Monday, April 21, 2008

Mika Trilogy - Part 2


Some more comments about one of my favourite new artists, Mika.

This next song I’d like to comment on is “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).”

Like “Grace Kelly,” this song challenges stereotyping, specifically the popularized vision of what defines a beautiful woman. A touchy issue at the best of times, Mika treats the topic with such a light touch and with such joy that we can enjoy the challenge and sing along.

Below is a best guess at the lyrics:

“Big Girl (You Are Beautiful),” by Mika

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said, 'Hey girls you are beautiful'
Diet coke and a pizza please
Diet coke I'm on my knees
Screaming 'Big girl you are beautiful'

You take your skinny girls
Feel like I'm gonna die
'Cause a real woman
Needs a real man here's why

You take your girl
And multiply her by four
Now a whole lot of woman
Needs a whole lot more

Get yourself to the Butterfly Lounge
Find yourself a big lady
Big boy come on around
And they'll be calling you baby

No need to fantasize
Since I was in my braces
A watering hole
With the girls around
And curves in all the right places

Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful
Big girls you are beautiful

(With a lot of repetition)

Okay, they’re not the deepest of lyrics, but they work. Again pop music with pop lyrics sending an anti-pop message.

It’s all about affirmation - “real woman...curves in all the right places...Big Girls you are beautiful!”

Sing along! There’s no more beautiful sound that hearing our boys singing, “Big girls you are beautiful!!” from the back seat.

The video below pulls no punches either. Mika and some ‘real’ women celebrating who they are!

Every Blessing.

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