"Shroud" as written by and Ani Difranco....
I had to leave the house of fashion
Go forth naked from its doors
'cause women should be allies
Not competitors

And I had to leave the house of God
'cause Cross replaced the wheel
And the goddesses were out in the garden
With the plants that nourish and heal

I had to leave the house of privilege
Spend Christmas homeless and feeling bad
To learn that privilege is a headache
That you don't know, that you don't have

And I had to leave the house of television
To start noticing the clouds
It's amazing the stuff you see
When you finally shed that shroud

I had to leave the house of conformity
In order to make art
I had to be more or less true
To learn to tell the two apart

And I had to leave the house of fear
Just about as soon as I could crawl
Ignore my face on the 'Wanted' posters
Stuck to the post office wall

I had to leave the house of self-importance
To doodle my first tattoo
Realize a tattoo is no more permanent
Than I am

And who ever said that life is suffering
I think they had their finger on the pulse of joy
Ain't the power of transcendence
The greatest one we can employ?

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"Shroud" as written by Ani Difranco


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    General Comment"i had to leave the house of god
    cuz the cross replaced the wheel"
    She's talking about Christianity replacing paganism, because the wheel is a pagan symbol. The goddesses line suggests that the paganism was more woman-friendly than Christianity is.
    moonwatcheron April 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's almost like "the meaning of life"...all these things you have to lose to find something more important and something more real.
    aniforpres08on March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentStrip down!!! That's it...
    astridronderoon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, but I find it hard to explain what it means exactly. I feel like she's trying to find the truth of the matter, and sometimes it's hard to hear and she's had to make sacrifices in order to gain the wisdom she needs.
    feaadon January 13, 2008   Link

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