Music Fix: Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya
The fall can be gloomy and dull at times so why not get into a song that’s funny and clap happy, that’s why Daya’s song “Sit Still, Look Pretty” is perfect for your fall playlist.
The song starts off with a light clap and whistle routine but the lyrics are bombastic, as Daya right away sets the record straight for the other girls and boys of the world.
“Could dress up, to get love/But guess what?/I’m never gonna be that girl/Who’s living in a Barbie world/Could wake up, in make up, and play dumb/Pretending that I need a boy/Who’s gonna treat me like a toy.”
The message is clear – Daya isn’t your typical pretty girl, as she won’t be going to clubs and wasting oodles of money on trying to look pretty and losing her independence.
Composition wise, the song has a simple and addicting pop arrangement, which comfortably places this song perfectly in the library of other pop songs of the past. Daya’s voice has a nice growl to it as she declared herself independent from the rest of the crowd.
The chorus is understanding where the song and her voice hit their stride.
“I don’t know what you’ve been told/But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world/Yeah that is where I’m gonna be, because I wanna be/No I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty/You get off on your 9 to 5/Dream of picket fences and trophy wives/But no I’m never gonna be, cause I don’t wanna be/No I don’t wanna sit still look pretty.”
The playful nature of the song is juxtaposed to the hard hitting, gender stereotypes shattering references, like 9 to 5” and “picket fences and trophy wives.”
The song keeps a steady beat well into its ending, and it proves that Daya is a songstress with a strong, husky voice who’s grabbing for the throne of pop princesses.