Growing up it was just me and my mom
Against the world
And all my sympathies were with her
When I was a little girl
But now I've seen both my parents
Play out the hands that they were dealt
And as each year goes by
I know more about how my father must have felt

I just want you to understand
That I know what all the fighting was for
And I just want you to understand
That I'm not angry anymore
No, I'm not angry anymore

She taught me how to wage a cold war
With quiet charm
But I just want to walk
Through my life unarmed
To accept and just get by
Like my father learned to do
But without all the acceptance and getting by
That got my father through

I just want you to understand
That I know what all the fighting was for
And I just want you to understand
That I'm not angry anymore
No, I'm not angry anymore

Night falls like people into love
We generate our own light
To compensate
For the lack of light from above
Every time we fight
A cold wind blows our way

But we can learn like the trees
How to bend
How to sway and say

I, I think I understand
What all this fighting is for
And, baby, I just want you to understand
That I'm not angry anymore
No, I'm not angry anymore


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Angry Anymore Lyrics as written by Ani Di Franco

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    So many female artists are labeled as "angry spiteful women" and it is really a shame. In this song she shows compassion and maturity. To me this song has always been about growing up and realising what your parents went through. It is also about learning from mistakes.:)

    katers51on January 09, 2002   Link
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    couldnt be said better

    gay retro chickon March 30, 2002   Link
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    This was the first Ani song that I heard. I fell in love. She is a great musician. Not many people around here know of her. This song reminds me of my family...

    SuzyQ9002on September 27, 2002   Link
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    This was the first Ani song that I heard. I fell in love. She is a great musician. Not many people around here know of her. This song reminds me of my family...

    SuzyQ9002on September 27, 2002   Link
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    yup - a lovely song - in my personal 'top ten'.. :) definitely a mature song; title reminiscent of 'joey, i'm not angry anymore'... that's a really lovely thing to say :) fantastic, well-thought out lyrics and love the tune :) :)!!!

    festijunkon October 16, 2002   Link
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    My favourite lines from this song are: to accept, and just get by like my father learned to do but without all the acceptance of getting by that got my father through and night falls like people into love we generate our own light to compensate for the lack of light from above This song is about growing up and understanding that life isn't perfect and that sometimes there is nowhere that blame should be placed.

    bitchgoddesson June 06, 2004   Link
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    This song helps me heal. It gives me the perspective to realize that there was more to what happened in my childhood with my parents than my perspective of it. Let me step out of myself to realize that there is a long line inside that has affected my perspective of my reality too. Ani is an angel, and her music is truly beautiful.

    xinniefulon March 04, 2005   Link
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    yupp yupp yupp...during her childhood years, she stuck to her mother's side mainly because that was who she was taught to stick on to..im guessing she lived with her mother..but now that she's older shes able to place herself inside both of her parents' shoes and realize that there was more to the situation then just who was wrong and who was right...she's learned that her father too had emotional turmoil and such...i fucking love ani =)

    x_soulrebel_xon March 19, 2006   Link
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    This song is quite self explanatory, obviously growing up with her mother mainly, agreeing and understanding her mothers ways, but maturity and self awareness kicks in and she begins to relise that perhapes her fathers way of living isn't so bad after all and is probably living by a better philosophy.

    It's very easy to relate to this song, probably why it's one of my favourite Ani songs.

    Menace3on February 19, 2008   Link
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    I really like this song, does anyone know if it is biographical? thanks

    River Wolfon April 13, 2008   Link

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