He said, "You've gotten tough"
'Cause my tone was curt.
Yeah and when I'm approached in a dark alley,
I don't lift my skirt.
In the city, self-preservation is a full time occupation.
I'm determined to survive on this shore.
You know I don't avert my eyes anymore.
In a man's world, I am a woman by birth.
And after nineteen times around,
I have found they will stop what you are worth.
Talk to me now.
I played the powerless in too many dark scenes,
And I was blessed with a birth and a death,
And I guess I just wanted some say in between.
Don't you understand?
In the day to day and the face to face,
I have to act just as strong as I can
Just to preserve a place where I can be who I am.



Lyrics submitted by aur0ra, edited by floorbags

"Talk to Me Now" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General Comment:I just wanna say that i love ani... and if i could, i would comment on every last song on this list, but i cant... so yeah... lo siento.... Ani rocks my world
    SpaceCase914on October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I can't believe you're the only other one that has commented on the sheer beauty of this song!! its so soft and true, yet hard too. i just cant put what im thinking into words but ill be back..
    bleedingmaskarahon June 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think this song is about being a woman in a world that remains difficult for a woman. shes not a slut (she doesnt lift her skirt). shes tough because the world makes her so. "they will stop at nothing once they know what you are worth"... theyll beat you down until you start to beat yourself. bshes just trying to preserve her sense of self. this song is truly amazing.
    bleedingmaskarahon June 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:ani is truley amazing. this song makes me feel good about being who i am.
    specialK37on April 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song makes me think that Ani may have been raped, or maybe threatened at some point of her life. Perhaps this song is about surviving that. Does anyone know?
    oh, and yeah...it's fantastically beautiful.
    Yuyion April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about what we face out in the world as women, and she's explaining why the way she is.

    If your tone is curt sometimes, if you wont "lift your skirt" for some guy, you get called "tough" (or unfeminine or whatever). Ani describes how she is the way she is because for a woman to survive, requires defence mechanisms. There are some references to how women's options are limited (she just wants "some say in between").

    I echo the sentiments of masked sarah :)
    plonkehon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about what we face out in the world as women, and she's explaining why the way she is.

    If your tone is curt sometimes, if you wont "lift your skirt" for some guy, you get called "tough" (or unfeminine or whatever). Ani describes how she is the way she is because for a woman to survive, requires defence mechanisms. There are some references to how women's options are limited (she just wants "some say in between").

    I echo the sentiments of masked sarah :)
    plonkehon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:i think that the "they will stop at nothing" part means that when a guy finds out how good a woman really is, he will stop at nothing to get her.
    plasmaHDon October 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Very empowering song. Makes me proud to be a strong woman in a world that attempts to chew everyone up (regardless of gender, race, creed etc) and spit them out.
    RedLetterYearon November 16, 2008   Link

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