I've been many things in my time: farmer, gypsy, pirate, swordswoman, jouster, heroine. Now, I'm just a girl who spends her days selling books to others and dreaming of the day when her name will be on one of those volumes.
Me, in song:
Dar Williams' When I Was A Boy
I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand I said I was a boy, I'm glad he didn't check. I learned to fly, I learned to fight, I lived a whole life in one night We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck. And I remember that night when I'm leaving a late night with some friends And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me: I need to find a nice man to walk me home. When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom, Climbed what I could climb upon And I don't know how I survived, I guess I knew the tricks that all the boys knew. And you could walk me home, but I was a boy, too.
I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike Riding topless, yeah I never cared who saw. My neighbor came outside to say, "Get your shirt." I said, "No way It's the last time I'm not breaking any law." And now I'm in a clothing store, and the signs say "Less is More." More that's tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me. That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat. When I was a boy, see that picture? That was me: grass stained shirt and dusty knees. And I know things have gotta change, They got pills to sell, they've got implants to put in, they've got implants to remove But I am not forgetting That I was a boy too.
And like the woods where I would creep, it's a secret I can keep Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard. I've had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds it's way To catching fireflies out in the backyard. And I tell the man I'm with about the other life I lived And I say now you're top gun, I have lost and you have won And he says "Oh no, oh, no, can't you see? When I was a girl, my mom and I, we always talked And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked. And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do And I have lost some kindness, But I was a girl too. And you were just like me, and I was just like you.