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I study the conversation
Like a map
'cause I know there is strength
In the differences between us
And I know there is comfort
Where we overlap

Come here
Stand in front of the light
Stand still
So I can see your silhouette
I hope
You have got all night
'cause I'm not done looking,
No, I'm not done looking yet

Each one of us
Wants a piece of the action
You can hear it in what we say
You can see it in what we do
We negotiate with chaos
For some sense of satisfaction
If you won't give it to me
At least give me a better view

Come here
Stand in front of the light
Stand still
So I can see your silhouette
I hope
You have got all night
'cause I'm not done looking
No,
I'm not done looking yet

I build each one of my songs
Out of glass
So you can see me inside of them
I suppose
Or you could just leave the image of me
In the background, I guess
And watch your own reflection superimposed

I build each one of my days out of hope
And I give that hope your name
And I don't know you that well
But it don't take much to tell
Either you don't have the balls
Or you don't feel the same

Come here
Stand in front of the light
Stand still
So I can see your silhouette
I hope
You have got all night
'cause I'm not done looking
No, I'm not done looking yet

I search your profile for a translation
I study the conversation like a map
'cause I know there is strength
In the differences between us
And I know there is comfort
Where we overlap


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Overlap Lyrics as written by Ani Difranco

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    I feel like this song is just perfectly describing that moment when the person that your falling for suddenly becomes bigger than yourself. When all you want is to be with them but they're still not quite sure so you take what you can get, sillouhettes and cryptic conversations.

    IWantWindToBlowon April 15, 2007   Link
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    ani played this last night at her singapore concert. it was the final song of the encore and she said it was about us, meaning the crowd and her.

    i think she was talking about the cultural differences we've got, and i think it was the PERFECT song to encapsulate the whole show.. when she went "i search your profile for a translation i study the conversation like a map 'cause i know there is strength in the differences between us and i know there is comfort where we overlap....

    i hope you have got all night 'cause i'm not done looking no, i'm not done looking at you yet"

    SO BEAUTIFUL.

    supernovvaon February 11, 2009   Link
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    this song is fucking amazing. wanting something you can't have. knowing that it's possible but not being able to have it. you can take a bunch of different meanings out of it depedning on your situation.

    as_close_to_coldon October 20, 2004   Link
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    What a beautiful song. seriously. I heard it at nationals... two girls did a lyrical/modern dance to it. Straight up amazing.

    Basically I take it as a person wanting someone but confused about how they feel about her. She tries to study his/her face for some sign and disects every conversation they have. "If you won't give it to me/ at least give me a better view" If she cant be with that person then she'll kinda watch and wish... telling them to stand in front of the light so she can look and admire what she can't have.

    The third verse is a "every song she sings she sings for him" type thing, whether he wants to see it or not. She approaches each day hoping that this person will tell her how they feel but she says that either the person isn't brave enough or just doesn't like her.

    I know there is strength in the differences between us and I know there is comfort where we overlap

    and i love that ^^ strength in both differences and similarities...

    AmylinaBallerinaon February 24, 2006   Link
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    "i build each one of my songs out of glass so you can see me inside of them i suppose or you could just leave the image of me in the background, i guess and watch your own reflection superimposed"

    Holly crap!! Ani, you're a freakin' genius! This lyric speaks volumes. Ani's songs are about who Ani is, what she thinks and feels. People want to twist her lyrics to better reflect listener’s interpretation to their own thoughts and feelings. But that's OK I suppose.

    maomoondogon October 05, 2006   Link
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    this song, is just beyond amazing.

    awkwardkisson March 28, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    honestly one of the most talented writers I've every heard but to lyrical perfection. This one is so emotionally charged yet somehow amazingly suductive especially the way she sings it. She wants the woman, is infatuated at her form but there is some sort of negoiating going on.. I really like the quote about her songs being made of glass; she bares all in her songs, but in doing so, she risks being breakable. She's more comfortable with this than being superimposed over.

    hippieenvyon September 27, 2010   Link
  • -1
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    great lyrics...tear

    sierra80on July 11, 2002   Link

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