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I Am Not My Hair Lyrics

Artist: India.Arie
Album: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

I Am Not My Hair Remix

Konvict...Konvict...
Dat dad a dat da [4x] Dad a ooh
Konvict music, uh-huh.

[Akon]
See I can kinda recall
Little ways back
Small tryin' to ball
Always been black
And my hair I tried it all
I even went flat
Had a gumdee curly top and all the crap, now
Tryin' to get appreciated
Nappy headed brothers never had no ladies
Then I Hit by the barber shop real quick
got little twist and it drove them crazy (crazayy)
And then I couldn't get no job
No corporate wouldn't hire no dreadlocks
Then I thought about my dogs on the block
Kinda understand why they chose to steal and rob
Was it the hair that got me this far? (uh-huh)
All these girls these cribs these cars (uh-huh)
Hate to say it but it seem so flaw
Cause success didn't come 'till I cut it all off (uh-huh)

[India.Arie]
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
Fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and I went all natural
February two thousand and two I
Went on and did what I had to do
Beause it was time to change my life
To become the woman that I am inside
Ninety-seven dreadlocks all gone
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 ex-pec-tations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

[India.Arie]
Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
It's 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
It's what's underneath and say
HEY....

[Chorus]

[Akon]
Who cares if you don't like that
With nothin' to lose posted with the wave cap
When the cops tryin' to harass
Cause I got waves
Aint seen nothin' like that in all my days (noo...)
Now you gotta change all feelings
people judgeing one another by their appearance
Yes, India I feel ya girl
Now ahead, talk to the rest of the world

[India.Arie][Bridge]
(oh, oh, oh)
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? nooo...
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
(Whoa, whoa, whoa)
I am expressing my creativity...

[India.Arie]
Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
Took away her crowning 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]

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