"The Arrivals Gate" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Gonna go out to the arrivals gate at the airport
And sit there all day
Watch people reuniting, public affection so exciting
It even makes airports okay

Watching children run with their arms outstretched
Just to throw those arms around their grandpa's necks
Watching lovers plant kisses
Old men to their misses at the arrivals gate

Watching a mother with a mother's smile
Don't tell me to move, I just wanna sit here for a while
I have determined, it's a sure cure for cancer
Watching excitement turn family dogs into dancers
At the arrivals gate, at the arrivals gate
At the arrivals gate, at the arrivals gate

I got me a white bread sandwich with some shredded lettuce
And then I got me a ringside view for my quaint little fetish
I just wanna drain my little pink heart of all its malice
And kick back for the afternoon in this fluorescent palace

Everybody's in a hurry here in purgatory except for me
I'm where I need to be, except for me
I'm where I need to be, except for me
I'm where I need to be, here at the arrivals gate

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"The Arrivals Gate" as written by Ani Difranco


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    General Commenti was driving cross country one time, and i played this song on repeat throughout the entire length of the state of mississippi.
    volcanoesmeltmeon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think she's lonely, and living vicariously through the joyful people she sees at the arrivals gate.

    And there's a little riff from "Angry Anymore" I think the arrivals gate is part of her healing process, therapy for her lonliness, to see others so happy.
    kalidescope eyeson September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the image of the airport as "purgatory". Nobody actually wants to be there... it's a transitory place... being there is a means to an end. I recently had to run an errand with a friend to the airport... neither of us was flying, she just needed to pick something up. We weren't in a hurry so we decided to stay and have a snack and a beer since we were there. Yeah, the prices are ridiculous, but it was worth the premium price just for the novelty of being in an airport when we didn't have anyone to pick up or any traveling to do. The mood in an airport is so unique, but it's hard to notice it when you're a member of that transitory crowd. This song reminds me of that evening...
    designedtodieon October 07, 2009   Link

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