Girl in Rags

Story Behind The Song

The central message of "Girl in Rags" is the story of the suppression and oppression of women, their ongoing struggle for right to education and equal pay and freedom of expression, and their liberation.

Song Description

Gender discrimination has persisted over centuries fostering unfair and unjust practices from dowry to deadly sati. Social stigma based on color, caste, creed, marital status, etc., have wounded the morale and psyche of women around the world. Even in this information age, education and liberation of girls are taboo in some societies and domestic violence continues to rise. Recent mass kidnappings and gruesome crimes against females render distant onlookers helpless. Liberation movements appear minuscule in the face of such gigantic evil. But fight we must for salvation. Girl in Rags you're not alone!

Song Length 4:13 Genre Rock - Progressive Rock, Rock - Easy Listening
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Composed, Relaxed Subject Feminism, Freedom
Language English Era 1980 - 1989



Walking across the cobble stones,
Green and gold splayed all around,
A dream came true right in front of me

When I touched and when I saw
All that gold so brown, so dry
Falling like pieces of a nightmare

There I saw a girl, so dark
Sensuous woman, beautiful
A depth beyond, a strength so vast
Like endless waves upon a shore
Girl in rags you're not alone

Answers scattered all around
Like shells upon a sandy shore
A world to win
Break those chains and fly

We'll change the colors brown to green
Red flowing through all the streams
Clouds depart
The black bird sings

Fight you must for salvation
Stop their fun, their restriction
We will win, we will fly
Open out your mind
Girl in rags you're not alone

A haunting vocal melodyballad and solidly played acoustic guitar, make this a very entertaining piece that I could hear being performed in a staged musical production.

Lyrics Vishy Ramachandran Music Shrikanth Baratan
Producer Shrikanth Baratan & Greg Giacona Publisher Ahimsa Creations

Girl In Rags

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