"Marrow" as written by and Ani Difranco....
The answer came
Like a shot in the back
While you were running from your lesson
Which might explain
Why years later all you could remember
Was the terror of the question
Plus, you weren't listening
You were stockpiling canned goods
Making a bomb shelter of our basement
And I can't believe you let the moral go by
While you were soaking in the product placement

Where was your conscience?
Where was your consciousness?
And where did you put all those letters
That you wrote to yourself
But could not address?

I'm a good kisser
And you're a fast learner
And that kinda thing could float us
For a pretty long time
Then one day you'd realize
You've memorized my phone number
And you'll call it and find
It's a disconnected line
'cause I got tossed out the window of love's el camino
And I shattered into a shower of sparks on the curb
You were smoking me
Weren't you?
Between your yellow fingers
You just inhaled and exhaled without saying a word

Where was your conscience?
Where was your consciousness?
And where did you put all those letters
That you wrote to yourself
But could not address?

There's a smorgasbord of unspoken poisons
A whole childhood of potions
That are all bottled up
And so one by one I am dusting off labels
I am uncorking bottles and filling up cups
So go ahead and have a taste of your own medicine
And I'll have a taste of mine
But first let's toast to the lists
That we hold in our fists
Of the things that we promise to do
Differently next time

'cause the answer came like a shot in the back
While you were running from your lesson
Which might explain
Why years later all you could remember
Was the terror of the question
Plus I'm not listening to you anymore
My head is too sore and my heart's perforated
And I'm mired in the marrow of my (well, ain't that) funny bone
Learning how to be alone and devastated
Where was my conscience?
Where was my consciousness?
And what do I do with all these letters
That I wrote to myself
But cannot address?


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"Marrow" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General Commentmy favorite line ever is in this song, the "you were smoking me.." one. i have felt like ive been "smoked" by someone before and i guess i wish i could have told them that in anis words after the fact
    regardemylasheskgmon May 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about learning the hard lessons from someone you thought was perfect....someone you built your entire life around, and later learned was merely biding time with you....and in the end gets a "taste of their own medicine"
    indigodifrancoon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about the things we fill our lives up with whil we try to just pretend or make everything normal... pretty soon things aren't about where we choose to be but where we are in terms of love and sense of self. We lose our sense of sense of self - we write letters - or make memories but at an eventual point realize the things that are wrong with the world, other people, ourselves need to be addressed... nothing is simple but this song reminds you to listen to the things you'r gut tells you and not to be surprised but to be in touch with yourself.
    mynameisgumpon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song represents reminicing on a past relationship. She still thinks about this guy, he is still a part of her. The call and the disconnected line part is how she wishes she felt about this guy. That she thinks he'll call and it will be a disconnected line, meaning she moved on without telling him. This song is about convincing herself that she is okay, but really her heart is still in it, and regargless of how much she tells herself she is okay and better off without him, that if he were to come back to her, she would take him back in a second.
    Utopia771on May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSimply beautiful!!!
    *_____________*

    Ani, come in the south of Italy!!!
    MartaMeion September 08, 2008   Link

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