Category Ani DiFranco


"the heat is so great
it plays tricks with the eye
it turns the road to water
and then from water to sky
and there’s a crack in the concrete floor
and it starts at the sink
there’s a bathroom in a gas station
and i’ve locked myself in it to think

and back in the city
the sun bakes the trash on the curb
the men are pissing in doorways
and the rats run in herds
i’ve got a dream of your face
that scares me awake
i put too much on my table
and now i got too much a stake

and i might let you off easy
yeah i might lead you on
i might wait for you to look for me
and then i might be gone
where i come from and where i’m going
and i’m lost in between
i might go up to that phone booth
and leave a veiled invitation on you machine

and you’ll stop me

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Circle Of Light

standing just outside
the circle of light
avoiding the pool cues
watching the game
waiting for you
hanging in the doorway
like smoke
like mistletoe
this is where I’ll be
whenever you come or go

I’m gonna roll you over
gonna peel you back
expose your tender center
watch the juices flow from the crack
gonna peel you out
of your protective shell
or I might have to break right in there
and raise some hell

I don’t have no grand plan
for you and me
just nothing is impossible
nothing is unlikely
I’m just riding the tide
nothing more
and it’s bound to take me out some
before it brings me back to shore

when you look in the mirror
do you see visions of your past
I ain’t got time for halfway
I ain’t got time for halfassed
when I look in the mirror
I see my days to come
and my face is just a trace
of where I’m coming from

just out...

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"you think you’re not worthy
I’d have to say I agree
I’m not worthy of you
you’re not worthy of me
which of us is deserving
look at the human race
the whole planet at arm’s length
and we don’t deserve this place

what good is a poker face
when you’ve got an open hand
I was supposed to be cool about this
I remember
cool was the plan
tried to keep it all under wraps
but the wraps kept going slack
I keep turning round
I keep coming back

give me a vertical
your horizontal line
I want to take each of them
bend them to divine
the world is too good for me
I am such a naughty girl
but when we’re together
we’re too good for this world

you think you’re not worthy
I’d have to say I agree
I’m not worthy of you
you’re not worthy of me
I’m not worthy of you
you aren’t worthy of me…

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Cradle And All

"fourteenth street and the garbage swirls like a cyclone
three o’clock in the afternoon and I am going home
F train is full of high school students
so much shouting
so much laughter
last night’s underwear in my back pocket
sure sign of the morning after

take me home
take me home and leave me there
think I’m going to cry

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Crime For Crime

"the big day has come
the bell is sounding
i run my hands through my hair one last time
outside the prison walls
the town is gathering
people are trading crime for crime

everyone needs to see the prisoner
they need to make it even easier
they see me as a symbol

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