The hand I raise

today I won’t be the one you want me to
I’m no ones darling and I’m no ones friend
today I won’t be the one you want me to
I don’t own this system and I don’t own this land
today you won’t get what you want from me
I’m no ones woman and I’m no ones lust
today you won’t see what you want in me
I won’t be here for a while, leave me no trust

today I won’t hear any voice but mine
all of these made up rules, I’ll shut them out
today you won’t interfere into my life
world keep on turning, yeah, all the way ’round
today I won’t be the one you know me as
I won’t be faithful and I won’t be kind
today peace is nowhere, just inside of me
I won’t be trying to satisfy

today in my quiet grace, I’m gonna riot space
if I’m here with all my soul that’s the price I pay
this erratic system is a static chase
expecting me to go out with a smiling face
separating my rights from the curves I sway
separating my body from the hand I raise, the hand I raise, the hand I raise

why do you think that I walk on by for you?
it’s not a conversation if I answer of fear of you
it’s not my obligation to be pleasing to you
you’re hungry for power to use, power to abuse
what makes you think you got the right to invade me?
pervade me, diminish and degrade me
I’ll never let you change me, no, I’ll never let you change me

I say, the hand I raise is my body too, I say
the hand I raise is my body too