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32 Flavors
Ani DiFranco Lyrics


Squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
And I'm beyond your peripheral vision
So you might want to turn your head
'Cause someday you are gonna get hungry
And eat most of the words you just said

Both my parents taught me about good will
And I have done well by their names
Just the kindness I've lavished on strangers
Is more than I can explain
Still there's many who've turned out their porch lights
Just so I would think they were not home
And hid in the dark of their windows
Till I'd passed and left them alone

God help you if you are an ugly girl
'Cause too pretty is also your doom
'Cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
For the prettiest girl in the room
And god help you if you are a phoenix
And you dare to rise up from the ash
A thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
While you are just flying past

And I've never tried to give my life meaning
By demeaning you
And I would like to state for the record
I did everything that I could do
I'm not saying that I'm a saint
I just don't wanna live that way
No, I will never be a saint
But I will always say

Squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
And I'm beyond your peripheral vision
So you might wanna turn your head
'Cause someday you might find you're starving
And eating all of the words you said

Lyrics © A SIDE MUSIC LLC D/B/A MODERN WORKS MUSIC PUBLISHING, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: ANI DIFRANCO

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Margaret JEAN

Mom came home from the grocery store one day, asking me to look up this song about "ice cream, no it was something about 32 flavors..." (Y'all remember Baskin Robbins?) I knew what she was talking about - there was another version that I've heard in the stores too, it became a hit in the early 90's, i think. But this is the best one - and it's Ani's song anyway, so I pulled it up and played it for her. Yeah, this was the tune, she said. And she called it my song.

The next time I played it for Mom was a few years ago as she was dying of brain cancer, to thank her for helping me to turn out to be a good soul, even though I wasn't easy. I think I have done well by her name, which was Jean Marie Boatman. She was a good soul. I want it played at my funeral, please.

32 Flavors

squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
and I'm beyond your peripheral vision
so you might want to turn your head
cause someday you're going to get hungry
and eat most of the words you just said
both my parents taught me about good will
and I have done well by their names
just the kindness I've lavished on strangers
is more than I can explain
still there's many who've turned out their porch lights
just so I would think they were not home
and hid in the dark of their windows
til I'd passed and left them alone
and god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a phoenix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying back
I'm not trying to give my life meaning
by demeaning you
and I would like to state for the record
I did everything that I could do
I'm not saying that I'm a saint
I just don't want to live that way
no, I will never be a saint
but I will always say
squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
And I'm beyond your peripheral vision
So you might want to turn your head
Cause someday you might find you're starving
and eating all of the words you said



Kylie Stead

Squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavors and then some
and I'm beyond your peripheral vision
so you might want to turn your head
Cause someday you might find you're starving
and eating all of the words you said
both my parents taught me about good will
and I have done well by their names
just the kindness I've lavished on strangers
is more than I can explain
still there's many who've turned out their porch lights
just so I would think they were not home
and hid in the dark of their windows
til I'd passed and left them alone
And god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a pheonix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying fast



All comments from YouTube:

David DiMuzio

Goosebumps every time.

Dumb Stupid

Fuuuuck, this being twenty-plus years ago just smacked me upside the head real hard like. That means I've been loving Ani's music for, uhh, 25 years. Which means I'm flippin' old. Siiiigh. Whatever, this song will still be brilliant when I'm 80.

Byrdie Prey

Dumb Stupid Same

Richusbabe

Right?! This song, and this set, is the most iconic shit ever!!!! Also been listening for 25 years, since this very episode aired. Still gonna be listening at 103 :)

Andy Wolf

There has really never been an artist quite like her. Lyrically she is a great American poet in the stratosphere of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Dylan. As a vocalist she is among the angels. She has an underlying monastic chant that floats and flutters as if a dove finding wing. Her melodies are rich and layered. She makes me think of all the guitar gods as pawns to a queen. Her style is her identity and her commitment the purity of her identity; her muse has the whimsy of the minstrel and the courage of the troubadour. But no matter what I write it is all meaningless and she says it all so much better with reluctant pride: insecurity in this really good fucking piece of music.

Elmo Blatch

Hell yes

Margaret O'Leary

Andy, it may just mean something. Great ode to a star.

Sugar Xyler the blue eyed Cherokee

Alana has a *better version ! Her voice is stronger

diosadelrawk

Although I disagree with you in your description of Ani's abilities, you express yourself beautifully

Hillary Marek

Andy Wolf if you are going to compare her to the beat generation you should really give credit where credit is due. There would be no Ani without the woman she tries to emulate so much, the trailblazer herself Patty Smith.

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