Ani DiFranco - Round A Pole
from Red Letter Year
Ani DiFranco’s ability to crank out inventive, intelligent love songs belies what so many people seem to believe about her. There are few guitarists and vocalists I admire more than DiFranco, and her use of these tools to deliver a seemingly endless string of well-organized thoughts and authentic emotion is largely unparalleled in music today.
Art aside, she’s also been a truly independent artist for 20 years now. Bands like Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, while using different models, are only beginning to understand what Ani’s been doing for decades. Setting out on your own and building a succesful self-sustaining music career doesn’t require the Internet. It just takes talent, guts and commitment.
So give the track a listen. Note the strong vocal melody and the words that are attached. You’re listening to someone who’s able to capture, in a simple three minute song, the joys of our neverending quest to figure out life.
and i’ll learn to fix stuff
if you will teach me to love
and god will radiate out from within us
instead of this bullshit from above
and we can dance round like monkeys
after the paparazzi have gone home
having let go forever
the fallacy of ever being alone
i could sing you around a pole
like a ball at the end of a rope
have you duckin’ and sluggin’
protecting your head
but i decided just to love you back instead