"Hide and Seek" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Me and all the kids from the neighborhood
We'd play out in the street all summer long.
Rule was we had to go home at night,
When the street lights came on.
We were oblivious to the rest of the world.
And we'd hold up the cars in the street.
Yeah, we'd always play boys against girls,
And both sides would cheat.

Strange men would stop their cars at the curb
Say: "Hey sweetheart come here.",
And I'd go up to the window and they'd have their dick out in their hand
With a sick little sneer.
And I'd say
"Here we go again! Yeah, ok this time you win."
And I would feel dirty, I'd feel ashamed,
But I wouldn't let it stop my game.
We would play hide and go seek.
Territory would be the whole block.
Sometimes the older boys when they'd find you,
They wouldn't want to tag you, they'd just want to talk.
They'd say "What would you do for a quarter? Come on, we don't have that much time."
And I'd think a minute and I'd say:
"Ok...give me the quarter first. Fine."
This time you win.
Here we go again!
And I would feel dirty and I would feel ashamed,
But I wouldn't let it stop my game.
I remember my first trip alone on the greyhound bus,
And the man who put his hands on me to see where his knife fell
And I remember when I left how excited I was
And I remember when I arrived I didn't feel so well.
I remember the teacher at school got me so sick and scared
I went into the bathroom and threw up in my hair
And I could go on, but you know, it just gets worse
So I think I'll stop there...
Girl, next time he wants to know
What your problems is...
Girl, next time he wants to know
Where the anger comes from...
Just tell him this time the problem's his.
Tell him the anger just comes.
It just comes.

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"Hide and Seek" as written by Ani Difranco


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  • +2
    General CommentPersonally, I think the song is pretty straightforward. It sounds like she's singing of personal experience, not metaphors. But that's just me.

    That line about the Greyhound bus... Wow... The same thing happened to someone I know. I'm never going on a Greyhound bus...
    Obsessive0514on June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf this is true - she must have grown up in a neighbourhood similar to Siouxsie Sioux's - perverts on every corner due to poor policing and social (dis)services.
    It's experiences of this sort that "inoculate people against trust" (Kirsty MacColl said that, more or less) - and warp their sexuality (I said that)
    imrazoron June 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful celebration of the feminine side of all of us
    regardemylasheskgmon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI disagree.. it sounds more like a song about sexual violation/abuse! Like the part about the teachers, and how she has to stop there because it gets worse.
    stagemanager86on October 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a sad songs when you think about the lyrics, has anyone ever heard the living in clip version of this song?, its a very pretty-sounding musically, song though... There is so much shit ani had to deal with in her past, and i respect her so much for her, she overcame so much. This basically sums up how she was dis-respected and mal-treated because she was a women, and in unsafe to go anywhere, and how even at such a young age, she was even sexually harassed on the street playing hide and go seek! wow
    notaprettygirlRBRon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese things didn't necessarily all happen to Ani personally, but they are things that happen to most girls all over the place all the time. Then, they're blamed for it basically and called uppity.
    abcxyzzzzon August 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is a metaphorical song. It is comparing kids who are playing outside on a street block to adults, specifically men, who are playing with girls emotions to get girls to do what they want
    DMBgirl267on May 30, 2007   Link

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