when i was four years old
they tried to test my i.q.
they showed me a picture
of 3 oranges and a pear
they said,
which one is different?
it does not belong
they taught me different is wrong
but when i was 13 years old
i woke up one morning
thighs covered in blood
like a war
like a warning
that i live in a breakable takeable body
an ever increasingly valuable body
that a woman had come in the night to replace me
deface me
see
my body is borrowed
yeah, i got it on loan
for the time in between my mom and some maggots
i don't need anyone to hold me
i can hold my own
i got highways for stretchmarks
see where i've grown
i sing sometimes
like my life is at stake
'cause you're only as loud
as the noises you make
i'm learning to laugh as hard
as i can listen
'cause silence
is violence
in women and poor people
if more people were screaming then i could relax
but a good brain ain't diddley
if you don't have the facts
we live in a breakable takeable world
an ever available possible world
and we can make music
like we can make do
genius is in a back beat
backseat to nothing if you're dancing
especially something stupid
like i.q.
for every lie i unlearn
i learn something new
i sing sometimes for the war that i fight
'cause every tool is a weapon
if you hold it right


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    General Commenttoo much to even put into words
    vertigoschaoson April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwah i wish more ppl had comments on this im soooo obsessed with this song. so many wonderful things in it that are so powerful ... amazing amazing. this is the only "slam poetry" ive ever liked so far.
    sexy80sbabeon April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a truly well written song. Ani Difranco deserves double credit for this genius of a song. What a fabulous musician.

    -Katie. xoxo.
    Disposition___on January 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing..words can't describe.
    specialK37on November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can't express my love for this song, anymore than she already has.
    My favorite quote ever is;

    "We live in a breakable, takable world,
    and ever available, possible world."

    Ani, you are my favorite
    MLuckon January 07, 2009   Link

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