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  1. I'VE GOT A NAME

From the recording Bare Essence

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Using words such as bitch or nigger are not signs, nor terms of endearment. They are signs of ignorance and a complete disconnect from the history, pain, and degradation the words represent. Using them is not liberating. One cannot reclaim what they never owned.

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CAN'T RECLAIM WHAT WAS NEVER MINE
CAN'T RECLAIM WHAT WAS NEVER MINE
NEVER MINE, NEVER MINE
CAN'T RENAME WHAT WAS NEVER MINE 
CAN'T RENAME WHAT WAS NEVER MINE
NEVER MINE, NEVER MINE
I’VE GOT A NAME
I’VE GOT A NAME
I’VE GOT A NAME
AND YOU’D BETTER LEARN IT
WHY? CAUSE I’VE EARNED IT
 
THEY WANNA TAKE ME OUT MY GAME
AWAY FROM MY FAME
AWAY FROM WHAT MADE ME
THEY WANNA TAKE ME,
RAPE ME, MAKE ME FAKE ME
MAKE ME LESS THAN I AM
 
HOOK
 
THEY SEXUALIZE, DEHUMANIZE
OBJECTIFY OUR DAUGHTERS
RELEGATING THEM TO SECOND CLASS
MARGINALIZED AND SCRUTINIZED
THEY GET MISUSE AND ABUSE
AND LEFT FOR ANOTHER
 
HOOK
 
EDUCATE A WOMAN
AND YOU EDUCATE A NATION
DESTROY A WOMAN
AND YOU CREATE
A DOMINO OF DEVASTATION
EDUCATE A WOMAN, EDUCATE A WOMAN
 
HOOK
 
I’M A MAMMAL, I AM NOT AN ANIMAL
AND IN CASE NOBODY TOLD YOU
I AM NOT MY GENITALIA
MY VALUE IS NOT BETWEEN MY LEGS
IT’S BETWEEN MY EARS
MY NAME IS WOMAN, MY NAME IS MOTHER,
I AM DAUGHTER, I AM SISTER
I AM THE GODDESS, AND THE GODDESS SHE IS ME
WHAT’S MY NAME,
WHAT’S MY NAME, CUZ I AM WOMAN
I AM WOMAN
WHAT’S MY NAME