"Half-Assed" as written by and Ani Difranco....
You start tripping
And I start slipping away
I was taught to zip it
If I got nothing nice to say

And down in the Texas of my heart
Driving a really big truck
Headed down a dirt road
My love is scrunching up its features
The really big eyes, big lips, big nose

Just show me a moment that is mine
Its beauty blinding and unsurpassed
Make me forget every moment that went by
And left me so half-hearted
'cause I felt it so half-assed

You are an unruly, translucent
A dirty windshield with a shifting view
So many cunning running landscapes
For my dented door to open into

I just wanna tune out all the billboards
Weld myself a mental shield
I just wanna put down all the pressures
And feel how I really feel

Just show me a moment that is mine
Its beauty blinding and unsurpassed
Make me forget every moment that went by
And left me so half-hearted
'cause I felt it so half-assed

Spring is super in the supermarkets
And the strawberries prance and glow
Never mind that they're all kinda tart
And tasteless as strawberries go

Meanwhile, wild things are not for sale
Anymore than they are for show
So I'll be outside
In love with the kind of beauty
It takes more than eyes to know

Just show me a moment that is mine
Its beauty blinding and unsurpassed
And I'll forget every moment that went by
And left me so half-hearted
'cause I felt it so half-assed



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"Half-Assed" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentThis is my favorite on the excellent Reprieve.

    This section here

    I just wanna tune out all the billboards
    weld myself a mental shield
    I just wanna put down all the pressures
    and feel how I really feel

    I cried when I heard it the first time, because it was so carthatic. This is another of those Ani songs where you feel like it is a rebuke and an exhortation at the same time.
    xinniefulon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus and this verse are my favorites:
    "spring is super
    in supermarkets
    and the strawberries prance and glow
    nevermind that they're all kinda tart and tasteless
    as strawberries go
    meanwhile, wild things are not for sale
    anymore than they are for show
    so I'll be outside, in love with the kind of beauty
    it takes more than eyes to know"

    It's pretty self-explanitory.
    Saynaon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust one question - HOW are there only 2 comments on this song???

    Definitely a track for anyone who's ever felt stifled by expectations and the social boxes that everyone (loved ones included) put you in, so that you can never really be yourself, and in the end you just want out, want to "weld myself a mental shield... put down all the pressures and feel how I really feel"

    Stunning.
    lxa601on June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love that this song; I feel like it's describing wanting to really feel alive, living exactly how you mean to, and being who you are. The line "make me forget every moment that went by and left me so half-hearted 'cause I felt it so half-assed" always gets me, because I feel like I don't appreciate the fullness of moments. People are walking around, living life half-assed.
    feaadon January 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song deserves vinyl or live or something. i've never heard it any other way, but i feel like my computer and my ipod don't sit right with it. singing it is nice though
    littlegreendannyon February 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI saw Ani singing this song live, it's so raw. apparently she wrote it when she went to london a couple of years ago, she opened her 2015 europe tour with it in London when I went to see her. brilliant song.
    gleestaron December 03, 2015   Link

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