Song of the Day #1,334: ‘Just a Girl’ – No Doubt

Best 90s Artists – #7 – No Doubt

No Doubt is one of two bands on this list that feature lead singers who went on to solo fame in future decades. Gwen Stefani has enjoyed great success as both a performer and a fashion icon in the past decade. My daughters were just perusing her fashion line at Target.

But the Gwen Stefani of the 90s was a punk princess whose athletic front-woman posturing made No Doubt one of the most refreshing acts of the decade.

Tragic Kingdom, the album that featured today’s SOTD and ‘Don’t Speak,’ is bright and loud and bursting with invention. This record typified the ska sound so popular in the 90s but found room for odd detours like the disco funk of ‘You Can Do It.’

The band released two more albums, in 2000 and 2001, but Tragic Kingdom cements them as one of the signature bands of the 90s.

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
I’m exposed
And it’s no big surprise
Don’t you think I know
Exactly where I stand
This world is forcing me
To hold your hand
‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ol’ me
Well don’t let me out of your sight
Oh, I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite
So don’t let me have any rights
Oh…I’ve had it up to here!

The moment that I step outside
So many reasons
For me to run and hide
I can’t do the little things
I hold so dear
‘Cause it’s all those little things
That I fear

‘Cause I’m just a girl.
I’d rather not be
‘Cause they won’t let me drive
Late at night
Oh I’m just a girl,
Guess I’m some kind of freak
‘Cause they all sit and stare
With their eyes
Oh I’m just a girl.
Take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype
Oh…I’ve had it up to here!

Oh…am I making myself clear?

I’m just a girl
I’m just a girl in the world…
That’s all that you’ll let me be!

Oh I’m just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb
Make me worry some
Oh I’m just a girl, what’s my destiny?
What I’ve succumbed to
Is making me numb
Oh I’m just a girl. My apologies
What I’ve become is so burdensome
Oh I’m just a girl. Lucky me
Twiddle-dum there’s no comparison

Oh…I’ve had it up to!
Oh…I’ve had it up to!!
Oh…I’ve had it up to here.

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,334: ‘Just a Girl’ – No Doubt

  1. Dana says:

    Well, I have to say that, so far, you have yet to hit on a band (or song) that raises my estimation of 90’s music. All these selections do is make me long to hear the music from any other decade but the 90’s. I’m hoping that the rest of your list has at least someone I really like.

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