"legs."

"Legs" introduces you to HUMAN by humorously describing rape culture. It reveals the struggles that survivors can have with feeling safe. Released for Mardi Gras season, it celebrates my New Orleans roots and having fun! Listen for free, download the song for a dollar or more, and follow along with the lyrics below!

20% of my profit from "legs" will go towards the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). "Legs" is available to stream on Spotify and other platforms, but each stream only equals a fraction of a penny. If you cannot afford to download "legs", sharing it will also help people! Please share stopsexualassault.org/legs with everyone you think could use it!

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Creole lyrics

Louisianan Creole, which is believed to stem from French, Yoruba, and other languages, is used by Mardi Gras Indians. To learn about Mardi Gras Indians, click here.  Below are the phrases I use in "legs." and what they mean:

  1. "Mighty cooty fiyo!" is a secret rallying cry. Only Mardi Gras Indians know what it means.

  2. "Chock-o-mo fee nah nee!" means, "We mean business!"

  3. "Tu way pocky way!" and "Oom bah way!" mean "Get out of my way!"

  4. Coochie, marlee!" means "Here I am, let's go!"

Coochie was the nickname of a Seminole chief who helped African Americans escape from slavery. Because friends help each other escape from dangerous situations, I used "Coochie, marlee" as a metaphor for  bystander intervention. 

Dance
Dance with me
Don’t worry about these men lurking
We came here to party
Have a good time
Baby, move your legs and relax your mind
Just like this
Just like that
If he comes too close, we’ll bounce him back
You are not alone
Bounce it out
Let it go

I know that it’s hard, even with your bodyguards
A lot of men are ridiculous
They both amuse and appall
One bought me a drink, inching closer while flirting
He said that black girls are the scum of the earth
Then asked me what's your ethnicity
I was like

Racist, sexist idiot
I’m a black girl first and foremost
French and Spanish mixed in me
Down here we call that Creole
Indians dance in my blood
Call me Miss America
Asian ancestors above
All human beings are equal 
Girl

Dance
Dance with me
Don’t worry about these men lurking
We came here to party
Have a good time
Baby, move your legs and relax your mind
Be like
He look like he 'bout to come here and do something
He better ask me to dance and not try nothing

What did you just say
What? You still do not feel safe               
Grinding, twerking, and wobbling in your sexy, new outfit
Strut and have some fun
I wish somebody would                            
Call you out ‘cha name or make you feel ashamed
Especially another woman
I’d be like

You must not want any hair
I’ll pull it from your head
She can show her knees and thighs
It’s style not consent
And if she got drunk or high
That still wouldn’t mean yes
Oh yeah, girl, I got your back
I’m by your side so you can

Dance with me
Can you move your legs like I move my legs? Like
Dance with me
Like drop, drop, drop it, like
Bounce, bounce, bounce it, like
Dance with me
I came to drop it, drop it, drop and I ain’t gon’ stop it, stop it, stop it, so
Dance with me
Like this, like that, like this, like that, like

Dance
Dance with me
Don’t worry about these men lurking
We came here to party
Have a good time
Baby, move your legs and relax your mind
Just like this
Just like that
If he comes too close, we’ll bounce him back
You are not alone
Bounce it out
Let it go

Don’t you be afraid no more
Bounce it straight down to the floor
Don’t you be afraid no more
Bounce it out and let it go

Mighty cooty fiyo
Chock-o-mo fee nah nee
Tu way pocky way
Oom bah way, Coochie marlee