Sunday, May 07, 2006

Song Critique - Ani Difranco "32 Flavors"

"thirty two 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
till 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

I was introduced to Ani's music through a good friend. At first I thought her songs were too mellow and light which is generally not my type of music. However, after I listened to this song I completely changed my mind. I found "32 Flavors" to be as deep as it is inspiring. One message I got out of this song is pretty much a philosophy I've always held. No matter who you are, society can always find a way to try to bring you down, but it's up to you to prove them wrong. Don't try to be anything other than what you are and focus on the things that make you unique. Eventually you will surpass everyone's expectations and they'll end up eating their words- which to me is all the gratification I would need.

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