I AM NOT MY HAIR

by admin on September 28, 2007

I AM NOT MY HAIRIndia.Arie released a song titled “I Am Not My Hair” in November of 2005. How did I miss this one? I guess I don’t listen to the radio enough. This song is so fantastic, it should be the women’s hair loss anthem. While I don’t think she shaved her head for hair loss reasons, more as an expression of her creativity, the message of the song is still the same.

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

Amen to that. Listen to the song.

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Spend the .99 cents and download a copy from itunes or amazon.com, it’s well worth it. Music for the soul, more than just a good song with a good beat, it speaks to me… it has meaning “ I am not this skin I am a soul that lives within”

Here are the full lyrics ( I bolded my favorite lines)

[Talking:]
Is that India.Arie? What happened to her hair? Ha ha ha ha ha
Dat dad a dat da [4x] Dad a ooh

[Verse 1]
Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
Thirteen I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and went all natural
February two thousand and two
I went and did
What I had to do

Because it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside

Ninety-seven dread lock all gone
I looked in the mirror
For the first time and saw that HEY….

[Chorus]
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

[Talking:]
What’d she do to her hair? I don’t know it look crazy
I like it. I might do that.
Umm I wouldn’t go that far. I know .. ha ha ha ha

[Verse 2]
Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be

You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If its not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath and say HEY….

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? Oooh
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
I am expressing my creativity..
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)

[Verse 3]
Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
Took away her crown and glory
She promised God if she was to survive
She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh
On national television
Her diamond eyes are sparkling
Bald headed like a full moon shining
Singing out to the whole wide world like HEY…

[Chorus 2x]

[Ad lib]
If I wanna shave it close
Or if I wanna rock locks
That don’t take a bit away
From the soul that I got
Dat da da dat da [4x]
If I wanna where it braided
All down my back
I don’t see what wrong with that
Dat da da dat da [4x]

[Talking:]
Is that India.Arie?
Ooh look she cut her hair!
I like that, its kinda PHAT
I don’t know if I could do it.
But it looks sharp, it looks nice on her
She got a nice shaped head
She got an apple head
I know right?
It’s perfect.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Patricia summers June 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Wondering if anyone has tried rellusions and what do they think of it? So consumed with my female pattern baldness thati just cant take it anymore! The thought of wearing fake hair scares me too…im single and very active

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