"In the Margins" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Such an intent stare
One eye at a time
Your talons like fish hooks

You are a rare bird
The kind I wouldn't even mind
Writing in the margins of my books

Sometimes I see myself
Through the eyes of a stray dog
From an alley across the street
And my whole mission just seems so finite
My whole saga just seems so cheap

I mean I know that now is all there is
And love just makes you cry
So I live for the sight of a rare bird
Suddenly flying by

And I meet your stare
One eye at a time
Writing in the margins of my mind

Sometimes I see myself
Through the eyes of a stray dog
From an alley across the street
And my whole mission just seems so finite
My whole saga just seems so cheap

And that's when your song calls to me
From way up in a tree
And I look up and the whole world
Is as it should be



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"In the Margins" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentWow...this song means a lot to me, but I can't explain why.
    AugustOfOmahaon October 05, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"i mean i know that now is all there is
    and love will just make you cry
    so i live for the sight of a rare bird
    suddenly flying by"

    ..beautiful. one of my favorites.
    staceykon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's this air of subdued beauty or something in the first few songs on 'Reprieve' that is almost too intense, and I think this is my favorite one of them. Can't say anything about the meaning right now since I'm kind of overwhelmed (listening to the song right now), sorry.
    shadowmatteron May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just recently heard this song. I Love Ani Difranco, but never heard this one previously. It is SUCH a beautiful song.......one of my all-time favorite songs, for sure.

    I think the message of it is something like: Our lives can be very painful and sometimes seem meaningless, but all we have is the moment. If we are open to the moment, we'll see and experience beauty and meaning (to me, that's what the bird represents.) If we're always caught up in thinking about the past/future, we miss the innocence and power of the moment. We need to be mindful and clear-eyed to really experience life and love in it's fullest colors.

    It's an Amazing song by an Amazing artist. Ani DiFranco is my favorite artist - her music has changed my life for the better and helped me through some difficult times.
    LavenderDreamson January 24, 2014   Link

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