from the depth of the pacific
to the height of everest
and still the world is smoother
than a shiny ball-bearing
so i take a few steps back
and put on a wider lens
and it changes your skin,
your sex, and what your wearing
distance shows your *silhouette*
to be a lot like mine
like a sphere is a sphere
and all of us here
have been here all the time
yeah, we've been here all the time*

you brought me to church
cinder blocks, flourescent light
you brought me to church
at seven o'clock on a sunday night
and the band was rockin'
and the floors were scrubbed clean
and everybody had a tambourine

so i took a deep breath and became
the white girl with the hair
and you sat right beside me
while everybody stared
and through the open window
i think the singing went outside
and floated up to tell
all the stars not to hide
'cuz by the time church let out
the sky was much clearer
and the moon was so beautiful
that the ocean held up a mirror

as we walked home we spoke slowly
we spoke slow
and we spoke lowly
like it was taking more time
than usual to choose
the words to go
with your squeaky sandal shoes
like time is not a thing
thats ours to lose

from the depthsof the pacific
to the height of everest

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    the refreshed feeling spiritually you feel after a meditation, or when you begin to explore new opossibilities on why lif is what it is... philosophical mood i supose

    regardemylasheskgmon May 27, 2004   Link
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    this is one of my favorite examples of Ani DiFranco's poetic super-powers.
    so i take a few steps back and put on a wider lens and it changes your skin, your sex, and what your wearing Wow, she captured the essence of solidarity perfectly. as someone who has devoted a large chunk of his adult life to furthuring human rights causes, this song reminds me why i care. as different as we think we are in the slurry of the day-to-day, "still the world is smoother/ than a shiny ball-bearing".

    hengehbmon July 11, 2005   Link
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    I have a live version of this song where she prefaces it by saying "This song comes from a place of, just a moment, when you're just okay with everything, just okay with everybody and everything, it's all worth it."

    And I think that's pretty much spot on, from the goddess herself.

    IWantWindToBlowon April 17, 2007   Link
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    i'm especially affected by the way she sings that little part at about 2:50, starting with "and through the open window" where her voice does this little crescendo thing and is just soaring at that level for the next few lines. more volume, more urgency, i guess i would describe it? anyway those 20 seconds are my little piece of paradise in this song.

    btw IWantWindToBlow, thanks for the sharing the tidbit.

    aniloveron April 17, 2007   Link
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    I've always seen the song as a change of perspective, as it starts out "from the depth of the pacific, to the height of everest" and then ends as "from the height of the pacific, to the depths of everest".

    And it's cool to hear what she's said about the song, since when, in my experience, I'm content, I have better "eyes" to see things how they are, which is usually not how they're conventionally seen.


    Velouron November 07, 2007   Link

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