"Gratitude" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Thank you
For letting me stay here
Thank you for taking me in
Thank you
For the beer and the food
Thank you
For loaning me bus fare
Thank you for showing me around
That was a very kind thing to do
Thank you
For the use of the clean towel
Thank you for half of your bed
We can sleep here like brother and sister,
You said

But you changed the rules
In an hour or two
And I don't know what you
And your sisters do
But please don't
Please stop
This is not my obligation
What does my body have to do
With my gratitude?

Look at you
Little white lying
For the purpose of justifying
What you're trying to do
I know that you feel my resistance
I know that you heard what I said
Otherwise you wouldn't need the excuse

Thank you
For letting me stay here
Thank you for taking me in
I don't know where else
I would have turned
But I don't come and go
Like a pop song
That you can play incessantly
And then forget when it's gone
You can't write me off
And you don't turn me on

So don't change the rules
In an hour or two
I don't know what you and your
Sisters do
But please don't
Please stop
This is not my obligation
What does my body have to do
With my gratitude?


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"Gratitude" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General Commenti feel empowered, but in a strengthening way... as in seeing others pain can cause me to be fiercer
    regardemylasheskgmon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song has gotten me through so much pain. ani is my strength sometimes. =)

    "what does my body have to do with my gratitude?"

    FUCK YOU.
    sapphireskieson September 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA wonderful song with an appreciably strong message; I discovered it some years ago and still return to it. I hope that Ani never had to go through the horrendous situation of which she writes.
    dreamfaceon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentShe went through this situation while staying in London. She was given board, but the room she was going to stay in was still to be occupied for a few days by thisssss guy. Backstory from her concert at Carnegie Hall.
    ShocolatQuicheon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like the lyrics to the song. I just dont like the way she sings it.
    XxteenxheartsxXon August 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I lucked in to this sweet deal... I could sublet his room except there was a catch - he was gonna be there for two more days... yeah any female at this point has translated that into two more nights." - Ani 4.10.02 Carnegie Hall
    Hammuson January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe line ...

    and i don't know what you
    and your sisters do

    cracks me up. I love that she can be singing about something very serious but still find light in the situation.

    But I really hate this line ...

    but please don't
    please stop

    So un-ani like from the norm. She's usually very strong saying things like "Fuck you Very much" in songs like State Lines. She just seems like a powerless victim in this one. Still LOVE the song though
    RedLetterYearon November 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPossibly the most important song of my college years...was "instrumental" in my recovery/healing process. I think it actually taught me about empowerment in a way I didn't understand before. Although I can't revisit it really because everything just comes bubbling up. Which just goes to say, recovery from this kind of experience is not a linear progression, and it's never complete. I think Ani gets that.
    sadgreeneyeson April 17, 2009   Link

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