Don't Bother
Written and Performed by Shakira
From her album "Oral Fixaton, Vol. II" released November 2005.

Commentary by Rudy Palma, December 2005
palmarua@shu.edu

Shakira is a brilliant, ever-rising singer/songwriter/performer, and this is the lead single off her sophomore English album, the counterpart to June's "Fijación Oral, Vol. 1". After listening to this song intently for the first time, I realized I heard something very important for those of who of us who have been discriminated due to short stature or even because we are simply not taller than the competition. It really warmed my heart and made me feel better, as what she says here applies even more frequently to men, and in a fashion more deeply-rooted.

She's got the kind of look that defies gravity
She's the greatest cook
And she's fat free

She's been to private school
And she speaks perfect French
She's got the perfect friends
Oh isn't she cool?

She practices Tai Chi
She'd never lose her nerve
She's more than you deserve
She's just far better than me

Hey Hey

CHORUS
So don't bother
I won't die of deception
I promise you won't ever see me cry
Don't feel sorry

And don't bother
I'll be fine
But she's waiting
And the ring you gave to her will lose its shine
So don't bother, be unkind

I'm sure she doesn't know
How to touch you like I would
I beat her at that one good
Don't you think so?

She's almost six feet tall
She must think I'm a flea
But I'm really a cat you see
And it's not my last life at all

Hey Hey

CHORUS

For you, I'd give up all I own
And move to a communist country
If you came with me, of course
And I'd file my nails so they don't hurt you
And lose those pounds, and learn about football
If it made you stay, but you won't, but you won't

OUT CHORUS

So don't bother
I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine, I'll be fine
Promise you won't ever see me cry

And after all I'm glad that I'm not your type
I promise you won't ever see me cry

OUT CHORUS