"Roll With It" as written by and Ani Difranco....
She says my ass hurts
When I sit down
She says my feet hurt
From just standing around
I think my body
Is as restless as my mind
And I don't know if I can roll with it
This time

Packed his uniforms
And drove him to the base
She was crying all the way
The world looked her in the face
And said
Roll with it, baby
Make it your career
Keep the home fires burning
Till America is in the clear

The mainstream is so polluted with lies
Once you get wet, it's so hard to get dry
We're all taught how to justify
History
As it passes by
And it's your world
That comes crashing down
When the big boys decide
To throw their weight around
But just roll with it baby
Make it your career
Keep the home fires burning
Till America is in the clear

What if the enemy
Isn't in a distant land
What if the enemy lies behind
The voice of command
The sound of war
Is a child's cry
Behind tinted windows,
They just drive by
All I know is that those
Who are going to be killed
Aren't those who preside
On capitol hill
I told him,
Don't fill the front lines
Of their war
Those assholes aren't worth dying for
But he said
Roll with it, baby
Make it your career
Keep the home fires burning
Till America is in the clear

She says my ass hurts
When I sit down
She says my feet hurt
From just standing around
I think my body is as restless as my mind
And I'm not gonna roll with it this time
No, I'm not gonna roll with it this time


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"Roll with It" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentI'm not sure what the message is behind this song and it's 5:06AM and i can't be bothered to find out quite frankly! However, i love Ani Difranco, and i do love the song. You don't need to know the meaning to know this is her usual musical genius coming out to play.
    Licion October 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentshes getting pissed off about people always telling her to "roll with it" meaning to face facts and stop trying to change the world-- she feels that people should be active, take a stand, and try to change things.......
    L-E-7on December 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis isn't exactly what the song is about but it makes me think how much this pisses me off: people complain about all their problems whether they're major or petty, but then when I have a problem with something, im looked down upon as being a bitch or trying to make things difficult..im just expected to "roll with it"..since ani is also a feminist, possibly shes saying how women are always accused of being over-dramatic, therefore, they feel as if they have to just roll with it, and hide their disagreeing emotions & thoughts..and i agree with L-E7's point of view on the song as well
    x_soulrebel_xon February 22, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationThis clearly an anti-war song about the ravages of war and how completely pointless she sees it as.

    "Packed his uniforms
    And drove him to the base
    She was crying all the way"

    Military wife suffering the consequences of war: missing her husband, fearing his death in combat.

    Then there's reference to the phrase "Roll with it" throughout the song which is just another way of saying "Suck it it. Don't complain. Just take it." Who is saying this? Well, the men in charge who spin propaganda and don't spare any attention to the actual suffering. By their silence they might as well be saying "Roll with it, baby." "Baby" being a key word here as it adds an extra level of head-patting condescension, mostly from adult to child, that indicates a lack of actual seriousness about all of this.

    "The mainstream is so polluted with lies"
    This is obvious. She's saying the news/mass-media is a puppet for government propaganda and is wholly unconcerned with truth.

    "Make it your career" (i.e: Join the army.)

    "Keep the home fires burning
    Till America is in the clear"
    Propoganda. This totally sounds like a tag line that would be printed on one of those army ad posters circa WWll.

    "What if the enemy
    Isn't in a distant land
    What if the enemy lies behind
    The voice of command"
    What if the real threat is not some peoples of a foreign country, but instead the very people who are leading our nation?

    "And it's your world
    That comes crashing down
    When the big boys decide
    To throw their weight around"
    She calls the leaders and officials "big boys" because the people in positions of power all throughout America are and always have been predominantly men. To "throw their weight around" points to the fact that most declarations of war are power plays and created to dominate another land in some way and it is childish.

    "Who are going to be killed
    Aren't those who preside
    On capitol hill"
    It's easy to make the executive decisions to send the people of the country to war when you are in congress, insulated from having to do the actual dirty work.

    "She says my ass hurts
    When I sit down"
    Don't know. Maybe a reference to the rape of women in the military?

    "I told him,
    Don't fill the front lines
    Of their war
    Those assholes aren't worth dying for"
    Ha. She is awesome. I love how, in her performance, she really drew out the word "assholes". "Those ASSHOOOOLES aren't worth dying for"

    "I think my body is as restless as my mind
    And I'm not gonna roll with it this time
    No, I'm not gonna roll with it this time"

    And neither should we.
    MetaGalon March 14, 2013   Link

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