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Why Did Little Girls Grow Crooked

  • (Harry Chapin)

    Why did little girls grow crooked when little boys grew tall
    The boys were taught to tumble, the girls told not to fall
    The girls answered the telephones, the boys made all the calls
    That's why little girls grew crooked when little boys grew tall

    Why did little girls grow crippled when little boys grew strong
    The boys allowed to come of age, the girls told, Come along
    The girls were told, Sing harmonies, the boys were told, Sing songs
    That's why little girls grew crippled when little boys grew strong

    Why did the little girls come broken when little boys came whole
    The boys were told to be themselves, the girls were told, Play roles
    The little boys were set aflame, the girls told, Fan the coals
    That's why little girls came broken when little boys came whole

    Why were the little girls made frightened to be just what they are
    The boys were told to ask themselves, How high? How far?
    The girls were told to reach the shelves, the boys were reaching stars
    That's why little girls were made frightened to be just what they are

    Still they bled for us all as the moon rode the sky
    And they carried our seed as our need ran high
    And they fed our children in the night when they cried
    Womankind wept as mankind died

    Why did little girls grow crooked when little boys grew tall
    Maybe because the little boys didn't get to grow up at all

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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