"Shy" as written by and Ani Difranco....
The heat is so great
It plays tricks with the eye
It turns the road to water
And then from water to sky
And there's a crack in the concrete floor
And it starts at the sink
There's a bathroom in a gas station
And I've locked myself in it to think

And back in the city
The sun bakes the trash on the curb
The men are pissing in doorways
And the rats run in herds
I've got a dream with your face in it
That scares me awake
I put too much on my table
And now I got too much a stake

And I might let you off easy
Yeah I might lead you on
I might wait for you to look for me
And then I might be gone
Where I come from and where I'm going
And I'm lost in between
I might go up to that phone booth
And leave a veiled invitation on you machine

And you'll stop me, won't you
If you've heard this one before
The one where I surprise you
By showing up at your front door
Saying 'let's not ask what's next,
Or how, or why'
I am leaving in the morning
So let's not be shy

The door opens, the room winces
The housekeeper comes in without a warning
I squint at the muscular motel light
And say, hey good morning
As she jumps, her keys jingle
And she leaves as quickly as she came in
I roll over and taste the pillow with my grin
The sheets are twisted and damp
Well the heat is so great
And I swear I can feel the mattress
Sinking underneath your weight
Oh sleep is like a fever
And I'm glad when it ends
And the road flows like a river
And pulls me around every bend

And you'll stop me, won't you

The heat is so great
It plays tricks with the eye
It turns road to water
And water to sky
And there's a crack in the concrete floor
And it starts at the sink
There's a bathroom in a gas station
And I've locked myself
In it to think

And you'll stop me, won't you


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"Shy" as written by Ani Difranco

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  • +1
    General Commentalkaline trio uses the second verse when they do 97 live. it's quite interesting, but good.
    BlackEyedAngelson May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of how time works against us
    gay retro chickon March 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's interesting, the alk3 thing. i'll have to listen for that... i see them in a few weeks.
    fakeliarcheaton May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentoh sleep is like a fever
    and i'm glad when it ends
    and the road flows like a river
    and pulls me around every bend


    i hate sleep, ifor sothing close to this, hasnt everybody wanted to leagve that message on someone machine?
    intoodeepon October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHands-down one of the best songs Ani ever wrote.
    notemilyon March 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so fun. It explains how it feels to be completely infatuated with a person and not want to waste a second of time pursuing them. And lust can make you do crazy things and alter your logic (The heat is so great it plays tricks with the eye). I love the line (I put too much on the table now Ive got too much at stake) I do that all the time! I reveal my feelings to get them out and wish to take them back. Where I come from and where I'm going is lost in between that breakup stage and finding a new relationship. And the closing line "veiled invitation on your machine" is just a perfect description for this whole situation.
    city212girlon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"there's a bathroom in a gas station, and I have locked myself in it to think"
    I can sure relate to that.
    mammadaddioon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe part that says "the heat is so great
    it plays tricks with the eye" is such a great image. i think that she is referring to the "heat" of the moment and how blinding that can be to all reality. i love the way ani phrases it!
    chicananerdon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love it >.
    SpeakOutloud16on July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "muscular motel light", not lady. I know lady seems to make more sense, but Ani describes light as being muscular in Dog Coffee too.
    I think it means that the light is strong and overwhelming.
    Joyfulgirl415on September 30, 2007   Link

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