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March 3, 2011 6:44 AM   Subscribe

This is a single-link YouTube post involving a small child singing a grown-up song. But she's absolutely fierce, so it's quite a lot less annoying than that sounds.

I wouldn't ordinarily post something like this, but I first saw it a couple of weeks ago, and I keep looking it back up on YouTube to play it again. Occasionally I also listen to Caitlin Rose's original version which is lovely (and, of course, offers higher production values) but doesn't have quite the same fierceness as Rowan's version.
posted by jacquilynne (34 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
I clearly have no idea what "fierce" means anymore. Cure enough kid though, kids singing is usually decent.
posted by Sternmeyer at 6:57 AM on March 3, 2011


She's an alright singer but I wouldn't call her fierce. She was just singing the lyrics without any emotion which was probably due to the fact that she didn't really understand the lyrics to the song and what they really meant. She probably has the ability to be fierce with a different song choice. If you want a fierce little girl singing, this is fierce.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:01 AM on March 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yeah, that's the opposite of fierce. Amanda, on the other hand, is fierce. [SLYT via WFMU]
posted by Joey Bagels at 7:10 AM on March 3, 2011 [8 favorites]


Well, I like her. Any five-year-old who can lose the lyric, wait for it to come around on the guitar, and then come in pretty much on the beat is okay by me.
posted by steambadger at 7:22 AM on March 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


Oh for heaven's sake, people. This is fierce.

(Don't mention it; glad I could be of help.)
posted by Mike D at 7:24 AM on March 3, 2011 [12 favorites]


As I understand it fierce in contemporary usage is meant to be exceptionally (or at very least somewhat) formidable.

This person, at age 5, in her surprising-for-her age restraint and emoting may be yet be smoldering but in my estimation is sufficiently formidable.

Or in other words, yeah, fierce.
posted by humannaire at 7:26 AM on March 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I thought this was going to be a link to this (nsfw). Fierce dese nutz.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:26 AM on March 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


My ovaries just exploded.
posted by freshwater at 7:28 AM on March 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Cute.
posted by cashman at 7:30 AM on March 3, 2011


You know who's fierce? Melt Banana is fierce -- their live shows, in particular.

I liked the little girl's singing, too. She'd be great on a double-bill with Melt Banana.
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:31 AM on March 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


While not fierce, this was real good. She sings like she has lived through the emotions in the song!
posted by milestogo at 7:37 AM on March 3, 2011


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
posted by bwg at 7:48 AM on March 3, 2011


... Aw, now I need to call my dad. Both my parents, while I'm at it.
posted by lunasol at 8:07 AM on March 3, 2011


This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment. It is not available in your country.

You're right, that IS fierce.
posted by staggernation at 8:30 AM on March 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


You know what's fierce? A rhino is fierce. I could probably take down a kid singing with my bare fists. A rhino...no. THAT is fierce.
posted by hal_c_on at 8:38 AM on March 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


all I needed was to tell myself that she was singing about waiting for one of her parents or other relatives to pick her up from the skating rink to make this a really nice entertainment moment
posted by Redhush at 8:40 AM on March 3, 2011


Wait, I thought you said this was a single link post! I clearly see TWO links here. WTF false advertising!
posted by rosa at 8:40 AM on March 3, 2011


What? No. This is fierce (and one of our own).
posted by Deathalicious at 8:43 AM on March 3, 2011


That was good. I'd like to hear her sing this Caitlin Rose song . Maybe mix it up with Baby Trashes Bar in Las Palmas! video from a few days ago.
posted by Sailormom at 8:49 AM on March 3, 2011


jacquilynne: "This is a single-link YouTube post involving a small child singing a grown-up song."

Look out! You're disseminating child-abusive behavior! They'll lock you up and throw away the key for being a sex criminal!
posted by dunkadunc at 8:52 AM on March 3, 2011


She is amazing. The heartfelt ooohing is awesome and hilarious to see from a child.
posted by fire&wings at 8:59 AM on March 3, 2011


All this fierce talk reminds of this video which I think I found through Metafilter years ago. I strongly suspect the girl is lip-syncing most of the time, but that just makes it better, I think
posted by estherbester at 9:17 AM on March 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I strongly suspect the girl is lip-syncing most of the time, but that just makes it better, I think

Lip-syncing and playing a mean air guitar!

More 'fierce' kids: Old Skull.
posted by a little headband I put around my throat at 9:42 AM on March 3, 2011


Moar fierceness plz. Kthx!
posted by odinsdream at 9:53 AM on March 3, 2011


This is a formidable exploration of the word 'fierce'. I'm still deliberating but they're all strong condensers. Well, there went 15 minutes!
posted by Salamandrous at 12:49 PM on March 3, 2011


Aw, she looks like a baby Alison Brie from Community!

Anyway, I've enjoyed all these videos and find them fierce in different ways -- compare the soul/passion expressed in the first few videos to this video of a four-year-old singing "Somewhere Out There" on America's Got Talent. It's very cute, but it's missing that emotive quality we see here.
posted by brookedel at 1:04 PM on March 3, 2011


The kid in this other thread is actually amazingly talented, yet a SLYT clip of a regular little girl singing some song as well as most little girls do is yielding more commentary.

I don't get it. But go figure.
posted by anniecat at 1:44 PM on March 3, 2011


Also, in terms of singing children, no one could beat 12 year old Lin Yu Chun for total fierceness in his rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You."
posted by anniecat at 1:50 PM on March 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh man, I was wondering if we'd see this here. It's pretty dang good.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 1:57 PM on March 3, 2011


Lin Yu Chun is actually 24 in that video. Shocked me too.
posted by Theodore Sign at 2:28 PM on March 3, 2011


I thought this was fierce.
posted by elephantday at 3:16 PM on March 3, 2011



Lin Yu Chun is actually 24 in that video. Shocked me too.


WHAT....DANG
posted by anniecat at 3:42 PM on March 3, 2011


Surprisingly little appreciation here for beautiful singing. This little girl has a more expressive voice than most adults I know.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:22 PM on March 3, 2011


Thanks MetaFilter, for never ceasing to prove to me that some folks are so joyless that they can not only NOT smile at something heartwarming, but also take time from their so precious day to comment about how they don't find it to have value.

Of all the SLYT that shouldn't be posted, this is worth sharing. Thanks.
posted by TomMelee at 8:06 AM on March 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


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