I’ve been researching singer/songwriters and songs – getting ideas for feels for originals I’ll be recording in the next few weeks. Came across ‘When I Was A Boy’ by Dar Williams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcOlkA3ghf4
In the spirit of full disclosure – I profess I wanted to be a boy until I was 12 years old. Since I never woke up with the necessary apparatus I resigned myself to the fact that I was, in fact, a girl and would remain so. Today I am glad I am one. Though I balk at the assumptions and limitations we and society as its own entity, impose on girl/womanhood and boy/manhood.
Why is it not PERSONhood?
Why is it not small/large PERSONS who love to climb trees, play hockey, Barbies, Batman, school, cops and robbers, house, fight, cry? Why are we tomboys? Why are they sissies?
Williams makes a mighty twist at the end of her song. Toward the back end of the song her lyric makes it clear she’s probably speaking to a love interest of the other gender stating her case and making an assumption of her own = to which he replies with his own verse – ‘When I Was A Girl.’
It’s an invigorating, enlightening and freeing challenge to force my thoughts to expand preset boundaries.
Grateful for awareness of my own limited thinking.