"Your Fire Your Soul" as written by and Dar Williams....
Button up that shirt you're supposed to wear.
Don't forget your airline ticket or to brush your hair,
Show that family that you care.
But could you wear something that celebrates
Everything you love, and maybe what your family hates.
'Cause that might be what it takes.

It's your fire, it's your soul, you shouldn't have to go.
It's your fire, it's your soul, you shouldn't have to go.

First thing they'll say's take off your shoes,
And they'll say they want your story, but they get confused,
By all those words you use.
A year ago your car went off a cliff,
And you saw an angel in midair who said you'd live.
Well, that's a story you can give.

It's your fire, it's your soul, you shouldn't have to go.
Your fire, your soul, you shouldn't have to go.

And they'll say, "You're family, you belong to us.
You can stay at home and have our love and trust,
But any day now one of us could die,
And if we make you suffer don't you want to find out why,
'Cause we love to watch you try,
With your fire, your soul, your soul.
It's your fire, it's your fire, it's your fire.

Then you'll fly home and get the flu,
And you'll keep staring at the ground, you always do,
When they get their time with you.
You are not a punching bag, my dear,
I think your darkest day should have some light this year,
I think you should stay right here.

It's your fire, it's your soul, you shouldn't have to go.
It's your fire, it's your soul, you shouldn't have to go.


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"Your Fire Your Soul" as written by Dar Williams

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    General CommentI feel like this song is about a girl who's been away at college and is taking a trip home to visit her family for the first time since she's left. She has changed a lot since she's been gone and has finally become her true self, but her family won't accept her that way. She has to put on a show and pretend to be something she's not. I can relate to this a lot.
    stagemanager86on February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI also think this is about somebody returning to his/her family ("You're family, you belong to us"). And it could well be somebody who goes home after college. But I also listened to it as somebody who goes to see his/her parents/family with Christmas ("I think your darkest day should have some light this year"). His (girl)friend does not want him/her to go, because his/her family is not very supportive - actually, they're abusive... But this person does go home every year - after all, it is Christmas... So every year they put him/her down. His/her fire, his/her soul gets hurt. And the singer of this song can not sit back and watch this happen anymore...
    tugiton December 02, 2010   Link

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