"You Had Time" as written by and Ani Difranco....
You had time
How can I go home
With nothing to say
I know you're going to look at me that way
And say what did you do out there
And what did you decide
You said you needed time
And you had time

You are a china shop
And I am a bull
You are really good food
And I am full
I guess everything is timing
I guess everything's been said
So I am coming home with an empty head

You'll say did they love you or what
I'll say they love what I do
The only one who really loves me is you
And you'll say girl did you kick some butt
And I'll say I don't really remember
But my fingers are sore
And my voice is too

You'll say it's really good to see you
You'll say I missed you horribly
You'll say let me carry that
Give that to me
And you will take the heavy stuff
And you will drive the car
And I'll look out the window and make jokes
About the way things are

How can I go home
With nothing to say
I know you're going to look at me that way
And say what did you do out there
And what did you decide
You said you needed time
And you had time


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"You Had Time" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentThis song is so important to me. It makes me think of leaving my childhood, the place I grew up and going to university and feeling like I have to try and be all the things I'm expected to be. Not that I've got pushy parents, I mean that I have to be myself and stand up for myself, and that's what my Mum emphasised to me... and it's hard to know how to be yourself whilst being your parent's child at the same time, knowwhutimean? :P

    But to me it's also very much about a friend I have who I've fallen out with. The lines

    You are a chinashop and I am a bull
    You are really good food and I am full

    It doesn't mean you don't love someone or appreciate them... you might just need time on your own.
    Cornflakezon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song. Live. Ani writes great songs; this one is just beautiful.
    manogrrlieon May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow what else is there to say
    yeahyouknowmeon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing, pure and simple.
    WishYouWereHereon September 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlovely lovely lovely. this was mine & my exgirlfriends song. oh the heartbreaking memories. this song makes me cry everytime i hear it. so beautiful.
    you had timeon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe piano at the beginning is supposed to be a look at the process of creating a song (im sure thats not how she really does it, but its interesting all the same). when she hits on the tune the guitar comes in and... its beautiful. i think this is her best song.

    "you are a china shop and i am a bull
    you are really good food and i am full"

    that has to be the nicest way to dump someone, ever.
    1832on June 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthow can i come home with nothign to say???


    that line means so much to me its unbelieveable, its eems like i never have anythign to say not matter how much tikme peopel give me
    intoodeepon September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful. I can listen to this song over and over and never get tired of it
    Anraon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is s very beautiful song, and it's about Ani breaking up with someone after touring. She had time to think and decided not to continue with the relationship. It is a very sad song. It's very sensitive and sweet and i suppose a lot of people can relate to it. I love Ani Difranco's music...she's just so talented. She makes me feel inadequate and jealous, and at the same time, she relaxes me and challenges my mind and i like that about her.
    Licion October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA swedish guy covered this song and did it really good.
    not as slow as ani does it..
    so even if you can'y understand the words I would download it. you know he original words from here so..

    "Lars Winnerbäck - Du hade tid"

    so, now did I learn you some swedish at the same time
    du hade tid
    you had time

    ;)
    Mankeron December 07, 2004   Link

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