Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Alla This :: Ani DiFranco

so...we haven't had an Ani DiFranco post since we started this blog back in Nov/Dec of 2007. it is about time we get a little more of her!

i started running *GASP* this week, and so far things are going really well. and during my runs, i select a random cd and just run to that. sometimes i get caught off guard by a song and i get fixated on it for the rest of my run. this particular song did just that to me. i was first introduced to Ani during my first year of college (i know....really late) and quickly joined the Church of DiFranco. besides her amazing guitar skills and unique voice, Ani's lyrics are what get me every time. she is not just a musician, she is a poet. and her lyrics speak to my activist heart.

this particular song is rockin because it's one of the more poignant political songs that Ani has done (in my opinion) in quite some time. it's right up there with Your Next Bold Move for me... so hopefully it will ring true for some of y'all.

the end.
love,
meggo.

Alla This :: Ani DiFranco


Alla This :: Ani DiFranco

i will not stand immersed,
in this ultra violent curse
i won't let you make a tool of me
i will keep my mind and body free
bye bye minutiae
of the day to day drama,
i'm expanding exponentially,
i am consciousness without identity

i am many things,
made of everything,
but i will not be your bank roll
i won't idle in your drive-thru,
i won't watch your electric sideshow
i got way
better places to go

i will maintain the truth
i knew naturally as a child
i won't forfeit my creativity,
to a world that's all laid out for me
i will look at everything around me
and i will vow to bear in mind
that all of this was just someone's idea
it could just as well be mine

i won't rent you my time
i won't sell you my brain
i won't pray to a male god
cuz that would be insane

and i can't support the troops,
cuz every last one of them's being duped,
and i will not rest a wink
until the women have regrouped

i am many things,
made of everything,
but i will not be your bank roll
i won't idle in your drive-thru
i won't watch your electric sideshow
i got way
better places to go

Bonus Song!!! This one is about DiFranco's baby daddy...it's not often we hear happy love songs from Ani, so enjoy!



Way Tight :: Ani DiFranco

i tell you what - there is plenty wrong with me,
but i fixed up a few old buildings...
and i planted a few trees.
children seem to like me,
and animals, too -
like the birds and the bees...

and eating a sandwich,
standing over the kitchen counter
with only the sound of chewing in the room -
i can see you as a challenge,
that i will eagerly meet...
'cuz you are way way way way sweet.

it’s just that kind of evening -
that cracks open like a half shaken beer,
cool and refreshing, running down your arm,
baby, there’s no other place i’d rather be...
than here, parting my periodic alarm.

you are ever true, ever new in love...
and i mean that in the best and worst way.
i don’t really know what i was so mad about,
but the full moon is about a week away.

i tell you what - there is plenty wrong with you,
stuff you’d sooner fight for than cop to
i think it’s just more reason why we are meant to be;
people say i look like you and you look like me...
a crazy combination of everything and nothing right...
we are way way way way way way way way way tight,
yes, we are way way way way way way way way way tight,
we are way way way way way way way way way tight.

3 comments:

harris said...

wow!
best blog site ever :p

Jach Kaas said...

Wow, I just heard Alla This. Who the H mixed it because the vocals are drowned out near completely?! Too bad. Because, overall, the mix makes what might be a decent song into a rather shitty song. Mr. Shitty Producer (Ani? Mike?), either remove the vocals or bring them up to the normal level.

Janne Pettersson said...

I don't understand the comments about the vocals being drowned out. I hear the vocals (and the lyrics) perfectly. Maybe you all are just listening in noisy surroundings...

Ani is the goddam queen of everything!