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Lynzy Lab went viral after releasing the ballad “A Scary Time” on her YouTube channel last week. The video garnered over a million views after being shared on a number of social media platforms. On Thursday night, Lab visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform the song.
Kimmel introduced the performance by announcing that it was International Day of the Girl. “The idea of this day is to focus on female leadership to make better lives for girls around the world,” he said. “And you know the news. We moved on from the hurricane. We moved on from the Supreme Court confirmation madness, but billions of people haven’t.”
Kimmel noted that following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, many women have noted that men don’t understand what it’s like to be female. “Until I started hearing these stories, I really didn’t know what it was like to be a woman. About how threatened women feel a lot of the time,” he said.
The host segued into the performance by saying that he recently heard Lab’s song, which was originally written as a response to Trump’s statement that “this is a very scary time for young men.”
Lab began the performance by standing alone onstage with only her ukulele. “I can’t walk to my car late at night while on the phone. / I can’t open up my windows when I’m home alone. / I can’t go to a bar without a chaperone,” she sang.
Two women soon joined her onstage to provide backing vocals as the song continued. The lyrics list the many things she can’t do as a woman, including riding public transportation past 7 p.m., being honest with men that try to contact her on social media and leaving her drink unattended.
“But it sure is a scary time for boys. / Gentlemen! Band together, make some noise. / It’s really tough when your reputation’s on the line. / And any woman you’ve assaulted could turn up anytime,” she continued in the song.
More women joined Lab onstage as she sang. “I can’t live in an apartment if it’s on the first floor. / I can’t be wearing silk pajamas when I answer the door. / I can’t have another drink even if I want more,” they sang. “I can’t make you feel invalid, unseen or ignored.”
The performance concluded with Lab and the women encouraging the viewers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. “It’s not such a scary time for boys. / They’ve always had the upper hand, they’ve always had a choice. / It’s time for women to rise up, use our collective voice. / The day to vote’s Nov. 6, so let’s go make some noise,” they sang in harmony.
Watch the performance above.
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