The Price of Beauty

W.O.M.A.N is set for official release on July 28th. 

The Price is one of the most important songs on this album to me. For those of you who haven't noticed, I'm a girl. I am also raising two daughters who are beautiful and strong and spirited, and yet still struggle with the way society views them because they are girls.

Look, we have come a long way, baby. There's no longer any (overt) question over equal rights and equal pay. Women are athletes and doctors and mothers and scientists. We don't care anymore about trivial things like how to win a man, or how to get the most kissable lips, or how to contour our face with makeup so we look thin and young...

Baloney.

Take a look at any women's (or even worse) teen magazine and you'll see a litany of how to fix whatever is wrong with you. Oh there are articles about amazing, accomplished and brave role model women, to be sure. But the subversive message is STILL, you are not pretty enough. You are not thin enough. YOU are NOT enough.

Amy Schumer is one of the hottest comedians around right now. I love her. She's beautiful and brilliantly funny and REAL and we all want to hang out with her because she's so awesome. Except that in every interview I've seen lately, the core of her humor is about self deprecation . She certainly owns her self and her size, but she also mocks it. And we laugh with her because we recognize ourselves and our insecurities and she's not afraid to talk about her thick arms or the way she shoves popcorn in her mouth by the handful. 

I recognize, in her, a 10 year old me, who was constantly being called the "Goodrich Blimp" by boys in my 5th grade class.  I learned to poke fun at myself and my size before those boys could do it, and in the end, they thought I was cool because I was funny and didn't get "hurt" by their ribbing.

But at what price to myself?

What price do we all pay for believing we are less than perfect? What is the cost of constantly trying to fit in? To look the way society wants us to look? To act the way we are conditioned to believe we should?

That's what The Price is all about. Be Who You Want To Be. YOU ARE ENOUGH, just as you are. 

The Price                        
music and lyrics by Cory Goodrich

Keep a perfect house, make a perfect life,
Be a perfect girl, be a perfect wife.
Hold it in don't let them see you cry.
Whiten up your smile, straighten out your hair,
cover up the scars, so you don't see them there.
With every breath you die inside.
The price you pay for beauty is too high a price to pay, 
if piece by piece you give yourself away.

You don't have to do it all, you don't have to hide away,
You don't have to please the world, do what people say.
Only have to change one thing to change the world:
Change the way you see yourself.

Change the way you walk, try and lose some weight
Change the way you talk, try to assimilate
But still you feel that shame inside.
The price you pay to fit in always takes too high a toll
If piece by piece it strips away your soul.

You don't have to do it all, you don't have to hide away,
You don't have to please the world, do what people say.
You don't have to change one thing to change the world
You're already Supergirl.
You don't have to hide your heart, you don't have to hold it in
You don't have to put it out, you don't have to keep your chin up
and pay the price, and I know it's tough
But you are enough.

You don't have to prove yourself. Always be true to yourself.
You are enough just the way you are.