"And sometimes you feel like you're nobody, but you can feel like somebody with me!"
So come on, baby, let down your guard.
When your date's in the bathroom,
I'll slip you my card!
I can tell just by looking
A subtrope of the "I Am" Song
, in which a female character establishes her character... and her character is all about living freely, especially sexually. How explicitly that sexuality is addressed mostly depends on how old the musical is.
In musicals, usually sung by the secondary female character (soubrette). She might be anything from a prostitute to a Good Bad Girl
. Not to be confused with a Villain Song
by a female villain.
- Lots of The Millionaires songs. Their remix of My Chick Bad might be the best example.
- "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner.
- "Call Me" by Blondie. The singer is a girl, and she's asking for a call. Get the picture?
- "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer, anyone?
- Pretty much any song by Beyoncé after her split from Destinys Child. Grrl Power attached to a danceable beat and long legs.
- "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay":
Ere my verses I conclude
I'd like it known and understood
Though free as air, I'm never rude
I'm not too bad and not too good!
- Tata Young's "Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy"
- The Pussycat Dolls "Don't Cha"
- "Shove" by L7 from the Tank Girl soundtrack.
- "None Of Your Business" by Salt N Pepa.
If I wanna take a guy home with me tonight, it's none of your business
And if she wanna be a freak and sell it on the weekend, it's none of your business
- A lot of Marina And The Diamonds's songs, particularly from the Concept Album Electra Heart, but Bubblegum Bitch and Homewrecker deserve special mention.
- The Lady In Red by Allie Wrubel:
*"The fellows are crazy for the lady in red
The lady in red is fresh as a daisy
When the town is in bed."
- Dolly Parton's version of "The House of the Rising Sun" is about a prostitute and the titular brothel that's "been the ruin of many a good girl".
- "Bad Girl" by Madonna, as evidenced in the lyrics:
kissing someone else's lips,
I smoked too many cigarettes a day
Not happy when I feel this way...
- "I Cain't Say No" from Oklahoma!!.
- "You Can Always Count on Me" from City of Angels.
- "The Real Love of My Life" from Brigadoon.
- "It's All the Same" and "Aldonza" from Man of La Mancha.
- "Special" from Avenue Q.
- "My Body, My Business" from The Life.
- "Out Tonight" and Maureen's half of "Take Me Or Leave Me" in Rent.
- "Bring On The Men" from Jekyll & Hyde. Also "The Girls of the Night," which is a lament sung by prostitutes about their circumstances.
- "Queenie Was A Blonde" for Queenie and "Look At Me Now" for Kate, from Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.
- In "Always True to You (In My Fashion)" from Kiss Me Kate, Lois sings that even though she's sleeping around, she's still true to Bill somehow.
- "Does Your Mother Know?" in Mamma Mia!- almost a subversion of the trope, since it's more of a "you're not going to get it from me" song even though Tanya spends the scene teasing the male characters.
- "I Want To Be Bad" from Follow Thru. The song was also sung by Helen Kane.
- "Shady Lady Bird" from Best Foot Forward.
- Variation (and/or possible subversion)- The song "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show is sung by Janet "SLUT!" Weiss who is both the main female character and a pretty innocent girl... until Frank gets to her, that is.
- "Lovely Ladies" from Les Misérables, which is literally about prostitutes.
- "Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts" from Whistle Down the Wind: "Those good girls never know what they're missing / But us bad girls almost always do." (What exactly it is they're missing ranges from peroxide hair to "some real good times.")
- "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" from Damn Yankees.
- "I Wanna Be Good 'N' Bad" from Make a Wish.
- "Please Don't Make Me Be Good" from Fifty Million Frenchmen.
- "I'll Show Him" from Plain and Fancy, in which an Amish maiden vows to do "sinful" things to get her man.
- "A Lady Must Live" from America's Sweetheart.
- "Raunchy" from 110 in the Shade. Although it is sung by the main character, who is DEFINITELY not a bad girl, she sings it while flirting with the idea of being one for a while.
- "Turn Back O Man" from Godspell is traditionally performed this way.
- "Reciprocity" from Seventeen, a Good Bad Girl's interpretation of The Golden Rule.
- "Any Kind Of Man" from Sometime. (Mae West was singing this number in 1918.)
- "The Lorelei" from Pardon My English, except in the original production, which made the ill-advised decision to change it into a more generic comic duet. No wonder it flopped.
- "Twice in Love Every Day" from The Likes Of Us.
- "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" from Grease.
- "My Picture in the Papers" from The Golden Apple, where Helen celebrates with the men about town her transformation into an "ultra-physical and slightly aphrodisical" Hard-Drinking Party Girl.
- "Hey, Big Spender" from Sweet Charity. About dancers (including those of the lap variety), not prostitutes, but certainly about the fun, laughs and good times that you can have with said dancers.
- Though it is a bit of a subversion in that none of the girls singing are happy about it - the song is traditionally performed with very deadpan, bored faces and singing styles, despite the bouncy, seductive song.
- Natalie's section of "Wish I Were Here" in Next To Normal; she's gone from a stressed student to an even more stressed club-goer who routinely steals medication from her bipolar mother.
- Depending on the version of the musical, "A Lotta Locomotion" from Starlight Express has elements of this: except for Dinah, who establishes herself as a wholesome, hardworking waitress, the coaches characterize themselves in terms of the vices they enjoy. ("A Whole Lotta Locomotion," however, is a Chorus Girls song.)
- "The Heat is on in Saigon" from Miss Saigon has a few verses sung by the prostitutes, along with the soldiers.
- "The Girl Gets Around" from Footloose.
- "Laura de Maupassant" from Hazel Flagg.
- Nonono from the Slovak musical Adam angala.