You do it for the joy it brings
Because you're a joyful girl
Because the world owes me nothing
And we owe each other the world
I do it cause it's the least I can do
I do it cause I learned it from you
I do it just because I want to
Just because I want to

Everything I do is judged
And mostly they get it wrong Oh well
The bathroom mirror has not budged
And the woman who lives there can tell The truth from the stuff that they say
And she looks me in the eye
And says...
'Would you prefer it the easy way?
No?
Well, okay then ...
Don't cry'

I wonder if everything I do
I do instead
Of something I want to do more
The question fills my head
I know there's no grand plan here
This is just the way it goes
When everything else seems unclear
I guess at least I know
You do it for the joy it brings
Because you'e a joyful girl
Because the world owes me nothing
And we owe each other the world
I do it, it's the least I can do
I do it, I learned it from you you I do it just because I want to Just because I want to


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  • +1
    General Commenti wish ani and dave played this together.

    my two fav. guitarists...
    DMBgirl267on October 28, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Comment*This is a unique interpretation of Ani DiFranco's 'Joyful Girl'. A cover by Soulive, it features Dave Matthews. Just listen to the music...
    Dave's ability to play with words so gracefully is not only genius, but is also so important in todays seemingly dry reserve of good lyricists... yes, they are Ani's lyrics... but Dave sings the song so much more meaningfully. It's just beautiful...
    fallinstarson January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDont you just love the cover songs dave chooses...

    the image of man is composed of both male and female together. Daves idea of Love in perfection is God himself loving mankind. as dave sees himself as the Lords chaste virgin...the joyful girl.

    just being to be loved..

    daves giving us an insight here..its his joy he finds within his percfect union.
    Me2on June 22, 2005   Link

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