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10 Gwen Stefani Lyrics That Just Get Us

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    There's one undeniable truth about birthday girl Gwen Stefani, who turns 47 on October 3: She wears her heart on her sleeve. The breakups, the frustrations, the wistfulness... it all creeps into her lyrics and pulls listeners in. Whether she's wailing about being underestimated as a woman or mourning a failed marriage, the pop star has a way of getting under our skin. Is it any wonder her latest album is called This Is What the Truth Feels Like?

    Even if you don't relate to Stefani's current country-crooning, Blake Shelton-loving ways, you can surely still appreciate the familiar sentiments expressed in her work, both with No Doubt and in her solo career. She's been through the heartbreaks and the betrayal. Her confidence has faltered. She's put up with sexism and other b-a-n-a-n-a-s BS. She totally gets us.

    Read on for a roundup of lyrics that have hit us right in the heart. Keep it coming, Gwen.

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    "Just A Girl" (1995)
    I'm just a girl, living in captivity
    Your rule of thumb makes me worry some
    I'm just a girl, what's my destiny?
    What I've succumbed to is making me numb.


    Sexism is doing your head in.

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    "What You Waiting For?" (2004)
    Your moment will run out
    'Cause of your sex chromosome
    I know it's so messed up how our society all thinks (for sure)
    Life is short, you're capable (uh huh)
    Oh, oh oh.


    Because you're not necessarily where you thought you'd be at this age, and it's kind of stressing you out even though it's actually fine.

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    "Simple Kind Of Life" (2000)
    Now all those simple things are simply too complicated for my life
    How'd I get so faithful to my freedom?
    A selfish kind of life
    When all I ever wanted was the simple things
    A simple kind of life.


    When you want the white picket fence and the 2.5 kids, but also dig sleeping in, inappropriate crushes, and midweek cocktail parties.

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    "4 In The Morning" (2007)
    And all I know is
    You got to give me everything
    And nothing less 'cause
    You know I give you all of me.


    Someone's taking a little too long to commit.

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    "Running" (2001)
    Be
    Be the one I need
    Be the one I trust most
    Don't stop inspiring me
    Sometimes it's hard to keep on running
    We work so much to keep it going
    Don't make me want to give up.


    When you're angry at your partner and trying so, so hard to feel loved-up, not let down.