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Song Trans Media Transfem

Yoshi’s Island by Glass Beach

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Yoshi’s Island represents the transfem community by detailing a trans girl’s relationship with her mother and society. This is a transfem anthem with lyrics that can hit extremely hard, like “I won’t say she even though I know you want me to, I know that it’s hard but I swear I still love you”. It encapsulates how it feels to be trans in such an amazing and accurate way, while also having a bouncy, energetic theme that fits the vibe weirdly well.

Full song lyrics:

One, two, three, four
One, two, three, four

One, two, three, four
Five, six, seven, eight

I can’t take the pressure

Yeah, everybody thinks that you just need to grow up
I know it’s hard, it’s fucking impossible
Tryna make sense of the things that you feel now
With spiro and estro from Vanuatu
What the hell do you think that’ll do to you?
I won’t say “she” even though I know you want me to
I know that it’s hard but I swear I still love you

I can’t take the pressure
Cry on the bathroom floor when you look in the mirror
Cover your neck or they’ll cut your head off
J, you’re only cute with your heart eyes and legs crossed
Write the things you think when you’re out of your body
Run yourself out of words to say you’re hopelessly lonely
And don’t leave the city and don’t leave the covers too
I know it’s hard but I swear I still love you

I am never gonna understand
I am never gonna understand
I am everything you think about her
Behind her back, the whole truth
Does it hurt to say you love her like a son?
The world could kill her just cause she can’t fit in right

Yeah, it’ll make it so dangerous
When they leave no room to breathe in the space they carved out for us
When the get inside your head, give you white lies and black eyes
When they try to change your shape until your sense of self dies
But you make me feel like I’m out of my body
We ran out of words to say we’re hopelessly lonely
So don’t leave the city, please don’t leave the covers too
Just stay right here babe, let’s live life like lovers do

I am never gonna understand
I am never gonna understand
I am everything you think about her
Behind her back, the whole truth
Does it hurt to say you care about your son?
The world could kill her just cause she can’t fit in right

You take spiro and estro from Vanuatu
You say you won’t think about nothing but loving you
We’re sleeping harbor seals on the seaside of Malibu
Okay, I won’t think about nothing but loving you

Spiro and estro from Vanuatu
You say you won’t think about nothing but loving you
We’re sleeping harbor seals on the seaside of Malibu
Okay, I won’t think about nothing but loving you


Notes:

This is my favorite song of all time!! It hits really hard for me and it’s relatable to me because of my relationships with my mom and grandparents, and WOAH yeah some of these lyrics rock me to my core, like “I won’t say she even though I know you want me to, I know that it’s hard but I swear I still love you”, WOAHHHHHHHH BABY

-Sylvie <3

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Song Transmasc

This Is Home by Cavetown

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Description:

This Is Home is a transmasc anthem, with the lines “I’ll cut my hair, to make you stare, I’ll hide my chest”. There’s also a part that represents someone else talking about him, which is in some ways exactly what a transmasc person both would and wouldn’t want to hear (“Get a load of this trainwreck, his hair’s a mess and he doesn’t know who he is yet, but little do we know the stars welcome him with open arms”). It’s also important to note that this was recorded before Cavetown transitioned, which makes the song representative even for pre-t transmascs.

Song links:

Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube Music, Amazon

Full song lyrics:

Often I am upset
that I cannot fall in love but I guess
this avoids the stress of falling out of it

Are you tired of me yet?
I’m a little sick right now but I swear,
when I’m ready I will fly us out of here

I’ll cut my hair
to make you stare
I’ll hide my chest, and I’ll
figure out a way to get us out of here

Turn off your porcelain face
I can’t really think right now and this place
has too many colors,
enough to drive all of us insane

Are you dead?
Sometimes I think I’m dead
cause I can feel ghosts and ghouls wrapping my head
but I don’t wanna fall asleep just yet

My eyes went dark
I don’t know where
my pupils are, but I’ll
figure out a way to get us out of here

Get a load of this monster
He doesn’t know how to communicate
His mind is in a different place
Will everybody please give him a little bit of space?
Get a load of this trainwreck
His hair’s a mess and he doesn’t know who he is yet
but little do we know, the stars
welcome him with open arms

Time is
slowly
tracing his face,
but strangely he feels at home in this place

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Song Trans Media

Glass Beach & Blood Rivers by Glass Beach

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Glass Beach & Blood Rivers represents the genderqueer community through its lyrics, implied to be about two genderqueer people running away from their families due to a lack of support. The two people’s relationship is shown to be storied and affectionate, and is a beautiful representation of a queer friendship.

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Song Trans Media

Dysphoric by Cavetown

Dysphoric is about… well, gender dysphoria. Very representative of the trans community and well depicts what dysphoria feels like.

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Song Trans Media

Calico by Glass Beach

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Description:

Calico is a comforting song for any gender non-conforming people. The singer is comforting a male calico cat, who is an allegory for gender non-conforming people! Calico cats are almost always female, so he/him pronouns used to describe a calico cat gives the cat a bit of gender-nonconformity, through which transgender listeners can relate. With the lyrics “Calico, don’t go” and “you’re not gonna leave him alone” the singer comforts the listener and reminds them that there are people out there that care about them and want to protect them.

Song links:

Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube Music, Amazon

Full song lyrics:

Some stray cat came through the backyard
Must have climbed up some fences

You’ll pick him up off the ground
and you’ll hold him in your arms
and you’ll kiss him on the head
and you’ll tell him he’s a lucky boy

Pick him up off the ground
and you’ll hold him in your arms
and you’ll kiss him on the head
and you’ll tell him he’s a lucky little
(Calico, don’t go)

You’re not gonna leave him alone
You’re not gonna leave him alone
You’re not gonna leave him alone
You’re not gonna leave him alone

Categories
Song Trans Media Transfem

Bedroom Community by Glass Beach

Bedroom Community represents the transfem community in similar ways as Yoshi’s Island. The name of this song, Bedroom Community, could refer to the online community that the main character is a part of, a community of trans teens who hide away in their bedrooms online, where they feel like they can be themselves under digital personas. The song goes in depth in different ways, such as her relationship with her father, who is both unsupportive and extremely religious, going as far as believing that “Satan waits upstairs, watching over his daughter”. The daughter is going through a whole emo phase, struggling to express her femininity and writing sad songs as the only way she knows how to express her feelings.

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Full Song Lyrics:

Here it is again, a heart of excitement
In the form of a girl who hates her life
As she sits alone on the floor of her bedroom
Waiting for answers, wasting time
Here it is again, the son of a soldier
Remington shotgun, rolled up sleeves
To keep Satan out of the walls of the suburbs
His last bastion of modernity
But Satan waits upstairs, watching over his daughter
She writes emo songs, she’s so depressed
Her lyrics are naive but she still sings her heart out
The only way she knows how to confess
And as she gets up to shut the bedroom door behind her
He stands right beside her, she’s trying to get her head on straight
With box dye hair to match her black thigh highs
And scratched nail polish, she performs femininity
She laughs so hard, I watch her lose her balance
Fall over backwards to the arms of Mephistopheles
But she’ll never leave her bedroom in this bedroom community
He said you’ll never be okay, ‘kay, if you don’t come to your senses
With you everything’s the end of the world
Melancholia can spread like a virus
I’m sure you got it from that stupid girl
You’ll never be okay, if you don’t come to your senses
But I feel so defenseless, so alone
I thought he was right when he said that he loved me
He’s still thinking of me from up there
And as they stop to look at her they won’t look further
Like it’s not a murder, it’s an inevitable tragedy
The bloody hands of all the heartless fuckers
Who emotionally fucked her to monetize her suffering
Flipping through a spiral notebook for some
Sad, hopeless words to turn into a liturgy
So she’ll never leave her bedroom in this bedroom community
Da-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no
No, no, no, no-no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no-no, no, no, no
No, we’ll never leave our bedrooms
We’re a bedroom community!
Ba-da-da-da, da-da-da
Here it is again, a heart of excitement
In the form of a girl who hates her life
As she sits alone on the floor of her bedroom
Waiting for answers, wasting time

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Notes:

I love this song so much!! I think it’s tied with Yoshi’s Island as my favorite song, it represents the trans experience in ways and words that, like Yoshi’s Island, WILL legit just make me cry a bit if I’m in a vulnerable mood. Like the lyric “but I feel so defenseless, so alone”, OH boy yeah that one hurts sometimes, I love this song! I also think the lyrics connect it to Yoshi’s Island AND Glass Beach and Blood Rivers, which is very slay

-Sylvie <3

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