"Two Little Girls" as written by and Ani Difranco....



you were fresh off the boat
from virginia
i had a year of new york city
under my belt
we met in a dream
we were both nineteen
i remember where we were standing
i remember how it felt
two little girls
growing out of their training bras
this little girl breaks furniture
this little girl breaks laws
two girls together
just a little less alone
this little girl cried wee wee wee
all the way home
you were always half crazy
now look at your baby
you make as much sense
as a nursery rhyme
love is a piano
dropped from a fourth story window
and you were in the wrong place
at the wrong time
and i don't like your girlfriend
i blame her
i never seen one of your lovers
do you so much harm
i loved you first
and you know i would prefer
if she didn't empty her syringes
into your arm
here comes little naked me
padding up to the bathroom door
to find little naked you
slumped on the bathroom floor
with my back against the wall
while you distill your whole life
down to a 911 call
now you bring me your bruises
so i can 'ooh' and 'aah' at the display
maybe i'm supposed to make one of my famous jokes
that makes everything okay
or maybe i'm supposed to be the handsome prince
who rides up and unties your hands
or maybe i'm the furrow-browed friend
who thinks she understands
here comes little naked me
padding up to the bathroom door
to find little naked you
slumped on the bathroom floor
so i guess i'll just stand here
with my back against the wall
while you distill your whole life
down to a 911 call




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"Two Little Girls" as written by Ani Difranco

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite Ani song...it gives me such a sense of who she is. Here she's this scared, innocent little girl desperately trying to save her friend from something she doesn't understand herself (drugs). Ani is trying to help her ex, who's new girlfriend is hurting her. God i can relate so much to that feeling of trying to delve into the unknown and save someone you love, yet not knowing just how much to interfere.
    whatslifelikeon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI find it a tad bit ironic that everyone is trying to put her sexuality into some sort of definitive box when even she chooses not to define it.

    I find this song really sad.
    yentruckon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentok for the record, Ani is Bisexual, always has been and always will be. Her partner currently is a man but she has had relationships with both men and women in her past. This particular song is about a relationship she had with a women during her time in New York. She had been living there a year prior and this woman was new, from Virginia.
    This relationship ended somehow, and her ex got involved with another woman who shot heroin (most likely: "syringes") and got her ex into heroin. This is why her friend is slumped on the bathroom floor; she over-dosed and needs medial attention Ani, still really caring for this woman, doesn't know what to do.
    She expresses "i blame her/never seen one of your lovers do you so much harm/i loved you first and you know i would prefer /if she didn't empty her syringes into your arm" and is conflicted with either making a joke of the situation, taking up the role of lover again, or the role of friend ("maybe i'm supposed to make one of my famous jokes that makes everything ok/maybe i'm supposed to be the handsome prince who rides up and unties your hands/or maybe i'm supposed to be the furrow-browed friend who thinks she understands")
    The end of the song doesn't resolve her conflict as she feels helpless to help this woman who is flushing her life away. ("so i guess i'll just stand here with my back against the wall/while you distill your whole life down to a 911 call")
    hippieenvyon September 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome in concert. this song still makes me crazy
    gay retro chickon March 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey everyone, this is such a wonderful song, I love it so much. Does anyone know if it is actually about Ani's personal life, and if she is a lesbian? Thanks, just wondering :) - Dina
    Moonglowon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, i love this song.. i'm not sure what it's based on exactly, since i know very little about her personal life.. but i'm almost positive she's bisexual.
    stellanariousmanicon March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAni ..is the most notorious lesbian singer..besides Melissa Etheridge of course. the Ex lover gets into drugs with her new lover but comes back to her for strength but theres not much she can do.
    affliktedon April 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentani difranco is not a lesbian, she's bisexual.
    rainbows3xxon June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentafflikted is right... ani's a major lesbian... she's had boyfriends, but she's always gone back to the women... who wouldnt?
    SpaceCase914on October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha nice to above. women are delish.
    killstaron October 23, 2004   Link

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