"Red Letter Year" as written by and Ani Difranco....
New years eve we dropped mushrooms
And danced around the house
Making music with everything that we found
Incantation replaced resolution
And we vowed to allow each perfection
That we could be
And the goddess sent word
That this would be a red letter year
They didn't mention how much shit was gonna change around here

It's just as well we weren't swollen with unfocused dread
We had visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads
Dancing in our heads

First you go under and then you coming up gives you bends
And when you break the surface
And all you see is your friends
So you grab your purple crayon
And flush out the picture behind
And finally the whole world is made of one unbroken line
One unbroken line

And when you wake up sick as a dog
With dull eyes and really bad hair
Standing under a lit sign with the words on air
And the water is rising
It's coming in everywhere
Just remember you are there
You're always, always there.

And representing the white race
A man with a monkey for a face
Is flying over in his helicopter
Whistling dixie and playing dumb

In a town that might put a gun to your throat
Or rip the roof right off your place
There's a mold crawling up the walls
And falling asleep in your lungs
And you and I both know how to drink some
We will always have work in this town
Besides the police are stationed at the bridge
And they're preventing passage to higher ground

So let's pull up some barstools
And get ourselves a ringside seat
For one unnerving moment
They're gonna show the truth on T.V


Lyrics submitted by Megaira

"Red Letter Year" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentVERY different from most of her stuff. I didn't like it so much at first, but it's totally growing on me the more and more I listen to it.

    The first half makes me think of drug addiction. From the first line about dropping shrooms to the line ...

    first you go under and then you coming up gives you bends

    I saw that as getting and being high is fun but then coming down sucks. Then the line ...
    and when you wake up sick as a dog
    with dull eyes and really bad hair

    reminds me of a hang over.

    The second half of the song, now that you said that, I can totally see Katrina

    This is the second half that was left out

    and representing the white race
    a man with a monkey for a face
    is flying over in his helicopter
    whistling dixie and playing dumb


    in a town that might put a gun to your throat
    or rip the roof right off your place
    there's a mold crawling up the walls
    and falling asleep in your lungs
    and you and i both know how to drink some
    we will always have work in this town
    besides the police are stationed at the bridge
    and they're preventing passage to higher ground


    so let's pull up some barstools
    and get ourselves a ringside seat
    for one unnerving moment
    they're gonna show the truth on TV

    RedLetterYearon November 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really can't figure out what this one's about, but I like the voice distortion and the song sounds really sad...
    Themeaningon October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo i just saw her in concert the day before yesterday and she played this song (AWESOME) and before she did she said it was about Katrina and New Orleans so I guess that explains most of it. An you do realize you left out like half the song?
    Themeaningon October 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah! she said this was about Katrina at her concert, she said it's her perspective on things at the time, so it was probably drunken and belligerent lol.

    everyone laughed at the george bush reference.
    supernovvaon February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat. A. Gorgeous. Song.
    tigermoonon March 04, 2009   Link

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