Remember

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"Remember" is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists, gavinturek. Her indie disco pop often pairs upbeat and catchy music with lyrics of love and heartbreak. This particular track reminds me of “Losing You” by Solange, but Gavin always retains her unique sound.

The song opens with a pounding beat and repeated little synth jingle. The gender-neutral lyrics detail an infatuation with someone who clearly does not reciprocate the intense feeling. In fact, it seems the infatuation is closer to feverish admiration from afar.

It’s a very self-aware and self-respecting infatuation, though. Gavin asks, “Why would I sacrifice all my ego and pride for your pleasure?” There is a very determined confidence in the chorus, and the singer closes the song with the following vow: “I’m not letting you go / I got something to show.”

I honestly just love love LOVE Gavin and I’m thrilled that several of her songs have gender-neutral lyrics.

The way that you look makes me feel like I’m a beggar
Walk so smooth with your hands
Never ask me to dance
Will you ever?

It’s been a while since I’ve seen you
Can’t remember my name
You still playing that game
Such a pity (it’s a pity)
I can’t take it 

Every time you come around
Hoping you won’t let me down, baby
Imma get you to remember
Can’t you see what I could do?
I can do it all for you, baby
Imma get you to remember

Maybe I’ve lost some perspective
Why would I sacrifice all my ego and pride for your pleasure?
Could this be more than a feeling?
Call me over and I fall right into your side
It’s electric (so electric)
I can’t take it

I’m not letting you go,
I got something to show

https://soundcloud.com/gavinturek/remember-1

dirtybrian:

roryintheink:

i want songs about nonbinary people.

i want songs about loving them, that person, that one, and other pronouns. not she, he, her, or him.

i want songs about enbys and being enby, like those songs that are about just being a guy or girl power.

i want songs about people like me.

this is important

and so is this

i don’t know any songs with they pronouns though ugh. but there is genderneutralamour collecting lots of songs with you pronouns instead of he/she.

hmm who can we petition to start producing songs like that? We need em :)

Darte un Beso

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Its a very popular bachata song. Despite the fact the singer himself and the music video are clearly heterosexual - the lyrics themselves are actually gender-neutral and can be easily sang by anybody and the love interest in question could be of any gender or no gender at all!
Hope you like it. Enjoy! :)

Gracias! Sí, esta canción de Prince Royce es suavecita y me hace pensar al verano—it’s a breezy bachata track, perfect for the summer. La letra nos cuenta de un lindo amor.

Amarte como te amo es complicado
Pensar como te pienso es un pecado
Mirar como te miro está prohibido
Tocarte como quiero es un delito

Ya no sé qué hacer
Para que estés bien
Si apagar el sol
para encender tu amanecer

Falar en portugués
Aprender a hablar francés
O bajar la luna hasta tus pies

Yo sĂłlo quiero darte un beso
Y regalarte mis mañanas
Cantar para calmar tus miedos
Quiero que no te falte nada

Yo sĂłlo quiero darte un beso
Llenarte con mi amor el alma
Llevarte a conocer el cielo
Quiero que no te falte nada

Yeah

Si el mundo fuera mĂ­o te lo darĂ­a
Hasta mi religiĂłn la cambiarĂ­a
Por ti hay tantas cosas que yo harĂ­a
Pero tĂş no me das ni las noticia


http://youtu.be/laRdQGT3bT0

Land of the Miracle

I am not a power metal fan at all, so I thought I would have to listen to this song trying to imagine what it would sound like to a metal fan. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to be JAMMIN to this song, no pretending necessary.

It turns out this song, off Edguy’s Theater of Salvation album, opens as a piano ballad that glides into soaring rock love-song territory. This track had me begging to know how I can get to the land of the miracle! The guitar break in the middle is as blissful as the lyrics. I wanna be in love like this.

I got extra into this song after that guitar break when Tobias Sammet sings the chorus again but with a mesmerizing chant layered under it. And then, a closing hook emerges that is straight up choral, y’all. I am too into this song.

Like a few other songs, I also appreciate this song because it leaves the “love” in question generally ambiguous, so the listener can apply it to a myriad of contexts, including non-romantic love!

Thank you Marmalade Shaws for this submission!!

Blinded by the fire and the sorrow of the day,
I come knocking at your door
to dry the tears away.
The eventide is calling me to take a look into your eyes.
Pull me on and make me mesmerized
Riding on the wings of light,
dreaming dreams and holding tight;
leaving all my sorrow far behind.
Your eyes are the gate

to the land of the miracle where our love can make us fly, make us fly.
In the land of the miracle
we can find a reason why and how we can fly.

Open up the book of madness,
read the page of life!
Who’s the one to tell you what to do
and how to rise?
And if the stars would fall one day
I`d climb up to the sky
to put them back for you to save your smile.

(Take a look into the book of fantasy and poetry and you will see:
What you can feel is everything you need to heal your crying mind,
the soul behind and everything that you may find inside your head)

(A million years have passed away to make us head for the decay and to unlearn just
what we yearn for all day long: right to be strong and stick to our ideals,
are they for real and do we just have lost the thread?)

I believe in miracles they happen every day.
In your arms a dream comes true for me

http://youtu.be/vL6HmY8EbtA

Parentheses

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"Parentheses" by The Blow is a very cute and gender neutral song about cuddling.

Some philosophies fuel the belief in the self
Constructed to keep one’s goods on one’s own shelf
Built well, you’re a strong letter “I”
With your feet on the ground and your head to the sky
Now and then you can bend
It’s okay to lean over, lean over my way
You fear that you can’t do it all
And you’re right
Even day takes relief every day
from its work making light from the night

And when you’re holding me
We make a pair of parentheses
There’s plenty space to encase
Whatever weird way my mind goes
I know I’ll be safe in these arms

If something in the deli aisle makes you cry
Of course I’ll put my arm around you
And I’ll walk you outside
Through the sliding doors
Why would I mind?

You’re not a baby if you feel the world
All of the babies they can feel the world
That’s why they cry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt8jq_YSyxk
Thank you beammethefuckupscotty! <3

uselesslouis said: I'm not sure how to submit audio, but Nerdfighterlike by Lauren Fairweather is gender neutral (as far as I can remember), and also sort of non-sexual in nature (there is one line that's like 'I just wanna touch and hug you/and something else", but for her it is likely that "something else" is, like, a LoTR marathon). So...if you wanna check it out!

¡Muchas gracias!

Edit: I found a link. http://youtu.be/6YonOpkx6K8

Stay

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Rihanna’s new album is cute. I am so very impressed and delighted by her latest effort. Among the irresistible set of outspoken hip hop tracks and future lap-dance songs is a beautiful, delicate dagger that stabs me in the heart every time I hear it. I’m serious. In short, the song is about the pain of wanting so badly for someone you love to stay instead of go.

Every time “Stay” (which features Mykki Ekko) comes on, I need to lay down and think about all the past letdowns in love throughout my entire life. I once listened to this song for an hour, and at another time I staged a tearful goodbye with this song in the background. It’s on that level.

I didn’t even realize that the lyrics are gender-neutral, which I think contributes to the magical power the lyrics, melancholic piano, and vocal delivery have over my body and soul, and allows the song the potential to touch so many people beyond one gender or sexual orientation. Especially after the third time listening to the song on repeat, try not to lose it all when Rihanna pouts, “Funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving.” Yeah, after that line, I am broken, every time.

*Just noticed that in the first verse, Rihanna says ‘he,’ but I think this is easily replaced with any gender pronoun!

All along it was a fever.
A cold sweat hot-headed believer,
I threw my hands in the air and said show me something
He said, if you dare come a little closer

Round and around and around and around we go
Oh now tell me now tell me now tell me now you know

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you
And it takes me all the way
I want you to stay

It’s not much of a life you’re living
It’s not just something you take; it’s given

The reason I hold on
‘Cause I need this hole gone
Funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving
‘Cause when you never see the light it’s hard to know which one of us is caving

http://youtu.be/C-dW7z0QBNg

Heartbeats

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This song was introduced to me as the one that “all the hipsters love.” That much is apparent upon hearing Swedish duo The Knife’s trancy electronic riffs and Björk-esque vocalizations. (By the way, the song is from 2003—last decade is sooo cool.) The beat also slays. It is not a four-on-the-floor club banger, but that beat still gives much life. It stays infectious.

Better yet, the lyrics are gender-neutral! The song reflects on one night of much emotion and energy. The words do not provide a clear narrative to follow, but rather leave it up to the listener to interpret—all while keeping it accessible to lovers of all genders. One of the most haunting lines suggests a bit of what the writer is talking about: “We had a promise made/We were in love.” Past tense.

One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away
Both under influence
We had divine sense
To know what to say
Mind is a razorblade

To call for hands of above to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me, no

One night of magic rush
The start - a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief
Ten days of perfect tunes
The colors red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

And you, you knew the hand of a devil
And you kept us awake with wolves teeth
Sharing different heartbeats in one night

Compartir

Carla Morrison - "Compartir"

Esta canciĂłn me la enseñó mi buena amiga. Sorprendentemente, al principio no me enloqueciĂł la canciĂłn, pero despuĂ©s de escucharla más veces, ya me quedĂ© adicta. La voz de Carla Morrison es facinante e imprescindible. Es como la serie de cucharadas de azucar que se echarĂ­a a un cafecito con leche eternamente dulce. Ah, sĂ­ es cierto—¡se me olvidĂł que querĂ­a comentar sobre la letra! La letra sirve como una carta de amor extremamente sincera, honesta, y romántica. La letra, escrita de gĂ©nero neutro, nos da la oportunidad de imaginar (o recordar) un amor tan profundo y abrumador. Un amor que existe casi en otro mundo, sin gĂ©nero, sin distancias, y sin limites.

Quiero compartir mi silla contigo,
Quiero ver salir el sol y desperdirlo,
Quiero caminar y correr a tu ladito,
Quiero buscar y encontrarme a solas contigo

Quiero dormir y soñar, caricias contigo,
Quiero reir y llorar, con tus ojitos,
Quiero compartir mis secretos y mis suspiros,
Quiero aprender a entender al mundo contigo

Pero hay una cosa que te debo decir,
No es nada fácil estar tan lejos de tí!

Porque me haces enloquecer
TĂş me enchinas la piel
Cada parte de tu ser
Es alimento a mi bien

Vuelvo a respirar
Y comienzo a temblar
Cada paso que das
Afirmas mi amar

Busco dormirme en tus ojos y en tus sentidos,
Busco derramar mi querer por tus oĂ­dos,
Busco rendir mi ser y volar contigo,
Quisiera compartir toda mi vida contigo

http://youtu.be/xdfik2FRhck

Me Gustas Tanto

Paulina Rubio - "Me Gustas Tanto (Vein Electro-Hop Remix)"

Pues orale, esta rola está buenĂ­sima. Paulina Rubio verdaderamente nos entrega un encantito. Cuando me di cuenta que la letra de la canciĂłn es de gĂ©nero neutro— ¡uff! No lo pude creer. Al escuchar esta cancĂ­on, uno vive las emociones del enamoramiento (¡mas los nervios de querer expresar esas emociones!), y no importa de que gĂ©nero es el objeto de su fijaciĂłn emocional. Además, el remix “Vein Electro-Hop” provee una receta para se arranque la parranda. Chale, ¡¡cĂłmo me encanta esta canciĂłn!! Les aseguro que yo podrĂ­a estar cantando la letra como si la canciĂłn misma fuera mi amante (juar juar juar).

Me gustas tanto, mi amor
Me gustas tanto

Me gustas tanto que sĂłlo pienso en ti
Te veo pasando y no se qué decir
Me encantarĂ­a que sepas lo que siento por ti
Que no darĂ­a porque fueras sĂłlo para mĂ­

Aún no sé qué fue lo que me hechizó de ti
Nunca pensé que cupido me iba a flechar así
Una sola vez estuviste frente a mi
Y me enamoré en el momento en que te vi

Es lo que siento yo cuando estoy cerca de ti
Es algo quĂ­mico que se apodera de mĂ­
¿Será tu físico que me hipnotizó?
Es irĂłnico que no pueda decirte que me gustas tanto

Me gustas tanto; quiero ser para ti
Te veo bailando; te quiero frente a mĂ­
Me encantarĂ­a que sepas lo que siento por ti
Yo soñaría que tus besos fueran para mí

Ya lo sé te gusto yo y también tú a mí
Igual que sé que tú estarás loquito por mí
Una y otra vez sigo pensando en ti
Es volverte a ver lo que anhelo yo sin fin

No sé cómo decirte que me encantas, que me enamoras
Como chocolate me derrites, pero ya llegĂł la hora
De que te pegues a mĂ­ y terminemos bailando, sudando
No lo he podido decir, pero lo estoy intentando—no sĂ© lo que me está pasando

*(Me di cuenta que “loquito” indica gĂ©nero masculino, pero no me importa tanto; es muy facil de cambiar, y el tema de la canciĂłn sigue sumamente accesible a gente de todos gĂ©neros)

http://youtu.be/y-OIpeYgjKU

Ahora en español

I came across a few songs that are in Spanish and are gender-neutral!!!!!! This is exciting, because it is even rarer for songs to be gender-neutral if they’re in romance languages. If you can’t understand the lyrics, feel free to Google Translate them, but enjoy the songs! Ugh love them so much.

¡¡¡¡¡¡Me encontré unas canciones que son de género neutro!!!!!! Esto es super emocionante porque es raro encontrar canciones que son de género neutro si son en lenguas románicas. Me encantan tanto.

lord-kitschener:

erosum:

Melissa Harris-Perry describes herself as “cis” (via “MSNBC Talks To And About Trans People For An Hour, Doesn’t F*ck It Up” on autostraddle)

I may or may not have built a shrine to this woman. 

Beautiful!! Discussing cisgender identities on national televison?? Has this happened before?

(Source: pipeschapman, via quinncassidyblog)

An even bigger issue is that if people think social justice is about niceness, it means they have fundamentally misunderstood privilege. Privilege does not mean you live in a world where people are nice to you and never insult you. It means you live in a world in which you, and people like you, are given systematic advantages over other people. Being marginalised does not mean people are always nasty to you, it means you live in a world in which many aspects of the cultural, social and economic systems are stacked against people like you. Some very privileged people have had awful experiences in life, but it does not erase their privilege.

The Revolution Will Not Be Polite (via hiphopcheerleader)

Reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad this aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarticle!

(via mrmistofales)

brb gonna go revel in the accuracy and fucking relevance to just everything rn

(via deliciouskaek)

(Source: afrafemme, via brujitaxicanita)

I Miss You

Beyoncé - "I Miss You"

A goal of mine is to limit how much my love for the Queen is apparent on this blog, but I couldn’t resist once I realized this R&B pearl has gender-neutral lyrics! This song from B takes me straight to my feelings any time it is on. It is a good thing it isn’t too popular, because I would be an emotional wreck in public too often. However, I do wish more people knew about the song, because it is truly beautiful.

The heart of its beauty is the crushing feeling that most (if not all) people have felt. It’s the feeling of “missing you insane.” The lyrics+music speak for themselves, but I’d like to highlight a shout out BeyoncĂ© seems to give in acknowledgment of the universality of the song. The song closes as the Queen delivers the heart-wrenching ever-applicable “No matter who you love/It is so simple: a feeling/But it’s everything.” It does not matter what type of relationship you had, or what the participants’ gender identities were; I think everyone can identify the feeling of missing someone.


I thought that things like this get better with time
But I still need you; why is that?
You’re the only image in my mind
So I still see you around

I miss you like everyday
Wanna be with you, but you’re away
I said I miss you, missing you insane
But if I got with you, could it feel the same?

The words don’t ever seem to come out right
But I still mean them; why is that?
It hurts my pride to tell you how I feel
But I still need to; why is that?

It don’t matter who you are
It is so simple: a feeling
But it’s everything
No matter who you love
It is so simple: a feeling
But it’s everything

http://youtu.be/GXGeTHGkQ_U

Climax

Usher - "Climax"I immediately tagged the first single from Usher’s latest as a must-add to this blog. Since that moment months ago, this song has been stuck on repeat several times.

"Climax" could trick its way onto a sexy-time playlist, but as soon as you pay attention to any single lyric, you experience a moment something like this: "Oh shit, this is intense." This song is intense. We get the singer’s side of an ever-painful conversation. What we hear in this song is the feeling looking down the mountain after climbing successfully to the top. (But we all know the climb to the top can’t have been perfect). No matter what relationship you’re in, and no matter what the gender identities of the people involved in it, this song takes you on a ride. Seriously, when I listen, I just let the music swiftly enter me, before leaving me just as quickly and hauntingly.


Going nowhere fast. We’ve reached the climax.
Were together now we’re undone.
Won’t commit so we choose to run away.
Do we separate?
Don’t wanna give in so we both gave up.
Can’t take it back. It’s too late.
We’ve reached the climax.

I’ve fallen somehow, feet off the ground
Love is the cloud that keeps raining down.
Where are you now? When I need you around
I’m on my knees but it seems we’re…

I gave my best, it wasn’t enough
You get upset, we argue too much
We made a mess of what used to be love.
So why do I care at all.

You say it’s better if we love each other separately.
I just need you one more time
I can’t get what we had off my mind,
Where are you now? When I need you around
I’m on my knees but it seems we’re…

http://youtu.be/xIW4kZfvhY0