"Gravel" as written by and Ani Difranco....
I heard the sound of your bike
As your wheels hit the gravel
And your engine in the driveway, cutting off
I pushed through the screen door
And I stood out on the porch
Thinking fight, fight, fight, at all costs

But instead I let you in
Just like I've always done
I sat you down and offered you a beer
And across the kitchen table
I fired several rounds
But you were still sitting there when the smoke cleared

You came crawling back to say
That you want to make good in the end
And oh, let me count the ways that I abhore you
And you were never a good lay

And you were never were a good friend
But oh, oh what can I say, I adore you

All I need is my leather
One t-shirt and two socks
I'll keep my hands warm in your pockets
And you can use the engine blocks
We'll ride out to California
With my arms around your chest

And I'll pretend this is real
'Cause this is what I like best
And you've been juggling two women
Like a stupid circus clown
Telling us both we are the one

And maybe you can keep me
From ever being happy
But you're not gonna stop me
From having fun

So let's go, before I change my mind
I'll leave the luggage of all your lies behind
'Cause I am bigger than everything that came before
And you were never very kind
And you let me way down every time
But oh, oh what can I say, I adore you

I heard the sound of your bike
As your wheels hit the gravel
Then your engine in the driveway, cutting off

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"Gravel" as written by Ani Difranco


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    General CommentThis song is so good! Just another example of the wide range Ani has with her music. This song is saying yea you're an ass to me and you treat me bad but I can't help but love you... or something like that.
    shes stokedon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti heard this song live in april of 2002 -- it was f***ing amazing. SHE is amazing! i fully agree with the statement: although things aren't perfect and maybe you don't always treat me like a queen, i'm stronger than that and anyway, i'm just out for a little bit of fun!!! such a great song!
    fireygoddesson July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti heard the song live an hour ago.
    i love it!

    and it describes a relationship i'm in right now.
    ah, poor poor little abused me. and i take every bit of it too.
    irate hippi chicon April 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love the part about going to california.
    fakeliarcheaton May 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou were never a good lay
    you were never a good friend
    oh, what can I say?
    I adore you
    sakeboxon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhen the smoke cleared
    and you came crawling back
    to say that you wanna
    make good in the end
    and oh, oh,
    let me count the ways
    that i abhor you
    and you were never a good lay
    and you were never a good friend
    but, oh, oh, what else can i say
    i adore

    thats how im feeling right now and i hate it!!! so much!! thanks ani for putting it all to words
    intoodeepon September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn addition to what ahs been mentioned so far, I love the way the percussive guitar gives sound to the verbal imagery.
    "I heard the sound of your bike as the wheels hit the gravel"

    This song has been blasted on many of my roadtrips. Never fails to bring the energy!
    jazzchicon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentand i'll pretend that this is real
    'cause this is what i like best

    That line, o the illusions we'll maintain to keep a "good" relationship.. Hindsight sure is a bizatch though.. I spent 5 years with someone that this song perfectly describes the situation.. I wanted it to work so bad, I was willing to put up with anything.. I guess infidelity (from both of us) should have been a clue that maybe it was not worth that much time, and definitely was not worth the energy.
    xinniefulon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen i first heard this gem i thought "from across the kitchen table i fired several rounds, but you were still sitting there when the smoke cleared" was a metaphor. i thought she was asking rounds of questions, and when the smoke cleared it was just the way of saying that the air had cleared between them.
    when i realized that she meant she was actually pretending to fire a GUN and the smoke was from the gunsmoke, i was elated!
    not to sound to violent, but i remembered thinking that it makes the story so much stronger and vivid and much more angier and deeper on so many levels.
    thats why her songs are so beautiful. ani has the ability to make a simple statement offering us simple truth. at the same time the lyric is so complex and twisted that the ability to read between the lines is so vast that we can all relate.
    my words wont say enough.
    mycocoateaon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit seems you had it more right the first time...i think she was speaking in metaphor. that she didn't really shoot him, but the verbal assault should have done the same damage.

    i'm a guy, so this all applies a little differently to me...i used to think of this song as a description of one of my relationships...my relationship with God. I was kind of like "where the hell have you been" and God was like "look, I can't give you all my time" and so we struggled and he won and I said ok, what-the-hell ever it makes me happy to believe you even if I don't. i know that isn't why she wrote the song..but that's what it meant to me.
    CoryGreenwellon June 27, 2005   Link

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