Breast Cancer Pink
Kate Reid and Chelsey – Oct. 2014

I think IÕve got everything under control, itÕs going to be fine, itÕs going to be fine
IÕm just trying to find a way to hide this new body of mine
IÕve got me some of those loose-fitting, with-the-sleeves-rolled-up-
Hipster-boyfriend-button-down shirts to pull around my chest
Shirts that make me look like I wouldnÕt

If you saw me undressed

But thereÕs one more problem, I want to feel normal again, I want to look normal again
I want to look like what people expect normal should look like
Whatever normal should look like, what does that look like?
I need to fill in this space the surgery left behind
Something to cover up this scar zigzagging across my ribcage and my mind


Chorus:
Cuz they took my left tit away
Like they didnÕt eve give a shit
And IÕm on the brink of a fit of rage
Cuz all IÕm surrounded with is
Breast cancer pink

At the lingerie store itÕs all about the perfect rack from that straight male fantasy
Whether itÕs VictoriaÕs Secret, or the store for women like me with partial mastectomies
But excuse me, whatÕs so perfect about
Bras for chicks with no left tit, trying to make me look all flawless 
This is one more space in which my body just doesnÕt fit

Chorus:
Cuz they took my left tit away
Like they didnÕt even give a shit
And IÕm on the brink of a fit of rage
Cuz all IÕm surrounded with is
Breast cancer pink

Everywhere I turn all I see is this ghastly pastel shade
Pink bows, pink lace, pink ribbons, pink panties all over the place
WhatÕs any self-respecting, no-left-breasted, post-structural feminist supposed to think? What can I say?
This gendered cancer game feels like a straitjacket to me

Bridge:
And they call us all warriors, as if weÕre fighting a war
Then they call us badass survivors when we donÕt die
Well, warriors donÕt wear pink lace lingerie
And survivors donÕt hide behind little bows
So gimme some underwear with attitude
Gimme some red and black gitch
Stitch it up with rhinestones and spikes
But nothing proper and nothing lady-like, no!

Chorus:
Cuz they took my left tit away
Like they didnÕt even give a shit
And IÕm on the brink of a fit of rage
Cuz all IÕm surrounded with is
Breast cancer pink