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Published on Apr 24, 2008
Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me, recorded in 1964 found on the album "Lesley Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts".
-Along with Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique (which was published shortly before this song's release), this song can be considered one of the many things that helped begin the Women's Liberation Movement, despite the fact that the movement did not really take off until a decade later. This song is one of the very first songs in which a woman demands her independence from her man. -This was Gore's last US Top 10 hit. Her biggest hit was "It's My Party." -Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler sang this together in the 1996 film The First Wives Club. -This was written by John Madara and Dave White Tricker. Madara wrote some movie scores, and Tricker was a former member of Danny And The Juniors. -Quincy Jones produced this.
LYRICS: You don't own me, I'm not just one of your many toys You don't own me, don't say I can't go with other boys
Don't tell me what to do Don't tell me what to say Please, when I go out with you Don't put me on display, 'Cause You don't own me, don't try to change me in any way You don't own me, don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay
I don't tell you what to say I don't tell you what to do So just let me be myself That's all I ask of you I'm young and I love to be young I'm free and I love to be free To live my life the way I want To say and do whatever I please
A-a-a-nd don't tell me what to do Oh-h-h-h don't tell me what to say And please, when I go out with you Don't you dare put me on display
Hey, I don't tell you what to say I don't tell you what to do So just let me be myself That is all that I ask of you
I am young and I love to be young I'm free and I love to be free To live my life the way I want To say and do whatever...