Squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
And I'm beyond your peripheral vision
So you might want to turn your head
Because someday you're going to get hungry
And eat most of the words you just said

Both my parents taught me about goodwill
And I have done well by their names
Just the kindness I've lavished on strangers
Is more than I can explain
Still there's many who've turned out their porch lights
Just so I would think they were not home
And hid in the dark of their windows
Until I'd passed and left them alone

And God help you if you are an ugly girl
Course too pretty is also your doom
Because everyone harbors a secret hatred
For the prettiest girl in the room
And God help you if you are a phoenix
And you dare to rise up from the ash
A thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
While you are just flying past

I'm not trying to give my life meaning
By demeaning you
And I would like to state for the record
I did everything that I could do
I'm not saying that I'm a saint
I just don't want to live that way
No, I will never be a saint
But I will always say

Squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
And I'm beyond your peripheral vision
So you might want to turn your head
Because someday you might find you're starving
And eating all of the words you said


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    No, Alana Davir coveree this song and added a chorus aod took Cections"out. It&s Ani's"original.

    aur0raon April 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    I love the metaphors in this song...she's genius!

    Jackie1228on April 24, 2002   Link
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    Accually, oddly enough, this song came across diffirently to me. I think it's about being rejected by someone you really loved. And now you're kind of invisible to them.

    "squint your eyes and look closer i'm not between you and your ambition i am a poster girl with no poster" "and i'm beyond your peripheral vision"

    But you're not going to puch them to care. You just lay back and say, "Hey you're loss. You're missing out on all the layers of my personality. And you know that someday they'll want you, but you won't care anymore by then.

    "so you might want to turn your head cause someday you're going to get hungry and eat most of the words you just said."

    BUT you're still going to be yourself and change for no one, and still be nice to the people who decide to miss out on you.

    Pop_Tartz_609on October 21, 2005   Link
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    i really like this song, i can really relate to it

    Flickon May 22, 2002   Link
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    this is such a quality song, ani is so real with her lyrics, very enjoyable

    brilliant disguiseon June 01, 2002   Link
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    ani is great.....I think this song is about self-respect, as many of her songs are.

    A woman is a complex creature, and she goes on to highlight her complexities (including her charity/goodwill)

    sakeboxon June 07, 2002   Link
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    aw. shes such a little folk-punk! i luv it!!!! shes got a beautiful voice and the lyrics are really true.

    imbue ur blue!

    swindler123on June 20, 2002   Link
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    I love Ani, this song means a lot with each verse, at least that's how I see it. I often sing it when I think of my ex fiance.

    Hecateon September 04, 2002   Link
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    i don't really kno much about ani difranco, but i think this is such an uplifting song...she seems like a strong woman who doesn't care what others think..in fact she takes it a step further and tells them so...she knos who she is and knows she's worthy :) it's a good song for women to listen to to be motivated

    crush_maddenon March 16, 2003   Link
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    "cause someday you're going to get hungry and eat most of the words you just said"

    This is what she says at the beginning. (the end of the 1st verse)

    "cause someday you might find you're starving and eating all of the words you said"

    This is how it's changed at the end of the song. In the beginning you'll only be hungry and eat most of the words but you'll end up starving and eating all of them: after you've seen all the things women can do. They are not perfect; they have their flaws as we all do. Men and women are not the same. The differences that seperate us make for a wholesome, beautiful, natural contrast.

    I just wanted to point out what the point of the song is to me and I wholeheartedly agree.

    sound_of_silenceon April 02, 2003   Link

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