From Tori Amos to Leah Zicari, it doesn’t take much to read into these tunes.
A. Tori Amos “Raspberry Swirl” – “Everybody knows that I’m her friend/Everybody knows that I’m her man”
B. David Bowie, “John, I’m Only Dancing” – "John, I'm only dancing, She turns me on, but I'm only dancing."
C. Edie Carey, “The Middle,” But I like the view from where I stand/
From up here I can see both sides/
And the middle is a little like no man’s land/
But it’s a pretty nice place to hide”
D. Ani DiFranco, “In or Out” – “Sometimes the line I walk turns out to be straight, other days the line tends to deviate. I got no criteria for sex or race. I just want to hear your voice, I just want to see your face.”
F. Laya Fisher, “I Like Dick and Jane,” “Today you want Dick,/
Tomorrow you’ll have Jane /Sex is sex/We’re all one and the same
Skott Freedman "tug o' war," "same old story boy meets girl boy falls in love well not in this story just two boys here what's the matter ain't that enough well one thing nonna taught me to do is to respect others as they do you and child don't give your heart away 'less you're sure that one will stay"
H. Sophie B. Hawkins, “32 Lines,” “I want your hand/Across my belly/I want your breasts/Upon my back/I want your pain/To rip right through me/I am your death/You are my wrath”
Herman’s Hermits, “This Door Swings Both Ways, “Everyone’s life is bittersweet/It’s a door that opens wide/And no man can call himself complete/Till he’s seen it from both sides”
Magdalen Hsu-Li, He said "Are you into her? / I said "I do concur / That I like to be inside her shoes /Or inside something else"
J. Janis Joplin, “Summertime” – “Your daddy’s rich, and your mom’s so good looking babe, she’s looking good now.”
Joe Jackson, “Real Men,” “If you're tall and handsome and strong/
You can wear the uniform and I could play along/”
K. Candye Kane, “Hey Mister, She was my baby last night!” Hey Mister! You sure look cute/Greasy hair, and that slick zoot suit,/but the one I want is by your side,/
She was my baby last night.”
The Kinks', "Lola," "Well I'm not the world's most masculine man, but I know what I am and that I'm a man, so is Lola. Lo lo lo Lola. Lo lo lo Lola” is about a man falling for a transsexual.
Nicole Kristal, “Got this boy,” “Got this boy he likes to go so fast, got this boy he likes to let things slide, got this boy and boy, I don’t know why/Get a girl now, baby, it’s not all the same, pleasures run on down a different vein, watch the label change”
L. Larissa, “I Do Both Jay and Jane” – “I've got to have them both you just don't understand/Sometimes I call on Jane, sometimes I need a man.”
Living Colour, “Bi,” “Everybody wants you when you’re bi/Looking at all the girls and eyeing all the guys/Everybody loves you when you’re bi/But the tension and the passion’s double amplified”
Little Richard, "Tutti fruity/Oh Rudy"
M. Madonna “Human Nature” “I'm not apologizing/Would it sound better if I were a man?/
/You're the one with the problem/Why don't you just deal with it”
N. Me’shell Ndegleocello, “Beautiful,” “Such pretty hair/May I kiss you
May I kiss you there/So beautiful you are/So beautiful”
Peaches, “I U She,” “I don’t have to make the choice/ I like girls and boys”
P. “Phoebe” from the show “Friends” – “Sometimes men love women, sometimes men love men. And then there are bisexuals, though some just say they’re kidding themselves.”
R. R.E.M., “King of Comedy” – “I’m straight, I’m queer, I’m bi.”
Lou Reed, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side,” “Holly came from Miami F.L.A./
hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A./Plucked her eyebrows on the way/shaved her leg and then he was a she/She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side/said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side”
Robin Renee, “My Bride,” “My Bride fixes his stockings/Beneath the gown that he bought and I see for the first time today/Maybe we'll marry one day/Maybe I'll marry one day”
Tom Robinson, “The Last Word,” Well if gay liberation means freedom for all/
A label is no liberation at all/I'm here and I'm queer and I do what I do /And I'm not gonna wear... a straitjacket for you”
S. The Smiths, “This Charming Man,” “I would go out tonight/But I haven't got a stitch to wear This man said "it's gruesome/ That someone so handsome should care"/Ah ! A jumped-up pantry boy Who never knew his place/He said "return the ring"/He knows so much about these things He knows so much about these things”
Jill Sobule, “I Kissed a Girl” – “I kissed a girl, her lips were sweet/She was just like kissing me/I kissed a girl, won't change the world/But I'm so glad/I kissed a girl
T. Pete Townsend, “Rough Boys” – “Tough boys running the streets, come a little closer, rough toys under the sheets, nobody knows her/Rough boys don’t walk away, I very nearly missed you/Tough boys come over here/I want to bite and kiss you”
V. Suzanne Vega, “Stockings” from nine objects of desire – “Do you know where friendship ends and passion does begin? It’s between the binding of her stockings and her skin.”
Z. Leah Zicari, “Kiss That Boy,” “So many girls who once had a lot of pride
Are crossing over to the other side/And though I haven't I know you'll be annoyed/That for a moment I thought/I wanna kiss that boy”