was really looking forward to performing it for my friend, but she got COVID and was unable to attend the show.

Although she still hasn’t heard my cover of this song, I look forward to sharing it with her sometime. 😊

I feel that SO MANY people can relate to “Not a Pretty Girl”—being much more than just what people see.

I’ve got another show coming up THIS SUNDAY! 😁

Sunday, March 12, 2023
Wisconsin Brewing Company
1079 American Way
Verona, WI 53593
1pm to 4pm

I’m grateful for the opportunity to perform again! ❤️

Wishing you well! 💙