Song Lyrics

Ani Difranco
      


"Pick yer Nose"

"My I.Q."


How come I can pick my ears
but not my nose
who made up that rule anyway
how can you say that’s the way it is
that’s just the way it goes
why don’t you decide for yourself
what you can do
and what you can say

how come I can pick my friends
but not my enemies
what is it about me that offends
what is it about me
’cause you know I’m only five foot two
and I’m giggly wiggly
tell me again, what did I do
why are you scared of me
I fight with love
and I laugh with rage
you’ve gotta live light enough
to see the humour
and long enough to see some change

I think shy is boring
I think depressed is too
I think pretty is nice
but I’d rather see something new
all these plastic people
got their plastic surgery
but we got a big big beautiful
we got it for free
who you gonna be
if you can’t be yourself
you can’t get it from t.v.
you can’t force it on
anybody else

you know they come to clear cut
they come to strip mine
they come for some of my big butt
my big brain
or just a little time
they wanna take me out to dinner
think I’m a bitch if I don’t go
seems like the people who actually like me
won’t allow me to say no
your idea of a conversation
is the third degree
but I don’t really know you
and I don’t really want to talk about me

’cause I’m not going to pretend
that I don’t pick my nose
that’s just the way it is, my friends
that’s just the way it goes
this is who I am
what I do
and what I say
if you like it, let it be
if you don’t, please do the same
I fight with love
I laugh with rage
you gotta live light enough to see the humour
and long enough to see some change

When I was four years old
they tried to test my I.Q.
they showed me a picture
of 3 oranges and a pear
they said,
which one is different?
it does not belong
they taught me different is wrong
but when I was 13 years old
I woke up one morning
thighs covered in blood
like a war
like a warning
that I live in a breakable takeable body
an ever-increasingly valuable body
that a woman had come in the night to replace me
deface me
see,
my body is borrowed
yeah, I got it on loan
for the time in between my mom and some maggots
I don’t need anyone to hold me
I can hold my own
I got highways for stretchmarks
see where I’ve grown
I sing sometimes
like my life is at stake
’cause you’re only as loud
as the noises you make
I’m learning to laugh as hard
as I can listen
’cause silence
is violence
in women and poor people
if more people were screaming then I could relax
but a good brain ain’t diddley
if you don’t have the facts
we live in a breakable takeable world
an ever available possible world
and we can make music
like we can make do
genius is in a back beat
backseat to nothing if you’re dancing
especially something stupid
like I.Q.
for every lie I unlearn
I learn something new
I sing sometimes for the war that I fight
’cause every tool is a weapon –
if you hold it right.

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