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In our modern free-spoken society
There is a word that we still hold taboo
A word with a terrible history
Of being used to abuse, oppress and subdue
Just six seemingly harmless letters
Arranged in a way that will form a word
With more power than the pieces of metal
That are forged to make swords

A couple of Gs, an R and an E, an I and an N
Just six little letters all jumbled together
Have caused damage that we may never mend
And it's important that we all respect
That if these people should happen to choose
To reclaim the word as their own
It doesn't meant the rest of you have a right to it's use

So never under estimate
The power that language imparts
Sticks and stones may break your bones
But words can break hearts
A couple of Gs - jeez, unless you've had to live it
An R and an E - even I am careful with it
An I and an N - and in the end it will only offend
Don't want to have to spell it out again...


Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
So listen to me if you care for your health
You won't call me ginger 'less you're ginger yourself
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger

When you are a ginger life is pretty hard
Years of ritual bullying in the school yard
Kids calling you Ranga and Fanta Pants
No invitation to the high school dance
But you get up and learn to hold your head up
You try to keep your cool and not get het up
But until the feeling of I'll is truly let up
Then the word is ours and ours alone

Don't you know that...
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
So if you call us ginge we just might come unhinged
If you don't have a fringe with at least a tinge of the ginge in it
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger

Now listen to me, we're not looking for sympathy
Just because we're sensitive to UV
Just 'cause we're pathetically pale
We do alright with the females

Yeah I like to ask the ladies 'round for ginger beer
And soon they're running their fingers through my ginger beard
And dunking my ginger nuts into their ginger tea
And asking if they can call me ginge
And I say, "I don't think that's appropriate!"

'Cos only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
Only a ginga can call another ginga, ginga
And all the ladies, they agree it's a fact
Once you've gone ginge, she can't go back
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger

Yeah go ginge, go you funky ginge
Yeah, funky ginger mofo

Yeah, you can call us bozo or fire truck
You can even call us carrot top of blood nut
Yeah, you can call us match stick or tampon
But fucking with the G-word is just not on

If you're a ginger-phobe and you don't like us
We will stand up to the fight if you want to fight us
But if you cut yourself you might catch gingivitis
So maybe you should shut your funky mouth

Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger

So if you call us ginge you can't whinge if your injured
If you don't have a tinge of the ginge in your minge

Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
And you know my kids will always be clothed and fed
'Cos Papa's gonna be bringing home the gingerbread
And they'll be pretty smart because they'll be well-read
And by "read" I mean "read" and the other kind of "red", woo!

Only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger
Only a ginga can call another ginga, ginga
Just like only a ninja can sneak up on another ninja

Yeah, only a ginger, only a ginger, only a ginger, yeah
Are you all listening-a, I'm not pointing the finger
I just happen to sing-a
I'm just remindin' ya

That only a ginger can call another ginger...

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    hwyfuzzDec 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    @Nov 6, 2013 at 3:09 am - Um, NO. It was a parody and misdirection in the preamble of the song. It was simply about being a redhead and the exclusion as a JOKE and should be looked at that in that manner and that manner only! To think that he was masking this due to the word "Nigger" is a ridiculous assertion. Thats why the composition changes when the preamble is concluded.
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    UnregisteredAug 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    I believe many of those before me, may have grasped this stick with both hands. But unfortunately at the wrong end. I believe this song is meant to be about prejudice. While you are both entitled and welcome to interpret these lyrics however you wish, that alone does not make it the 'meaning' of the song (as evidence I cite the many differing interpretations of almost any religious text, and ask you to definitively qualify which interpretation relays the exact meaning).

    I hypothesize that Mr. Tim Minchin, may have composed (please do not confuse this to mean he must have recorded the score or words on any medium) this to satirically mock the social stigma surrounding the use certain words or phrases. The song also broaches topics some find uncomfortable. These are bought together and dismissed in a light-hearted and catchy tune, which consequentially makes it accessible to a wide audience.

    I could attempt to criticize others for being wrong, but would prefer to reserve my own right to a mistake on occasion (this may be one), and would like merely to state that I in no way assert that Mr. Tim Minchin has any social, political or racial prejudice (or lack thereof), and that I thoroughly enjoy the many facets of the song I have interpreted (correctly or otherwise).

    I would encourage people to discuss the topics that have been provoked by the song and comments below, notwithstanding the sensitivity of the subjects.

    My opinion on gingers is that they are highly valuable members of society, and provide so much in the form of humor (beyond that they're pretty ordinary really).

    I also think that anyone who would take offense at the word 'Ni**er' should probably be made aware that the Chinese language has the term 'gwai lo' (clearly a translation to the Latin alphabet) to refer to a 'Ghost person' or white person. Equally they should consider that racism is first and foremost a belief, and that a word alone doesn't necessarily convey a belief, and the context must be taken into account. (I don't use the word socially due to the fact it is considered inappropriate.) - I don't find either term offensive, and would fall into one or more of those categories.

    Also in one set of lyrics I notice the use of the words Homo Phone (clearly referring to one pre-loaded with grinder). However if you wish to deduce the correct emotion to display towards type of individual, might I refer you to the song 'I Love Jesus', and I will wait to hear whether you agree with my deduction male homosexuals are comparable to wethers (amusingly those words sound the same when said aloud - there should be a term for that).

    *please note that this message was sent on an interweb, and as such may offend some/many/all people who read it (never none), also the messages conveyed may from time to time, and without prior warning (this is subsequent warning) sarcasm, satire, or stupidity*
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    UnregisteredApr 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm
    1) Good gracious, one of you seems to think he was hiding racism. How silly. Dude, he used misdirection as a joke. I think you are the only one who didn't understand that he was singing about gingers once the song was over.
    2) My dear hwyfuzz, good on you! You get it! But his composition changes a) because that's how music works, you change it when you introduce new ideas, and it would be a boring song if it was the same all the way and b) he doesn't read music, and doesn't write anything down, so the composition itself will change every time he performs it, from words, to length, to actual notes and measures. After hearing him perform the same songs in multiple shows and locations, I think the only thing in his pieces Tim Minchin keeps consistent is the key and general idea of the song!
    Love Tim Minchin to death, love hwyfuzz for getting it, love the person who posted on May 28 for being a ginger too, and I love that not many people called him racist! Yay humanity! P.S. You really have to type a LOT to get the green bar "awesome" when posting!
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    UnregisteredNov 6, 2013 at 3:09 am
    Hey guys, it i obviously about prejudice and it was intended to get attention of the taboo about the word nigger. He couldn't use this word on his music, he even had to change a lyric of one of his songs that he use to say one single time in a completely respectful manner but people would still call him a racist, so he did this song in response...

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