why do little girls?

Why did the little girls grow crooked
While the little boys grew tall
The boys were taught to tumble
And the girls told not to fall
The girls answered the telephones
The boys answered the calls
That’s why little girls grew crooked
While the little boys grew tall

Why did the little girls grow crippled
While the little boys grew strong
The boys allowed to come of age
The girls just come along
The girls were told sing harmonies
While the boys could all sing songs
That’s why the little girls grew crippled
While the little boys grew strong

Why did the little girls come broken
While the little boys came whole
And the little boys all were set aflame
And the girls told fan the coals
The boys were told to be themselves
The girls were told play roles
That’s why little girls came broken
While the 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
While the boys were reaching stars
That’s why little girls were frightened
To be just what they are

And still they bled for us all
As the moon rode the sky
They carried our seed
When our need ran high
And they fed all our children
In the night as they cried
Womankind wept
As mankind died

Why were the little girls left hurtin’
When all the boys were done
And then left there in the moonlight
When the boys went to meet the sun
And when the girls were open
Why had the little boys all won?
That’s why little girls were hurtin’
When all the boys were done

Why did the little girls grow crooked
While the little boys grew tall
It’s maybe ’cause the little boys
Didn’t ever have to grow up at all

– Harry Chapin

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2 responses to “why do little girls?

  1. yuxin

    eh but because they ‘learn to serve’ in the army, we are spoilt princesses, remember? :D

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