Not A Pretty Girl
Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco
Not A Pretty Girl
Ani.  For some reason, the name oozes feminism.  But it's not an I'm-better-than-you
feminism.  It's a take-back-our-lives feminism. And it's something that is sorely needed
in music today.  In a world where we are bombarded by bottle-blondes singing stuff like
"let's talk about sex, baby" she's opening the eyes of the people who need her most:
young girls who are discovering themselves.  I first saw Ani at a jam-packed Falcon Ridge
Folk Festival '99.  She was the reason it was packed.  I wasn't so sure I'd like her.
Never have I been so wrong.  It was just her and her guitar.  And a big white pole in
front of her face holding up the tent.  And she ROCKED.  So I'm now hooked for life.  And
this is my first Ani tune.  A girl e-mailed me a while ago and asked why I didn't like
any female artists.  I told her "you're wrong: I love people like Ani and Joni.  But
they're too good.  I can't figure out their stuff."  So here I am in a meagre attempt
to re-create music of the most influential songwriter of my generation: Ani DiFranco.

Notes: - the song is in 6/8 time.
       - the first beat of the second measure, for example, is played by strumming up and
	     down quickly, accenting the arpeggio.
       - chord names are NOT standard: click here!!


This is the idea for most of the song. This figure is the INTRO and also backs the VERSE:
F#m Asus2 + + + + + + + + e:-------------|-^0-v0---------|-------------|-^0-v0---------| B:-------------|-^0-v0---0-----|-------0-----|-^0-v0---0-----| G:-------2-----|-^2-v2-----2---|-2-------2---|-^2-v2-----2///| D:-4-------4---|-^4-v4-------4-|-2-----------|-^2-v2-----2///| A:-4-----------|---------------|-0-----------|---------------| E:-2-----------|---------------|-------------|---------------| D5 E5 + + + + + + + + e:-------------|-^0-v0---------|-------------|-^0-v0---0---0-| B:-0-----0-0---|-^0-v0---0-----|-0-----0-0---|-^0-v0-----0---| G:/7-----7-7---|-^7-v7-----7///|/9-----9-9---|-^9-v9---------| D:/7-----7-7---|-^7-v7-----7///|/9-----9-9---|-^9-v9---------| A:-5-----------|-----------5///|/7-----------|---------------| E:-------------|---------------|-0-----------|---------------|
This indicates the change at the end of each verse: ...kitten stuck up a tree somewhere B5 D5 + + + + + + + + e:-0--0--------|----0---0----|-------0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| B:-0---0-0-----|-0---0---0---|-------0-----|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| G:-4-----4-----|-4----4---4--|-7-----7-----|-7-7-7-7-7-7-| D:-4-----4-----|-4---------4/|/7-----7-----|-7-7-7-7-7-7-| A:-2-----2-----|-2-----2---2/|/5-----5-----|-5-5-5-5-5-5-| E:-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
play intro F#m Asus2 D5 E5 F#m Asus2 D5 E5 F#m Asus2 D5 E5 I am not a pretty girl that is not what I do F#m Asus2 D5 E5 I ain't no damsel in distress and I don't need to be rescued F#m Asus2 D5 E5 So so put me down punk wouldn't you prefer a maiden fair B5 D5 Isn't there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere I am not an angry girl but it seems like I've got everyone fooled Everytime I say something they find hard to hear they chalk it up to my anger and never to their own fear Imagine you're a girl just tryin' to finally come clean Knowing full well they'd prefer you were dirty and smiling And I am sorry but I am not a maiden fair B5 D5 And I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere
GUITAR SOLO F#m Asus2 D5 E5 F#m Asus2 D5 E5
And generally my generation wouldn't be caught dead working for their man And generally I agree with them trouble is you've gotta have yourself an alternate plan And I have earned my disillusionment I have been working all of my life And I am a patriot I have been fighting the good fight And what if there are no damsels in distress what if I knew that and I called your bluff B5 D5 Don't you think every kitten figures out how to get down whether or not you ever show up
BRIDGE F#m Asus2 D5 E5 (repeats) Ay yeah I am not a pretty girl Ay yeah I don't really wanna be a pretty girl Ay yeah I wanna be more than a pretty girl Ay yeah... (ad lib) guitar continues with vocals, then guitar ends on E5 and stops. vocals continue for several more measures, then end.

F#m 244200 (thumb on 6th string) Asus2 x02200 D5 x57700 E5 079900 B5 x24400 To learn more about chord theory, check out
Dansm's Guitar Chord Theory.

Created on 11-13-99 by Daniel E. Smith.