"Ant in Alaska" as written by and Liz Phair....
Call me when you think the coast is clear
I've been hiding out almost a year
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy
You said if I waited it'd pay off
But my eyes are growing wild and my body's gone soft
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

You said I should let go of your hand
But I don't even know if I can
You're the only one
You are the very sun to me
And you know it's not easy

You'd tell me, wouldn't you, if we needed to talk?
And you'd tell me, wouldn't you, if I'd pissed you off?
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

Well, I look at the stars and I know you're under them
I look at the cars and I know you insure them
I look at the books and things people are reading
I know that you've written them, too
You've got so many little things to do
But then I look at my life and I know you've forgotten
The promise you made to me
I think that's rotten
I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound anymore
Coming through that can show me around
'Cause I'm endlessly, endlessly searching the crowd
Looking for something from you
Just one fucking measly clue
Any shitty little tip-off would do
But I'm just an ant in Alaska to you

Then I look at the stars and I know you're under them
I look at the cars and I know you insure them
I look at the books and the things people are reading
I know that you've written them, too
You've got so many little things to do
But then I look at my life and I know you've forgotten
The promise you made to me
I think that's rotten
I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound anymore
Coming through that could show me around
'Cause I'm endlessly, endlessly searching the crowd
Looking for something from you
Just one fucking measly clue
Any shitty little tip-off would do
But I'm just and ant in Alaska to you
I'm just an ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska to you


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    General CommentI really like this.
    ComparedPallidon July 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about still caring for someone that let go of you...and you're obviously nowhere near as important to them as they are to you.
    missmeon December 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso the lyrics are great how he means everything in the world to her, yet she's so meaningless to him.
    missmeon December 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think, next to Perfect World, this is my favorite Liz Phair song. Liz has always been brutally honest and open but this is her at her most vulnerable and emotional. I think just about anyone who has been in a failed relationship can relate to this song. The song is evidently about a guy who stops communicating with his girlfriend or someone who cares deeply about him with no given explanation. "

    You'd tell me, wouldn't you, if we needed to talk?
    And you'd tell me, wouldn't you, if I'd pissed you off?
    Is there something wrong?
    What's taking you so long?

    These questions are driving her mad and eating away at her as she has no explanations or answers why he doesn't speak to her anymore.

    I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound anymore
    Coming through that could show me around
    'Cause I'm endlessly, endlessly searching the crowd
    Looking for something from you
    Just one fucking measly clue
    Any shitty little tip-off would do

    The ant in alaska line means she is just a tiny, tiny, insignificant part of his grand life. How many people have waited with their cell phones in their hands waiting for a call or a text from someone they care about but no message ever comes through and you're waiting and searching for an answer why they won't call you or communicate with you? I think this song is even more relevant today with the onslaught of new technological media such as cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites. Searching for those answers and anticipating contact with a someone you like becomes even more maddening because there are now so many other communication outlets. This is such an amazing song and it's almost mind-boggling that it never ended up on one of Liz's official releases, just the re-release of Guyville.

    bobo5467on August 28, 2009   Link

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