Hell, No

from World on Fire by Val Blaha

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I won't smile and be polite, I will jump and dance. I won't wear a skirt if I'd rather wear a suit with pants. I won't polish my nails, I'd rather strum my guitar. I won't stumble in high heels, my boots will take me far. I know I can't be everything to everyone; that's not why I exist. I choose to carve my own path. I choose to resist. I will take the high road when others take the low. I'm not gonna be meek and quiet – I'll yell, hell, no!

Don't say women should be silent, don't say that we are weak. Don't say we're crazy when we bleed, don't tell us to shut up and sing. Don't say we need to be thin and pretty, or we are worth less. Don't say we can't be president, 'cause I'm pretty sure we'd do it best. We know we can't be everything to everyone; that's not what we need. We choose to stand and fight. We will not concede. We won't stick around if we'd rather go. We're not gonna be meek and quiet – we'll yell, hell, no!

I don't want to be a princess existing in some prison of rules. I want to be king of my world speaking my power with truth.

I want to live my life – it's the only one that I've got. I need to be true to myself, rather than to what I'm not. I'll give my best to people who place their trust in me. I won't be a slave to some fiction, I'm gonna live free. I know I can't be everything to everyone that's not why I exist. I choose to carve my own path I choose to resist. I will take the high road when others take the low. I won't be meek and quiet – I'll yell, hell, no! Let's yell, hell, no!

credits

from World on Fire, released August 30, 2019
Acoustic guitars: Val Blaha
Drums, percussion: Jamie Hill
Resonator guitar: Dan Tyack
Backing vocals: Shannon Curtis
Gang vocals: Shannon Curtis, Val Blaha, Jamie Hill

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Val Blaha Portland, Oregon

Music has always been an important part of Val Blaha's life. She loved to sing from a very young age, and started studying piano at age 6, earning accolades and numerous awards before age 17. She has been steadily performing and songwriting for the past 12 years. Val also plays guitar, bass, and mandolin. Her newest album World on Fire will be released in late August 2019. ... more

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