Kimya Dawson finds some of her old lyrics offensive. Now, she’s doing something about it. | KNKX

Kimya Dawson finds some of her old lyrics offensive. Now, she’s doing something about it.

Jun 22, 2019

We’ve all said or written stuff we regret. If you’re a musician, once your music is out there it’s hard to undo. Seattle-based songwriter Kimya Dawson has had a long career, and when she looks back on some of her own lyrics, she cringes a little.

Back then, she used some words in her songs that she would never say today. So how do you take it back? Kimya reflects on the evolution in a conversation with Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer.

“The more people told me not to change it, the more it made me want to change it. Because it made me realize how little people were thinking about the impact that words could have on more marginalized folks,” Kimya says. “Regardless of what our intention was when we wrote it, what mattered was how it affected the people who were hearing it.”