"Callous" as written by and Ani Difranco....
You cried and you cried and you cried wolf
So it took me a minute to understand
That you really were hurt bad
That day you deeply cut your hand
And then that look that you gave me
Sent me rushing through guilt's door
I'd already started to feel callous
Like I really should care more

It was my work that kept me upright
So you called it a crutch
While I drifted off
Into dreams of such and such
And by the time we'd come full circle
We knew exactly what to do
Just keep looking at the triangle
Instead of what it's pointing to

But you can't will yourself happy
You can't will your cunt wet
You can't keep standing at the station
Pretending you're being met
You can't wear a sign that says 'yours'
When that ain't what you get

It flows and flows away from me
My love is a stream
Your love is a vaudeville show
So charming and obscene
We both had our moments
We both had our fun
And then I hated to prove 'em all right
All those who said I'd run

But you can't will yourself happy
You can't will your cunt wet
You can't keep standing at the station
Pretending you're being met
You can't keep wearing a sign that says 'yours'
When that ain't what you get


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"Callous" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentI get the feeling this is about her divorce-- you think? I love this song, how she sings the chorus (refrain?)
    precipitateon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never really thought about it but yeah, it sort of sounds like the song is about her divorce.

    "and by the time we'd come full circle
    we knew exactly what to do
    just keep looking at the triangle
    instead of what it's pointing to"

    Particularly good lyric. This is a very gorgeous song of hers.

    -Katie. xoxo.
    Disposition___on January 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthmm when I heard it I guess it didn't hit me as a song about divorce, but rather a woman in a relationship where she didn't care about anything....thus being callous...but she knew she should care more, she just didn't care.
    Heather200408on February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely about her divorce. Maybe not in the completely literal sense, but it was no doubt influenced by it.

    Very haunting, and you gotta love the wonderful Mr. Andrew Bird's whistling in the background!
    artsluton May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFalling out of love, not being able to pretend anymore.

    "but you can't will yourself happy
    you can't will your cunt wet
    you can't keep standing at the station
    pretending you're being met
    you can't wear a sign that says 'yours'
    when that ain't what you get"

    amazing lyrics.
    missmeon April 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment "You can't keep standing at the station pretending you're being met"
    "You can't wear a sign that says 'yours' when that ain't what you get"

    (No shit!)

    When you keep sticking it out for all the wrong reasons you do become callous as a means of suvival just to get through the day. I don't want to be that person- numb and shackled. So many people stay in love-less relationships for fear of "proving them all right", not wanting to be looked at as a failure, and/or fear of being alone.
    ndenialon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment "You can't keep standing at the station pretending you're being met"
    "You can't wear a sign that says 'yours' when that ain't what you get"

    (No shit!)

    When you keep sticking it out for all the wrong reasons you do become callous as a means of suvival just to get through the day. I don't want to be that person- numb and shackled. So many people stay in love-less relationships for fear of "proving them all right", not wanting to be looked at as a failure, and/or fear of being alone.
    ndenialon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General Comment "You can't keep standing at the station pretending you're being met"
    "You can't wear a sign that says 'yours' when that ain't what you get"

    (No shit!)

    When you keep sticking it out for all the wrong reasons you do become callous as a means of suvival just to get through the day. I don't want to be that person- numb and shackled. So many people stay in love-less relationships for fear of "proving them all right", not wanting to be looked at as a failure, and/or fear of being alone.
    ndenialon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentoops sorry about the multiple postings. Don't know how that happened and not sure how to delete it.
    ndenialon May 17, 2009   Link

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