Ani DiFranco:32 Flavors

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“32 Flavors”
Artist: Ani DiFranco
Albums: Not a Pretty Girl (1995)


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 want to 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 porchlights
just so I would think they were not home
and hid in the dark of their windows
till I passed and left them alone

God help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbours 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 smoulder with jealousy
well you are just flying past

and I never try to give my life meaning
by demeaning you
but I would like to state for the record
I did everything that I could do
I'm not sayint that I am a saint
I just don't wanna 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 32 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 are starving
and eating all of the words that you said