"Grey" as written by and Ani Difranco....
The sky is gray
The sand is gray
And the ocean is gray

And I feel right at home
In this stunning monochrome
Alone in my way

I smoke and I drink
And every time I blink
I have a tiny dream

But as bad as I am
I'm proud of the fact
That I'm worse than I seem

What kind of paradise am I looking for?
I've got everything I want and still I want more
Maybe some tiny shiny key
Will wash up on the shore

You walk through my walls
Like a ghost on TV
You penetrate me

And my little pink heart
Is on its little brown raft
Floating out to sea

And what can I say
But I'm wired this way
And you're wired to me

And what can I do
But wallow in you
Unintentionally
What kind of paradise am I looking for?
I've got everything I want and still I want more
Maybe some tiny shiny key
Will wash up on the shore

Regretfully
I guess I've only got three
Simple things to say:
Why me?
Why this now?
Why this way?
With overtones ringing
And undertows pulling away
Under a sky that is grey
On sand that is grey
By an ocean that's grey

What kind of paradise am I looking for?
I've got everything I want
And still I want more
Maybe some tiny shiny key
Will wash up on the shore


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"Grey" as written by Ani Difranco

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  • +2
    General CommentI always tell people I am feeling grey when I am sad. Usually blue or black is marked as depression but i really think that grey expresses it perfectly... espcially if you are on meds and you are just numb. I heard this song and it almost startled me to see that someone else got it.

    another thing... I always think of ways to change the lyrics or add to them to suit my life or something... I thought of this:
    ani's: "maybe some tiny shiny key
    will wash up on the shore"
    me: and holding the key to you
    I'll hunger no more

    so maybe its not about the person not being what she expected... maybe they weren't completely there, not giving everyhting they had.
    but its just a thought.

    I LOVE this song
    sour2ratekisson June 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso sad... having your perfect picture of what u want... and its what u thought it should be.. but ur still incomplete and u feel selfish and stagnant waiting for a sign.
    musicloveeon October 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits like ur stuck between white and black things just aren't clear. I feel this way sometimes, u have everything want but u still want more it's like life is good but you are wishing for something amazing. The key is the answer to why she is stuck in the middle. I just love ani's lyrics the mean so many things all at once!
    lilplastikcaslon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove, like you've had this ideal goal of a person who could make you happy, and once you get it, its not everything you wanted, its dull and monochrome. and the guy can see through that.. see through her, "walk through my walls"

    this sounds like tough times in a relationship (or a breakup of a relationship) that started out well... but expectations werent upheld, everything became dull, the paradise she thought she wanted turned out to be different from the truth...

    or something. pretty song. nice style :)
    erinchanon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"you penetrate me
    and my little pink heart
    is on its little brown raft
    floating out to sea"

    This part always struck me as a metaphor for sex.
    sound_of_silenceon April 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand what can i do but wallow in you unintentionally

    the rawness of his song hurts me but i love it
    intoodeepon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a good song
    playcracktheskyon December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song describes my moods so perfectly.
    to me it say that the person has fallen for someone who they didnt want to, they have this person but they dont want to love them. well... thats what i think.
    'as bad as i am
    im proud of the fact that im worse then i seem' this song is so raw and broken that its prefect.
    xjenixon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is hard to listen to and I honestly can't play it when I drive or I will veer of course! It's just so sad yet so true. She captures the mood and everything in this feeling..... I love the second verse. It is very sexual and painful at the same time. It makes her seem so weak and vulnerable. "As bad as I am, I'm proud of the fact that I'm worse than I seem" That describes my feeling at times perfectly. I can't believe she gets it and can express it in words so beautiful. It describes that sometimes people think you have all these problems and you are just a nuisance. You just want to tell them... no no its really worse.
    city212girlon June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has to be one of my favorites off this disc, the vulnerability, the imagery, the brazeness of it. It's beautiful.
    indignationon December 15, 2006   Link

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