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Girls
The Family Jewels album artwork
Artist MARINA
Album The Family Jewels
Type Free Download (both Girls demos) Album only (Girls)
Released February 15, 2010
Recorded 2008 (Girls, Girls, Girls)

2009 (Girls demo, final)

Length 3:28
Label 679, Atlantic
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Writer(s) Marina Diamandis, Liam Howe, Pascal Gabriel
Producer(s) Pascal Gabriel, Liam Howe
The Family Jewels track listing
"Girls" is track number 4.
Previous track
"I Am Not A Robot"
Next track
"Mowgli's Road"

"Girls" (also registered as "Girls!!!") is a song by MARINA on her first studio album, The Family Jewels. The song centers around the negative beliefs and habits forced on—and acted out by—women in society.

Background and meaning

On June 23, 2008, Diamandis wrote a MySpace blog entitled:

"Blog on girls, fat & how i’m a 'mysogynist'"[1]

oh hi myspacers!

I co-wrote a track last week called 'Girls' with pascal gabriel & liam howe. i hope you all liked/ loved/ made sexy-time to it!!! the lyrics came out rather quickly in the writing process, but the idea and sentiment behind the song have been brewing for a v long time.

So i thought i'd share the fact that i'm really sick, tired, depressed, uninspired by women. and i have been for a good old time. There seems to be a massive shortage of strong, inspiring females in mainstream society today who have something good to say. What's happened to you all? Every interview/ photo i see just says nothing to me. vacant. airbrushed. empty. people. getting. paid. to talk. about fuck all. It's great that eva longoria looks hot in a bikini, but if the sun dies and the world plummets into darkness and ice, will anyone fucking care?


So the main theme for song was about women and diets really and generally how we seem to have morphed into mute scary dolls. Falling hook, line and sinker for every lie that we are fed by magazines/ etc. Ofcourse this is all old news to everybody. But you have to think why is this still going on?. Why isn't anyone smart enough to say 'Fuck off'? what would you feel if this were your daughter? sister? girlfriend? aspiring to be some footballers wife..
I

confidence is the most attractive quality ever and i just wonder what women would be capable of if we stopped obsessing about looks.

What's even worse is men actually getting sucked into to it too. Seriously guys- you talking about diets = me FALLING ASLEEP. I'd much rather deal with a beer gut than a low self esteem every night.

On that note, i bid you farewell

Niiiight, don't let the cupcakes bite.

Mar x

Marina has later spoken about this song in an interview, saying, "It's a call for women to stop being ...enemies. These days you're either a nun or a whore, to be one or neither, all or none. I want to help redefine women's place in society."[2]

In 2011, Diamandis admitted that the song could be viewed as misogynistic, revealing that the song makes her cringe. After being accused of "unsisterly bitchiness" for making the song, she stated that "that obviously isn’t how I meant it," describing that it was as much about battling with record labels over image.[3]

The Full Stem Pack of the Original Mix leaked on early 2018.

Official versions

Girls was first available as a free download on her MySpace as "Girls, Girls, Girls",[4][5][6] around the time her blog post went up in June 2008. In a blogpost entitled "BEND OVER AND CURTSY"[7] on the 18th of May 2009 Marina uploaded a 100 download link as "Girls", then a few days later it was available for full streaming on MySpace on the 22nd of May 2009,[8] and released with a different mix on the album.

  • Album version — 3:28
  • Girls Girls Girls* — 3:34
  • Girls (original mix)** — 3:32

*"Calm Down version"

**"Greek" version / "Fast Car" version

Lyrics

Album version

  Verse 1.  
Look like a girl but I think like a guy

Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yoghurts, I'll stick to my apple pie

  Pre-chorus.  


Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
"Na na na na na"

  Verse 2.  


Girls, oh girls, wag your tails to the beat
Of Girls Aloud, oh the journos in heat
Write such good stories, oh their mothers must be proud
Making money off your insecurity and doubt

  Pre-chorus.  


Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
"Na na na na na"
All they say is "na, na, na"
"Na na na na na" (I feel)

  Middle eight.  


I feel I've been riding in a fast car
Burning dirty gas won't get you that far
I feel I've been riding up the wrong path
But I'm gonna make sure I get the last laugh

  Chorus.  


Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities?
All you say is "blah, blah"
Girls, they never befriend me
'Cause I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat!
All they say is "na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)
"Na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)

  Outro.  


All they say is "na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)
"Na na na na na"
(Wag your tails, wag your tails to the beat)

"Calm Down" demo

Look like a girl but I think like a guy
Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yogurts
I'll stick to my apple pie

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
I love your Botox bitch, I'll curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, oh girls, wag your tails to the beat
Of Girls Aloud, oh the journos in heat
Write such good stories
Oh their mothers must be proud
Making money of your insecurity and doubt

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
I love your Botox bitch, I'll curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Calm down, I'm not gonna steal your boyfriend
No need to brand him in between the eyes
Calm down, I'm not gonna steal your boyfriend
So quit burning holes in me with your eyes

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

"Fast car" demo

Look like a girl but I think like a guy
Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you've got a filthy mind
You stick to your yogurts
I'll stick to my apple pie

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsy for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, oh girls, buying cheap magazines
Cut out the face and you cut out the dream
Coz this was all you ever wanted to be
Give in and you go to fuel a new security

Girls are not meant to fight dirty
Never look a day past thirty
Not gonna bend over and curtsey for you

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never hear from me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)

I feel I've been riding in a fast car
Burning dirty gas won't get you that far
I feel I've been riding up the wrong path
But I'm gonna make sure I get the last laugh

Is there any possibility
You'll quit gossiping about me
To hide your insecurities
All you say is "blah, blah"

Girls they never befriend me
Because I fall asleep when they speak
Of all the calories they eat
All they say is "na na na na na" (na na na na na)
All they say is "na na na" (na na na na na)

Girls, wag your tails to the beat (na na na na na)

References

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