"Recoil" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Come home and my guitar has nothing to say to me
I've recoiled from all my friends
And then I'm in misery
Been so long since I've been held
Really, since I was his
Probably just need to be held
That probably all it is

Course then I think of my dad
Who time travels mostly now
Back to when he was free
And holding out hope somehow
Who sits all day in a line
Of wheelchairs against a wall
Inventing ways to play out time
Like us all
Like us all

To all the people out there tonight
Who are comforting themselves
If you should happen to see my light
You can stop and ring my bell
I'm just sittin' here in this sty
Strewn with half-written songs
Taking one breath at a time
Nuthin' much going on
Nuthin' much going on

Little flashing zero
On my answering machine
That's scratching at my pain,
Brain shuffling his feet
Guess I have my father's heart
And it may or may not keep on trying
Can't really tell you what it is
Keeps me this side of that dark line

But I'm not here to take care of him
And I'm not here to take care of me
I'm going outside to watch the house burn down
Across the street
I'm going outside to watch the house burn down
Across the street

Come home and my guitar has nothing to say to me
I've recoiled from all my friends
And then I'm in misery
Been so long since I've been held
Really, since I was his
Probably just need to be held
That probably all it is

To all the people out there tonight
Who are comforting themselves
If you should happen to see my light
You can stop and ring my bell
I'm just sittin' here in this sty
Strewn with half-written songs
Taking one breath at a time
Nuthin' much going on
Nuthin' much going on


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"Recoil" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General Commentwhat a beautifully sad song.
    fromawireon April 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not exactly sure how to explain this song. All I can say is that it expresses the state of loneliness perfectly.
    thespeedordarkon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe line " little flashing zero on my answreing machine" , is perfect
    DMBgirl267on November 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is very subjective, but it feels like she has had a truly rough day and gone home to hide away by herself. she tries to rationalise and normalise how she feels, "probably just need to be held, that's probably all it is" then she tries to help herself by helping others, "to all the people out there tonight, who are comforting themselves, if you should happen to see my light, you can stop and ring my bell"
    to me, that is that feeling of loneiness when you want somebody near, and you want to protect them from what you are feeling.
    jess-kaon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was trying to pick a few lines out of this song to put in my away message, and I had difficulty. I ended up putting in three entire verses.

    The first verse = perfect description of everything in my life right now. I also love the chorus, and the "answering machine" line... sigh. So amazing. I love this woman.
    HappyEmo1on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt does indeed sum up loneliness perfectly.

    "been so long since i've been held
    really, since i was his
    probably just need to be held
    that's probably all it is"

    --what amazing lines.
    missmeon April 14, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI feel this song is not only about loneliness but also her father that died the summer before and how she wasn't really around and now she feels what he feels lonely. I feel she is mourning her father and how she wanted to be more like he and that a piece of him will always be in her heart.
    and i love this song and Ani Difranco
    Chioma15on November 26, 2012   Link

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