"Loom" as written by and Ani Difranco....

you always got those dark sunglasses
covering half your face
but if you promise to take them off
i promise i won't squander your gaze
i will be picturesque
i will be nice
i won't do anything
you can't tell your wife
i will think before i act
i will think twice
just let me see your eyes
each time we've spoken
we've put in our token
and ridden the tilt-a-whirl
i was giggling and dizzy
flirting like a twelve year old girl
the carnival of you and me
is coming to town
watch how we spin and spin
and then fall down
now we just say hello
and head for firmer ground
you are the one-way glass
that watches me
standing in line at the bank
i always looked into your glasses
like a cat looks into a fish tank
but all i could ever see
was the specter of me reflected
i want a monument of the friendship
that we never had, erected
i want to take up lots of room
i want it to loom
you always got those dark sunglasses
between us when we talk
but after the party is over
if you want to take a walk
we could just look around
not do nothing wrong
just try to be at least as brave as our songs
i will bring my heart
i will bring my face
you name the time and place

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"Loom" as written by Ani Difranco


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    General Comment"just try to be at least as brave as our songs" look at how vulnerable she makes herself in that one line, and it makes her so human and beautiful.... her songs are generally "brave" and we get to see another side i guess, even with one simple phrase
    regardemylasheskgmon May 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song and the entire Little Plastic Castle CD reveal her insecurities and vulnerabilities.

    "I was giggling and dizzy, flirting like a 12 year old girl" and you get the image of a sweet naive kid in love. Of course, there's the darker undertone of what happens when she leaves this trance and isn't so innocent anymore.
    whatslifelikeon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEvery time I hear that first chord, something is tugged inside of me. It's such an animalistic kind of thing to me, I'm not sure why.

    It's obviously about a relationship.

    Did anyone else notice: almost all of Ani's songs about men are angry and raw, while her songs about women are soft, delicate, forlorn? Take "She Says," for example. It's mournfully beautiful, soft, and gentle. While, I don't know, "Gravel," is so angry and brutal, kind of showing how her songs reach both ends of the spectrum and still flow easily together.

    I think this song's about an affair, where there was another woman. A husband isn't loyal to his wife, with a woman (Ani?) on the side. The mistress wants him to be more affectionate, giving him her all, but he still stays stoic and hard to crack.
    PrincessOfSpadeson December 27, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is honestly beautiful. It makes me happy to be alive, as for the meaning though, I feel confused about it yet I have a general idea of what she's trying to say I think in my opinion at least.

    I feel that this song is Ani meeting up with her ex, who has gotten married and therefore all these memories of how she still loves him arise.

    She clearly states this character has a wife, yet she just wants to do things with him, clearly not anything that would ruin a relationship like sex, but she still wants him, but knows hes taken and is faithful. That's why she says "like a cat looks into a fish tank". She wants what's inside and she know's she can't have. This song is so powerful for me because it reminds me of what I can't have and have to act sane but really all these memories rush into my head and make me go crazy!

    I love Ani, she's so beautiful like her songs !
    Kaivanon October 10, 2010   Link

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