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I'd Rather Be Me Lyrics

[JANIS]
So your best friend screwed you over
Acted nice when she not nice
Well, I have some advice
‘Cause it’s happened to me. Twice


Here’s my secret strategy
It always works because
The world doesn’t end
It just feels like it does


So raise your right finger
And solemnly swear
"Whatever they say about me
I don’t care!"

I won’t twist in knots to join your game
I will say, "you make me mad."
And if you treat me bad
I’ll say “you’re bad”


And if I eat alone from this moment on
That’s just what I’ll do

‘Cause I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me than be with you

We’re supposed to all be ladies
And be nurturing and care
Is that really fair?
Boys get to fight, we have to share

Here’s the way that turns out
We always understand
How to slap someone down
With our underhand


So here’s my right finger
To how girls should behave
'Cause sometimes what’s meant to break you
Makes you brave


So I will not act all innocent
I won’t fake apologize

Let’s just fight and then make up
Not tell these lies


Let’s call our damage even
Clean the slate till it's like new

It’s a new life for me
Where I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me
Than be with you

[JANIS]
I'll say, "NO!"

[FEMALE STUDENTS]
NO!


[JANIS]
I’ll say, "knock it off, with your notes
And your rules and your games."

And those sycophants who follow you
I’ll remember all their names

And when they drag you down
Like they inevitably do

I will not laugh along with them
And approve their palace coup
‘Cause that’s not me

[FEMALE STUDENTS]
Janis. Janis. Janis. Janis


[JANIS]
I don’t need their good opinions
I have plenty of opinions

Everybody has opinions but it doesn’t make them true
What’s true is being me

[JANIS & FEMALE STUDENTS]
And I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me than be with you

[JANIS]
So raise them high ‘cause playing nice and shy is insulting my IQ

[FEMALE STUDENTS]
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah

[JANIS & FEMALE STUDENTS]
I'd rather be me (I'd rather be me)
I'd rather be me (I'd rather be me)
I'd rather be me than be with you
I'd rather be me
I'd rather be me (I'd rather be me)
I'd rather be me (I'd rather be me)
I'd rather be me than be with you

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About “I'd Rather Be Me”

“I’d Rather Be Me” begins just after Regina gets her revenge on Cady Heron by distributing pages of her “Burn Book” around the school, which caused a fight among the junior-class girls. After the fight they are sent to an assembly where the girls express their differences.

In the 2004 film “Mean Girls” this song is the moment after Regina insults Janis by saying that her dream of “diving into a big pile of girls” would become a reality in that moment.