LYRICAL GEM NO.1 – “32 Flavors” by Ani Difranco

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I love music for its combination of feeling evoked by sound and meaning derived from lyric.  “32 Flavors” by Ani Difranco is one of my most favorite songs of all time for these reasons.  This song helped me to realize that it’s okay to be different from “the norm”, and has helped me to learn about the kind of person I’ve wanted most to be.  I quote the entire song because without each word, meaning would otherwise be lost.

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Squint your eyes and look 

closer, I’m not between you and your ambition;

I am a poster girl with no poster, I am 32 flavors, and then some.

And I’m beyond your peripheral vision, so you might wanna turn your head;

‘Cause someday you are gonna 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 to 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 never tried 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 am a saint, I just don’t want to live that way;

No, I will never be a saint ohh, 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 32 flavors, and then some.

And I’m beyond your peripheral vision, so you might wanna turn your head;

‘Cause someday you might find you are starving, and eating all of the words you said.

~ “32 Flavors” by Ani Difranco ~

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  8. Wow, that’s amazing. Never heard it before, and I really like it. Thank you. I read the lyrics first just so the song could really absorb when I watched the video, and it did. ~ I also love your tags for this post. ~ B

    • Hah, Thank you! I didn’t know people even looked those!! I’ve been trying to get my blog better organized and do the stuff they say is good to do for more traffic etc. Not that I have to have more traffic, I’m terribly appreciative of all one-hundred fifty-two present right now. Actually, doesn’t sound so much like I am now that I’m saying that. Hmm…something to ponder…

      Well anyways, I’m glad you liked the song and hope you like some of what’s more to come!! Have a great day ;0)

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