The days are okay
I watch the TV in the afternoons
If I get lonely,
The sound of other voices,
Other rooms are near to me
I'm not afraid

The operator,
She tells the time,
It's good for a laugh
There's always radio,
And for a dime I can
Talk to God - Dial-a-Prayer
Are you there?
Do you care?
Are you there?

And in the winter,
Extra blankets for the cold
Fix the heater, getting old
I am wiser now, you know
And still as big a fool concerning you

I met your friend
She's very nice, what can I say?
It was an accident
I never dreamed we'd meet again this way
You're looking well
I'm not afraid

You have a lovely home
Just like a picture.
No, I live alone
I found it easier
You must remember how
I never liked the party life
Up all night
Lovely wife
You have a lovely wife

And in the winter
Extra blankets for the cold
Fix the heater, getting old
You are with her now, I know
I'll live alone forever
Not together now

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"In the Winter" as written by Janis Ian

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    General Commentabsolutely beautiful song!
    too little lyrics from janis ian here! i started adding yesterday, but got sick of it
    maybe i'll continue one of these days. Keep em coming, and post!
    blondton December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant song.... my older sister had this album and played it constantly....
    cojo727on November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just wanted to comment this is an incredible song - how she spends the entire song with her half of a smalltalk dialogue (and some streaming thought) but manages to convey a lifetime of emotion and mundane experience.
    spectator_ionon February 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah, a very incredile song.
    bear_hug20on June 08, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationReminds me a lot of Adele's "Someone Like You".

    It's a song of a girl who, after all these years, is still in love with the one who broke her heart. She is happy for how his life turned out, but still feels so insecure and lonely inside, but doesn't show it when they run into each other.
    kinemaon September 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favourite janis ian song.
    So much said in two and a half minutes
    The line 'No, I live alone' says it all for me.
    Perfect !
    Tedricoon August 14, 2017   Link
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    General CommentBefore Alanis Morrisette's scathing lyrics there was Janis Ian
    jametownon March 05, 2019   Link

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