Ani Difranco Anyday

I will lean into you

and you can be the wind

I will open up my mouth

and you can come rushing in

you can rush in so hard

and make it so I can’t breathe

I breathe too much anyway

I can do that anyday

I just wish I knew who you were

I wish you’d make yourself known

probably you don’t know I’m her

the woman you want to call home

I’ll keep my ear to the wall

I’ll keep my eye on the door

’cause I’ve heard all my own jokes

and they’re just not funny anymore

I laugh too much anyway

I can do that anyday

have you ever been bent or pulled

have you ever been played like strings

if I could see you I could strum you

I could break you

make you sing

but I guess you can’t really see the wind

it just comes in and fills the space

and everytime something moves

you think that you have seen its face

and I’ve always got my guitar to play

but I can do that anyday

Ani Difranco Ain’t That The Way

i love you and you love me and ain’t that that way it’s supposed to be? i

swing my stick legs ’round from the root and i pile drive each foot into a

platform boot. and i’m up and i’m out cuz i’m bouncing off the walls. and i

come when you call and you call. i got a super cute three piece suit. one

piece for your body. one piece for your smile. one more little piece if you

stay a while. yeah, cuz i love you and you love me. ain’t that the way it’s

supposed to be? i gotta beeline double time. leave my home sweet home for your

honeycomb. then i show up steady ready and proud and i find i’ve forgotten how

to talk out loud. isn’t it just like you to bring me to my knees in my brand

new stockings while the cat is out with my tongue. isn’t it just like you to

bring me to my knees in my brand new stockings. love makes me feel so dumb.

cuz i love you and you love me and ain’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

yeah, cuz i love you and you love the me. ain’t that the way it’s supposed to

be?

Ani Difranco 32 Flavors

squint your eyes and look closer

I’m not between you and your ambition

I am a poster girl with no poster

I am thirty-two flavors and then some

and I’m beyond your peripheral vision

so you might want to turn your head

cause someday you’re going to get hungry

and eat most of the words you just said

both my parents taught me about good will

and I have done well by their names

just the kindness I’ve lavished on strangers

is more than I can explain

still there’s many who’ve turned out their porch lights

just so I would think they were not home

and hid in the dark of their windows

til I’d passed and left them alone

and god help you if you are an ugly girl

course too pretty is also your doom

cause everyone harbors a secret hatred

for the prettiest girl in the room

and god help you if you are a phoenix

and you dare to rise up from the ash

a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy

while you are just flying back

I’m not trying to give my life meaning

by demeaning you

and I would like to state for the record

I did everything that I could do

I’m not saying that I’m a saint

I just don’t want to live that way

no, I will never be a saint

but I will always say

squint your eyes and look closer

I’m not between you and your ambition

I am a poster girl with no poster

I am thirty-two flavors and then some

And I’m beyond your peripheral vision

So you might want to turn your head

Cause someday you might find you’re starving

and eating all of the words you said

Ani Difranco Angel Food

if the mattress was a table top

and the bed sheet was a page

we’d be written out

like a couple of question marks

my convex to your concave

and we’d be lying here

at the end of a sentence

and asks, are you ready now?

are you gonna glow in the dark?

are you gonna show me how?

do you like to watch when water misbehaves?

do you like waves?

as the wind shifts

and shifts again

the sail smiles

and gently slaps around the mast

ballast

ballast

ballast

when you come to me

come to me with cake

in your pocket

come to me nicely

with that soft kinda cake

that’s mostly icing

come to me ready and rude

bring me angel food

angel food

Ani Difranco Animal

More and more there is this animal

Looking out through my eyes

At all the traffic on the road to nowhere

At all the shiny stuff around to buy

At all the wires in the air

At all the people shopping

For the same blank stare

At america the drastic

That isolated geographic

That’s become infested with millionaires

When you grow up surrounded

By willful ignorance

You have to believe

Mercy has its own country

And that it’s round and borderless

And then you have to grow wings

And rise above it all

Like there

Where that hawk is circling

Above that strip mall

More and more there is this animal

Looking out through my eyes

Seeing that animals only take from this world

What they need to survive

But she is prowling through all the religions of men

Seeing that time and time and time again

Their gods have made them

Special and above

Nature’s law

And the respect thereof

And I think when you grow up surrounded

By willful ignorance

You have to believe that mercy has its own country

And that it’s round and borderless

And then you just grow wings

And rise above it all

Like there where that hawk is circling

Above that strip mall

Ask any eco-system

Harm here is harm there

And there and there

And aggression begets aggression

It’s a very simple lesson

That long preceded any king of heaven

And there’s this brutal imperial power

That my passport says I represent

But it will never represent where my heart lives

Only vaguely where it went

Cuz I know when you grow up surrounded

By willful ignorance

You learn that mercy has its own country

And that it’s round and borderless

And then you just grow wings

And rise above it all

Like there

Where that hawk is circling

Above that strip mall

Ani Difranco Back Around

my lipstick

jumped ship

to a styrofoam cup

with the coffee gone

the conversation strong

all I got left to give

baby, is up

but sentiments like shadows grow

oh so long

guess I gotta go

don’t get up

don’t cry

it’s really very simple

just kiss my cheek and say goodbye

I never really go anywhere anyway

I just pass through from time to time

bye bye baby

baby bye bye

maybe I’ll see you

next time I’m in town

maybe when I’m through

falling off the face of the earth

I’ll come back around

you know I love to come back around

ten hours of driving

will make your mind

kind of numb

but it’s better than

ten dollars an hour

slamming a hammer on my thumb

and it’s better than

five dollars an hour

selling people shit

I wouldn’t buy myself

at least at the end of the day

I’m always somewhere else

bye bye baby

baby bye bye

maybe I’ll see you

next time I’m in town

maybe when I’m through

falling off the face of the earth

I’ll come back around

you know I love to come back around

Ani Difranco 78% H2O

When the joy had left your body

And you were locked into your own pulse

You used to love to sit by the water

And watch it lapping on the rocks

And every time you put your feet in

You cry out and you pray

But its all downhill from here, baby

So naturally, I can’t stay

First you roll your eyes to heaven

Say you’ve never had love so divine

But it will go from more than ever

To not enough in no time

You will push and

You will push until

You push me away

I hear you cry out for your water

I know you’ll curse it someday

I guess for me there’s been few

Who’ve walked up smiling and drawn a line

Between so far and from now on

Yes a big glowing life time

And I’ve been disappointed

I’ve been heart-broken

I too have loved from afar

But we are 78% water

Even our pumping hearts

Ani Difranco Albacore

Look here I just tattooed

A wedding band

On what looks like to me

My mother’s hand

I’m no blushing girl

No innocent dove

It took me a long time to find love

But now I have no doubt

And I never will

That I am meant to be loving you

And it fairly blew my mind

To be so sure

When that little needle said I do

My love gives me hope

My love gives me pride

My love gets me past

The land mines inside

When I am next to you

I am more me

Inside me is a room to which you hold the key

Look at that honeymoon

In the albacore sky

Look with all of you

Not just your eye

Look at its dancing light

Through the whispering trees

Look how I love you and you love me

Look how I love you and you love me