‘Girls just want to have fun‘ was a staple at parties when I was growing up, When the distinctive cords of Ms Cyndi Lauper came over the stereo, we got up shook our stuff Time after Time... -..We weren’t all coming home in the middle of the night, but our mamas were asking the same question – ‘when you gonna live your life right’. Rumour has it that the original lyrics of what became “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” reportedly had misogynistic undertones, Cyndi looked at it and decided to change into an empowering song for women. It is still empowering women today.
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we’re not the fortunate ones
And girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one
But girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just want to have
When the working day is done
Oh girls, they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have fun (girls and boys wanna have fun, girls wanna have)
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they wanna have fun
Oh girls just wanna have
- Cyndi was born on June 22, 1953 in Queens, New York.
- She got her start in the music industry by performing as the vocalist for several cover bands in the mid-1970s. including Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin.
- She released her first Grammy-winning studio album She’s So Unusual in 1983
- Over the course of her career, Cyndi has been nominated for 14 Grammys, 2 Emmys, 2 AMAs, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards.
Cyndi composed the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. -.it tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory’s young, straight-laced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business. Charlie develops a plan to produce custom footwear for drag queens, rather than the men’s dress shoes that his firm is known for, and in the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. It opened in Chicago in October 2012 .In May, Lauper won for best score for Kinky Boots at the 63rd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. Lauper won the award for Best Original Score. Lauper was the first woman to win solo in this category.
More recently, Cyndi has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration.
Cyndi started the True Colours Fund, a non-profit that seeks to “inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to become involved in the advancement of LGBT equality.”
Cyndi says: “Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colours, and be accepted and loved for who they are. Every American should be guaranteed equal treatment, at school, at work, in their relationships, in service of their country…and in every part of their lives”
There are a lot people behind you Cyndi, thank you for showing your true colours.