Saturday, August 9, 2008

A song I'm feeling today: 32 Flavors by Ani DiFranco

The best song lyrics are like poetry...they are poetry. As much as I like a good beat or a catchy melody...as much as I really dig a wailing guitar, the music I truly love has lyrics that move me. I was driving this morning, listening to my iPod and this song came on. I had to listen to it like four times.



32 Flavors (From Not a Pretty Girl)

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 past

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

3 comments:

Somebodies Friend said...

Great post Tami, I love the part about the pheonix coming up from the ash. That is so cool cause it never really happens but we can imagine. If I were the pheonix I would like all the girls.

The part about watching what you said really rings true for me also. I have said so pretty stupid things in the past the I regret like you wouldn't believe, WOW, I whish I could take it all back. It is no excuse, but I was really confused when I said some of those things. I appriciate everything they have done for me, believe me.

Great song Tami, post more good ones if you come across any

thesciencegirl said...

I LOVE this song. I have a cover sung by Alana Davis on my iPod, and it always makes me feel like a powerful, wise woman when I hear it.

KimcheeBrown said...

One of my favorites from college...the only Ani song I ever liked really. Thanks for reminding me to download it again!

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