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I've been reading Verses, and it's pretty much just Ani's collection of lyrics, and I've looked at a lot of them, but to see them bound and on paper is something else.

"I know the weak hearted are strong willed
and we're being kept alive until we're killed." - Coming Up

"They showed me this picture
of three oranges and a pear
they asked me
which one is different and does not belong?
they taught me different
is wrong" - My IQ

"I don't need anyone to hold me
I can hold my own" - My IQ

"and 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 diddly if you don't have the facts" - My IQ

"for every lie i unlearn
i learn something new
and i sing sometimes
for the war that i fight
cause every tool is a weapon
if you hold it right" - My IQ

"the sound of them strong stalking
talking about their prey
like the way
hammer meets nail
they say
Pounding out the rhythms
of attraction
like a woman
was a drum
ike a body
was a weapon
like there was something more they wanted
than the journey
like it was owed to them
steel-towed they walk
and i'm wondering
why this fear of men?" - The Slant

"and i'm beyond your peripheral vision
so you might want to turn your head
'cause some day you are going to get hungry
and eat most of the words you just said" - 32 Flavors

"I 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" - 32 flavors

"they were digging a new foundation in Manhattan
and they discovered a slave cemetery there
may their souls rest easy
now that lynching is frowned upon
and we've moved on
to the electric chair" - Fuel

"we got it rehashed
we got it half-assed
we're digging up all the graves
and we're spitting on the past
and we can choose between the colors
of the lipstick on the whores
'cause we know the differene
between the font of twenty percent more" - Fuel

"and i wonder
is he different?
is he different?
has he changed?
what he's about
or is just a liar
with nothing to lie about?" - Fuel

"you can't hide
behind social graces
so don't try
to be all touchy feely
'cause you lie
in my face of all places
but i got no
problem with that really

what bugs me
is that you believe what you're saying
what bothers me
is that you don't know how you feel
what scares me
is that while you're telling me stories
you actually
believe that they're real

i got no illusions about you
guess what?
i never did
when i said
when i say i'll take it
i mean
i always mean as is" - As Is

"I remember the first time i saw someone
lying on the cold street
i thought: i can't just walk past here
this can't just be true
but i learned by example
to just keep moving my feet
it's amazing the things we all learn to do" - Subdivision

"so we're led by denial like lambs to a slaughter
serving empires of style and carbonated sugar water
and the old farm road's a four-lane that leads to the mall
and our dreams are all guillotines waiting to fall" - Subdivision

" i'm wondering what it will take
for my country to rise
first we admit our mistakes
and then we open our eyes
or nature succumbs to one last dumb decision
and america the beautiful
is just one big subdivision" - Subdivision




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