"Phase" as written by and Ani Difranco....
I'll be your biggest fan
I will be your fool
I'll be your exception
To whatever the rule
And I ain't the type to bitch
I ain't the type to cry
I'll sit at your red light and wait
For your shit to go by
And this vague little smile
Is my all-purpose expression
The meaning of which
I will leave to your discretion

My distraction's my defense
Against a lack of inspiration
Against a slow leak deflation
The further the horizon
The more it holds my gaze
And the foreground's out of focus
But you know I kinda hope it's
Just a phase

I've been through and through this
I know just how it goes
You'll have no idea
You'll have no need to know
Cause I will make your body
Grow wings and take flight
I will erase sound
I will erase light
And this vague little smile
Is my all-purpose expression
The meaning of which
I'll leave to your discretion

My distraction's my defense
Against a lack of inspiration
Against a slow leak deflation
The further the horizon
The more it holds my gaze
And the foreground's out of focus
But you know I kinda hope it's
Just a phase


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"Phase" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General Commentthis song is the uter definition of "grace" to me... i dont know if people will be able to relate or what because it kindof has to do with my experiences but its worth a shot i may as well say that
    regardemylasheskgmon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt should be: "I'll be your exception to whatever the rule" and "I'll sit at your red light, and wait for your shit to go by" and "against this slow leak deflation" and "yeah the further the horizon, the more it holds my gaze and the foreground's out of focus..."

    I think this song is about the kind of apathy you get when you are sick of everything. I think when Ani says "I'll be your biggest fan or your fool" etc, she is basically saying 'whatever'. Same thing when she describes "the vague little smile that is her all purpose expression; the meaning of which she will leave to your discretion"; I think it means: 'whatever' and 'my expression means whatever you want it to mean'.

    She sounds like she feels bored and trapped and tied down by some aspect(s) of her life when she says: "the further the horizon the more it holds my gaze". It is as if she is expecting to be tied down by her current situation and she has lost a sense of control and has become numb about it all. She hopes it is just a phase.
    mickzzzzzzon January 23, 2006   Link

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