Legendary legends Kristin Chenoweth and Ariana Grande join forces to cover one of the best – and most empowering – songs OF ALL TIME: 1963’s uber-classic “You Don’t Own Me,” recorded by Leslie Gore (when she was just 17 years old!)
The song expresses a threatened emancipation, as the singer tells a lover that they do not own her, that they aren’t to tell her what to do or what to say, and that they are not to put her on display. The song’s lyrics became an inspiration for younger women and are sometimes cited as a factor in the second wave feminist movement. Gore said, “My take on the song was: I’m 17, what a wonderful thing, to stand up on a stage and shake your finger at people and sing you don’t own me.”[ In Gore’s obituary, The New York Times referred to “You Don’t Own Me” as “indelibly defiant”.
Check it out below. Then compare and contrast with the original (and just for fun: The First Wives Club version, a personal favorite of mine)…
(Top photos: Avalon)