“Asking Too Much” by Ani DiFranco
If you all can’t tell, I’m on an Ani DiFranco binge this week. I’ve always thought this song was an accurate description of what most people want in a significant other, then again, I suppose I should just speak for myself on that one. This is Ani mingling the pretty and the ugly, which she one of the things that makes her music so poignant. She does it with the themes in her songs, as well as the way she commands her voice. Throughout this song she drifts into a rough, angry vocal style, only to transition back into the soft, gentle voice she normally has.
I want somebody who sees the pointlessness and still keeps their purpose in mind.
I want somebody who has a tortured soul…some of the time.
I want somebody who will either put out for me or put me out of misery,
or maybe just put it all to words and make me say
“You know i never heard it put that way,” make me say “What did you just say?”
I want somebody who can hold my interest, hold it and never let it fall.
Someone who can flatten me with a kiss that hits like a fist
or a sentence, that stops me like a brick wall.
If you hear me talking listen to what I’m not saying.
If you hear me playing guitar listen to what I’m not playing.
And don’t ask me to put words to all the silences I wrote.
Don’t ask me to put words to all the spaces between notes.
In fact if you have to ask, forget it! Do and you’ll regret it.
I’m tired of being the interesting one, I’m tired of having fun for two.
Just lay yourself on the line and I might lay myself down by you,
but don’t sit behind your eyes and wait for me to surprise you.
I want somebody who can make me scream until it’s funny, give me a run for my money.
I want someone who can twist me up in knots.
Tell me, for the woman who has everything, what have you got?
I want someone who’s not afraid of me or anyone else.
In other words I want someone who’s not afraid of themselves.
Do you think I’m asking too much?