LESLIE GORE

you don’t own me – 1968

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
And don’t tell me what to do,
and don’t tell me what to say,
and please when I go out with you,
don’t put me on display,

You don’t own me ,
Don’t try to change me in any way,
You don’t own me,
Don’t tie me down cuz I’ll 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.

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.

No no, you don’t own me…you don’t own me, you don’t own me
we’re young and we love to be young, you don’t own me..

No no, you don’t own me…you don’t own me, you don’t own me
we’re young and we love to be young, you don’t own me.


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ROLLING STONE 02.2015  “The singer of Sixties hits like “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me,” passed away today at a New York City hospital following a bout with cancer. Gore was 68. “She was a wonderful human being – caring, giving, a great feminist, great woman, great human being, great humanitarian,” Gore’s partner Lois Sasson told the Associated Press.”

BIO. “Lesley Gore’s first and most popular hit, 1963’s “It’s My Party,” remains her calling card today. Her voice became the quintessential sound for youthful longing, and she recorded several other hits throughout the 1960s, including “Look of Love,” “Maybe I Know” and “You Don’t Own Me.”

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