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Ani Difranco

I love all those great 'f' words - feminism, folk music..
Ani Difranco love
In any marginalized community, whether people identify themselves or not affects us all.
Ani Difranco people
I believe in that step of not just making revolutionary music but making it in a way that challenges the system, Especially in this day and age when the tools for producing and distributing are more and more accessible to the average Joe and Josephine. The possibility of emancipation and control and independence is so much greater now.
Ani Difranco music
I think I'm done gunnin to get closer. To some imagined bliss. I gotta knuckle down. And just be ok with this.
Ani Difranco think
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.
Ani Difranco art
I don't always feel lucky, but I'm smart enough to try.
Ani Difranco art
Every tool is a weapon - if you hold it right.
Ani Difranco you
They're gonna be mad at us. They're gonna be mad at me and you. They're gonna be mad at us and all the things we wanna do.
Ani Difranco you
I used to be a superhero. No one could touch me, not even myself. You are like a phone booth that I somehow stumbled into, And now look at me, I am just like everybody else.
Ani Difranco self
I am still praying for revolution.
Ani Difranco evolution
Some of life's best lessons are learned at the worst times.
Ani Difranco life
Because the world owes me nothing And we owe each other the world.
Ani Difranco world
I am writing graffiti on your body. I am drawing the story of how hard we tried.
Ani Difranco writing
Somedays the line I walk turns out to be straight - Other days the line tends to deviate.
Ani Difranco day
And their eyes are all asking Are you in or are you out? And I think, oh man What is this about? Tonight you can't put me Up on any shelf Cuz I came here alone And I'm gonna leave by myself.
Ani Difranco self
They say that the truth will set you free But then again, so will a lie... It depends if you're trying to get to the promised land Or if you're just trying to get by.
Ani Difranco truth
I’m going to go ahead and go boldly Cuz a little bird told me That jumping is easy That falling is fun Right up ‘til you hit the sidewalk Shivering and stunned.
Ani Difranco you
So we're led by denial like lambs to the slaughter Serving empires of style and carbonated sugar water And the old farm road's a four-lane that leads to the mall And our dreams are all guillotines waiting to fall.
Ani Difranco dreams
My distraction's my defense against this lack of inspiration Against this slow deflation Yeah the further the horizon The more it holds my gaze The foreground's out of focus but you know I kinda hope it's just a phase Just a phase.
Ani Difranco hope
They can call me crazy if I fail All the chance that I need Is one in a million And they can call me brilliant If I succeed…
Ani Difranco crazy
The windows of my soul are made of one way glass Don't bother looking into my eyes If there's something you want to know - just ask.
Ani Difranco soul
Because I know the biggest crime Is just to throw up your hands And say "This has nothing to do with me, I just want to live as comfortably as I can.
Ani Difranco crime
You've got your whole life to do something, And that's not very long. So why don't you give me a call When you're willing to fight For what you think is real, For what you think is right.
Ani Difranco life
Girl, next time he wants to know What your problem is Next time he wants to know Where the anger comes from Just tell him this time the problem's his Tell him the anger just comes It just comes.
Ani Difranco time
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're just flying past.
Ani Difranco past
Now let's get talking: reefer madness. Like some arrogant government can't, By any stretch of the imagination, outlaw a plant.
Ani Difranco men
So I walk like I'm on a mission cuz that's the way I groove. I got more and more to do, I got less and less to prove. It took me too long to realize that I don't take good pictures Cuz I have the kind of beauty that moves.
Ani Difranco beauty
And we hold these truths to be self-evident: Number one-- George W. Bush is not president. Number two-- America is not a true democracy. And, Number three-- the media is not fooling me.
Ani Difranco truth
Now I wonder who is gonna be president: Tweedle Dumb, or Tweedle Dumber-- And who is gonna have the big block buster box office this summer.
Ani Difranco wonder
Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep-- But nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life; Well, you know, there's no escape. That's no excuse. Just suck up and be nice.
Ani Difranco life
My country tis of thee, To take swings at each other on talk-show TV.
Ani Difranco win
Art is why I get up in the morning; my definition ends there. You know it doesn't seem fair, That I'm living for something I can't even define. And there you are right there, in the mean time.
Ani Difranco time
My thighs have been involved in many accidents, And now I can't get insured, And I don't need to be lured by you. My cunt is built like a wound that won't heal, And now you don't have to ask Because you know how I feel.
Ani Difranco man
So my heart finally broke. It was so long bent. And it broke in three places when it finally went. It wanted only to say what it meant. So it suffered every punishment.
Ani Difranco art
'Course numb is an old hat, old as my oldest memories. See that one's my mother, and that one's my father, and that one in the hat, that's me. It's a skill I'd hoped to abandon, when I got out on the open road, But any more pent up emotion and I think I'm gonna explode.
Ani Difranco hope
And I was shocked to see the mistakes of each generation will just fade like a radio station, if we drive out of range.
Ani Difranco mistakes
If you're not angry, you're just stupid, or you don't care.
Ani Difranco you
There's a crowd of people harbored in every person, there are so many roles that we play. And you've decided to love me for eternity. I'm still deciding who I want to be today"
Ani Difranco love
Let's grow old and die together. Let's do it now.
Ani Difranco die
When I need to wipe my face, I use the back of my hand, And I like to take up space just because I can, And I use my dress to wipe up my drink. I care less and less what people think.
Ani Difranco people
So I’ll walk the plank and I’ll jump with a smile. If I’m gonna go down, I’m gonna do it with style, and you won't see me surrender, you won't hear me confess, 'Cuz you've left me with nothing, but i've worked with less.
Ani Difranco work
You know Taken out of context I must Seem so strange.
Ani Difranco strange
And everything seems to have gone terribly wrong that can. But one breath at a time is an acceptable plan, She tells herself.
Ani Difranco time
My life may not be something special But it's never been lived before.
Ani Difranco life
We discovered we are both pleasantly furious half of the time, When we're not just toeing the line.
Ani Difranco time
I was blessed with a birth and a death, and I guess I just want some say in-between.
Ani Difranco death
Freedom and democracy, That's the word from Washington every day. Put America to sleep with warm milk and clich
Ani Difranco war
They put you in your place, and they tell you to behave But no one can be free until we're all on even grade.
Ani Difranco you
Life is a b movie. It's stupid and it's strange, A directionless story, And the dialogue is lame. But in the he said, she said, Sometimes there's some poetry, If you turn your back long enough, And let it happen naturally.
Ani Difranco poetry
I fight with love, and I laugh with rage. You've gotta live light enough to see the humor, And long enough to see some change.
Ani Difranco love
I remember now how our bright spring green deepened. With the years the seasons changed, And we were lush as the underside of August.
Ani Difranco change
Love sets fire to your schedule, And then calls an end to time.
Ani Difranco time
I still define myself by the places that I've been.
Ani Difranco self
I always wanted to be commander-in-chief of my one-woman army, But I can envision the mediocrity of my finest hour.
Ani Difranco man
I know there is strength in the differences between us, And I know there is comfort where we overlap.
Ani Difranco strength
Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall.
Ani Difranco poetry
She says “Do I know you?” I say “Well, no, not biblically, But I've been waiting for you to come and talk to me. I have been playing too many of those boy-girl games.” She says, “Honey, you are safe here. This is a girl-girl thing.”
Ani Difranco man
I am looking for the holes, The holes in your jeans Because I want to know: Are they worn out in the seat, Or are they worn out in the knees?
Ani Difranco you
When we patch things up, They say a job well done. But when we ask the question why Where did the rips come from?, They say we are subversive, And extreme, of course. We are just trying to track a problem to its source.
Ani Difranco job
I always feel I have to take a stand, And there's always someone on hand To hate me for standing there. I always feel I have to open my mouth, And every time I do, I offend someone, somewhere.
Ani Difranco time
But what if no one's watching? What if when we're dead, we are just dead? What if there's no time to lose? What if there's things we gotta do, Things that need to be said?
Ani Difranco time
We have to be able to criticize what we love, Say what we have to say, 'Cause if you're not trying to make something better, Then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
Ani Difranco love
People used to make records, as in the record of an event, the event of people playing music in a room, and now everything's cross-marketing, its about sunglasses and shoes, or guns and drugs that you choose."
Ani Difranco music
My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.
Ani DiFranco feminism
I've been trying to learn how to not be so conflicted about things like my own anger. I've always had a place in my music for my anger as a way of compensating for not having a mechanism to express it in my everyday life. So I've been trying to be more true to myself, and that helps me to chill out a little bit. But politically, uh-uh. No.
Ani DiFranco life
Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.
Ani DiFranco life
Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ani DiFranco time
I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.
Ani DiFranco strength
Patriarchy is like the elephant in the room that we don't talk about, but how could it not affect the planet radically when it's the superstructure of human society.
Ani DiFranco society
I basically get stereotyped a lot in terms of being a girl and writing 'chick' music for teenage girls or something. I think, if anything, the press kind of, because of my gender and my age, tends to kind of relegate my work to this sort of special-interest group. It's part of the cultural dynamic, I guess.
Ani DiFranco writing
I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word 'marriage.' Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights.
Ani DiFranco art
Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends. But, there's nothing like looking at your own history in the faces of your friends.
Ani DiFranco history
I've been a long time coming, and I'll be a long time gone. You've got your whole life to do something, and that's not very long.
Ani DiFranco life
God forbid you be an ugly girl, 'course too pretty is also your doom, 'cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.
Ani DiFranco you
It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me.
Ani DiFranco people
Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if you're not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
Ani DiFranco love
You can't start with imbalance and end with peace, be that in your own body, in an ecosystem or between a government and its people. What we need to strive for is not perfection, but balance.
Ani DiFranco art
Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don't think its fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.
Ani DiFranco living
If I'm gonna go down I'm gonna do it with style. You won't hear me surrender, you won't hear me confess cause you've left me with nothing but I have worked with less.
Ani DiFranco work
I have something to prove, as long as I know there's something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a woman's movement.
Ani DiFranco time
Some people wear their heart up on their sleeve. I wear mine underneath my right pant leg, strapped to my boot.
Ani DiFranco art
A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists. You have this cheap, hideous 'girl power' sort of fad, which I think is pretty benign at best, but at worst, I think it's a way of taking the politics out of feminism and making it some kind of fashion.
Ani DiFranco politics
Taking me seriously is a big mistake. I certainly wouldn't.
Ani DiFranco
I don't care if they eat me alive, I've got better things to do then survive.
Ani DiFranco live
Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked 'other.'
Ani DiFranco sex
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'
Ani DiFranco music
Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.
Ani DiFranco you
My idea of feminism is self-determination, and its very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.
Ani Difranco feminism
Imagine youre a girl, just trying to finally come clean, knowing full well theyd prefer you were dirty and smiling.
Ani Difranco you

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