See, my hormones just run away and if I can get 'em back
To where they used to be then I'll probably be in the denim
Of a family gene that show women how to be woman
Or better yet a leader,
Once “her hormones ran away”, meaning she was through puberty, she became a woman, but never actually knew how to be one. Connecting with the previous line, she literally runs away from foster homes and her hormones figuratively run away from her. Maybe Kendrick’s playing extra emphasis on how whole life has been spent running.
Play on a pair of homophones: “Hormones” transmit chemical messages from one cell to another. And genes are the chemical makeup of our cells. Jeans are made of “denim” and humans are made up of genes. If she was instead a girl cut from a cloth who had love and support to steer her away from this life, she would teach her daughters a better life. She’d show them to respect their bodies and (see next line) teach them that domestic violence is bad.
She can’t get pregnant, but if her period came back she would probably try to reverse the effects of her youth and instead teach her girls to have respect and to be leaders.
She longs for childhood, the days where she was just a kid and no one was interested in what she had to “offer” sexually, when her sexuality wasn’t a bargaining tool. She feels so far gone and so embroiled in a certain way of living that she feels like it would just be easier if she could re-start from childhood surrounded by people who wouldn’t place emphasis on her sexuality or take advantage of it. Then, perhaps, her identity as a woman wouldn’t be primarily defined by sex.
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