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Phenomenal Woman



by Maya Angelou


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion size
But when I start to tell them They think I'm telling lies.
I say It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman That's me.




I walk into a room Just as cool as you please
And, to a man-- The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me-- A hive of honey bees.
I say It's the fire in my eyes And the flash of my teeth
The swing of my waist And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman Phenomenal woman
That's me.




Men themselves have wondered What they see in me
They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman That's me.




Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing It ought to make you proud.
I say It's in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman That's me.