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Ani DiFranco — Angry Any More
Album: Up Up Up
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Released: 1999
Length: 3:21
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growing up it was just me and my mom
against the world
and all my sympathies were with her
when i was a little girl
but now i've seen both my parents
play out the hands they were dealt
and as each year goes by
i know more about how my father must have felt

i just want you to understand
that i know what all the fighting was for
and i just want you to understand
that i'm not angry anymore
i'm not angry anymore

she taught me how to wage a cold war
with quiet charm
but i just want to walk
through my life unarmed
to accept and just get by
like my father learned to do
but without all the acceptance and getting by
that got my father through

night falls like people into love
we generate our own light
to compensate
for the lack of light from above
every time we fight
a cold wind blows our way

but we learn like the trees
how to bend
how to sway and say

i, i think i understand
what all this fighting is for
and baby, i just want you to understand
that i'm not angry anymore
no, i'm not angry anymore
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Love Ani DiFranco but Bill please play some tracks from Dilate or her latest album Binary
 Sasha2001 wrote:

Get over that feeling, I particularly enjoy sitting in crowds where the venn diagram of musical tastes only overlaps slightly with my own. I always feel odd sitting next to someone who's love of a band is equal to my own because invariably I'll think to myself, "Is this what their fan base looks like?"

The only time I ever thought it was weird was one time Gretchen Phillips (Two Nice Girls) wondered aloud why she attracted so many straight guys to her shows.
I saw Phranc a couple times, TNG several times, Melissa Etheridge, etc. While you can't help but notice the makeup of the audience, it never seemed like a big deal.
 jmkate wrote:
My dad passed around the turn of the year, after being estranged from my large family, due to divorce, for many years. So much time was wasted. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to try and understand each other earlier.

 
As a dad estranged from his two children, I both feel your loss and thank you for this comment.  Deeply.
I love this song 
On this post election morning, yep, I'm still angry. Working on that.
My dad passed around the turn of the year, after being estranged from my large family, due to divorce, for many years. So much time was wasted. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to try and understand each other earlier.
I changed the channel away from RP.  Grating, horrible stuff.  
This song hits home.  As a divorced parent of three girls, two of which I have been estranged by my ex wife, I can only hope that they will some day realize how hard their dad tried to be there for them.
 Decoy wrote:

As a guy who likes Ani, I can appreciate that, never had the stones to see her live though, always felt like the crowd may not be exactly my seen.

 
Get over that feeling, I particularly enjoy sitting in crowds where the venn diagram of musical tastes only overlaps slightly with my own. I always feel odd sitting next to someone who's love of a band is equal to my own because invariably I'll think to myself, "Is this what their fan base looks like?"
 Trip_Estes wrote:

This song doesn't have any banjo. It is a 4 string guitar. Trust me, I have seen her half a dozen times, last month most recently. Hail to Ani.She is phenomenally talented.  

 
Yes, it's also called a tenor guitar, which does have four strings and is usually tuned to fifths (like a banjo) instead of fourths (like a guitar). Apparently she has several of those guitars.
One of her strongest albums, a must own if you like Ani - amazing musician and songwriter.
 RabbitEars wrote:
It was a guy who introduced me to Ani. He never struck me as someone who puts something on to get in touch with his feminine side, he just liked her music and her energy. We went to see her at a tiny club and she blew the room out. He introduced her to me and a handful of my female friends, none of whom were girlfriend material for him.
 

 
As a guy who likes Ani, I can appreciate that, never had the stones to see her live though, always felt like the crowd may not be exactly my seen.
His voice sounds like David Gilmour (when he was younger) in this song.

 Daveinbawlmer wrote:

Some good picking on banjo here, but the rest of it ...

Meh.

 
This song doesn't have any banjo. It is a 4 string guitar. Trust me, I have seen her half a dozen times, last month most recently. Hail to Ani.She is phenomenally talented.  
It was a guy who introduced me to Ani. He never struck me as someone who puts something on to get in touch with his feminine side, he just liked her music and her energy. We went to see her at a tiny club and she blew the room out. He introduced her to me and a handful of my female friends, none of whom were girlfriend material for him.
 
 mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime.

Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
 

I'm a guy.
I like a lot of Ani's music.
You're a jackass 
Good song.
Needs a different singer. 
 mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime.

Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
 
Funny how women listen to "guy" music all the time, but a talented artist like Ani is immediately out of consideration for a male fan. Grow up.
This really sucks.
Great song off a so-so album by a brilliant artist at a turning point in her career.

Ani is hit & miss, but when it hits, it hits SO GOOD!
Oh this is very nice!  I have kind of a bad taste in my mouth for Ani Difranco after hearing "Emancipated Minor" off her Red Letter Year album too many times.  That song is just horrid, but this is so much better!  I think I just have to be picky about which Ani Difranco songs I listen to.

Ani Difranco by ~Maphia78
©2006-2010 ~Maphia78

Concerto del 19/09/2003

Perhaps you both have changed a bit.
Photo-John wrote:
I used to hate Ani Difranco's music. I couldn't stand here voice. But 10+ years later and I actually like her. She must have changed :D
 


So true. Great response!

 
tonypf wrote:
Ani's "Angry Anymore" lyrics reflect a level of acceptance and maturity that seems absent from some of the posts here.  Oh well, life moves on.

 


Ani's "Angry Anymore" lyrics reflect a level of acceptance and maturity that seems absent from some of the posts here.  Oh well, life moves on.

hands up! good song.
Elvis Costello has a similarly themed song on his first album (I'm Not Angry), only he still sounded angry when he was singing that he wasn't angry anymore. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'd rather hear an agrier Elvis C. than a mellower Ani D. ...
mtbikemikel wrote:
Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
Mike, as a guy who likes Ani's music, I do feel like it helps me stay in touch with my feminine side. You make it sound like there is something wrong with that. What gives? I find most men who are not in touch with their feminine side suffer from feelings of insecurity. These usually stem from a fear that their father never really appreciated them. Sadly, this is usually because the father was unable to express his feelings because he was afraid of his own feminine side. And so it goes through the generations. Over emphasizing the masculine, and shunning the feminine, is a common defense against this particular inferiority complex. And - just to be a guy about this whole thing - yes, a few of the Ani-fan chicks I've "gotten some from" over the years have been into other chicks at one time or another. Yep, there's nothing quite like a roll in the hay with a brainy, passionate chick who's not afraid to fully explore her sexuality. But that's not really a reason to like Ani DiFranco...just a pleasant side effect.
I used to hate Ani Difranco's music. I couldn't stand here voice. But 10+ years later and I actually like her. She must have changed :D
okelle wrote:
It's nice to know Ani isn't angry anymore. She was angry a lot when she was younger. Which is probably why I dug her.
But do you still dig her now that she isn't angry?
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Some good picking on banjo here, but the rest of it ... Meh. :snooty:
Funny thing, just wanted to leave a similar comment on this song... :eek:
Some good picking on banjo here, but the rest of it ... Meh. :snooty:
This one isnt quite as breathy or delivered with so many pauses as "As Is" or "32 Flavors" so I find myself enjoying it more. Nice banjo, too.
It's nice to know Ani isn't angry anymore. She was angry a lot when she was younger. Which is probably why I dug her.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Worse. She dumped him for a chick.
Excellent!
she just gave birth to a righteous baby girl! yay ANI!!!!
True, honest songwriting sung by a true, honest chick. Rock on, Ani.
Since I posted that I hated a different Ani song, I will add some balance by saying I like this one. If she would avoid the spastic guitar and make it more like this, I would like her more.
jubilantme wrote:
haha. my fiance' (a male) listened to ani difranco before i (a female) ever did. you sound quite angry, did a girl dump you for some other guy who listened to ani difranco?
Worse. She dumped him for a chick.
mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
haha. my fiance' (a male) listened to ani difranco before i (a female) ever did. you sound quite angry, did a girl dump you for some other guy who listened to ani difranco?
She reminds me of Nancy Griffith without the twang
mrrmt wrote:
What's wrong with "chick" music? Women do make up more than half of the U.S. population. Men and women obviously appreciate her "other" perspective on issue evident from Ani's amazing album sales and Righteous Babe Records' independent success. We've been spoon feed the white male take on the world for the past several hundred years, what is wrong with a different voice (unless you are that white man who is very afraid of losing his power …) And most women do cry easier than men as our physiology makes us more emotionally responsive – it does not indicate weakness. And men getting in touch with their feminine side? What the hell is wrong with that? What is your point? Posted 12 years ago by popularmechanics    [ Reply ]
mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
What's wrong with "chick" music? Women do make up more than half of the U.S. population. Men and women obviously appreciate her "other" perspective on issue evident from Ani's amazing album sales and Righteous Babe Records' independent success. We've been spoon feed the white male take on the world for the past several hundred years, what is wrong with a different voice (unless you are that white man who is very afraid of losing his power …) And most women do cry easier than men as our physiology makes us more emotionally responsive – it does not indicate weakness. And men getting in touch with their feminine side? What the hell is wrong with that? What is your point?
optimusprime10 wrote:
"...this is the internet, people! keep your opinion to yourself!"
:lol: :bounce: :lol:
mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
oh! where's that catalytic dude to single you out? i'll play the role today: "don't tell me what i can or cannot like! i mean geez; this is the internet, people! keep your opinion to yourself!"
mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
:lol: What an ass... I've always liked this tune.
mtbikemikel wrote:
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
That's such a load of crap. You sir are either a troll, or a earnest but misguided man who doesn't really know much about people outside of your own skin. As a guy who does like Ani, who knows exactly who he is, and is happily married to a woman who is not a big Ani fan, I can tell you honestly that your simplification of things is just plain wrong. I like Ani because she is a talented, headstrong singer/songwriter who isn't afraid to say whatever she wants. If that threatens some men, and even some women, then that is their problem and not hers.
Ani DiFranco is chick music totally.. for the kind of chicks who think they're tough but cry at the drop of a dime. Any guy who says he likes her music is just trying to get in touch with his feminine side... or trying to get some from a girl who probably only likes other girls.
mattt wrote:
Not liking someone's music is one thing. Actually wishing they were dead is a bit much. -mt-
So is not catching sarcasm.
houstoib wrote:
You know all those musicians that go down in plane crashes and prevents them from making any more music. Ani Difranco isn't one of them. Yah, I know, very sad.
Not liking someone's music is one thing. Actually wishing they were dead is a bit much. -mt-
MrSpaz wrote:
Hmm. I dunno. Sounds like a simple song to dad. Maybe apologizing for siding so steadfastly with mom, and now looking back realizing maybe mom wasn't right all the time, maybe not at all even.
I agree that that is part of what she's saying, but I think there's more to it then that. Ani tends to have that kind of layering to her lyrics, though many seem to only see the angry part. Interviews with her show a very well adjusted, complete human being who I would love to meet. And for a song that inspires soooo many negative comments its doing rather well in terms of rating. A 7 is more than a little respectable.
You should be angry, because you suck, Ani.
pixidrizzl wrote:
I love her and this song.
me too!
You know all those musicians that go down in plane crashes and prevents them from making any more music. Ani Difranco isn't one of them. Yah, I know, very sad.
jagdriver wrote:
Sorry, Ani.... who cares? If I didn't ever hear one more tune from her, it'd be OK.
Well said.
I love her and this song.
this is exactly the type of music I don't like. Man, but that's the fun thing about RP, right?
Yup, who cares, grow up. Life happens.
outstanding album... amazing song. love it love it love it
I was having the worst day. I was feeling angry and cranky and bitchy and rotten and you have played a tori song and and this very excellent ani! thank you. i feel so much better. trying to focus on these lyrics.
Sorry, Ani.... who cares? If I didn't ever hear one more tune from her, it'd be OK.
I'd say this song is gay - and in the original meaning - it is very positive, and with a great tune!
Leslie wrote:
What does that mean musically? Do you have any insightful comments with regard to the music? As far as I know, "Gay" is not a musical category.
I think it's a shame that the word gay has been railroaded as a sexual term, and can't be used any more in its original sense. The original meaning of 'gay' before all the modern connotations took over was 'lighthearted, free of hindrances, carefree." I can't speak for the original poster, but if that was their meaning then I think it's appropriate in describing a piece of music. Don't you?
cavendish wrote:
This sound is so gay.
Cavenish = one more ignorant Texan.
Marr wrote:
Funny, I had always assumed that this song was some kind of response to all her critics who gripe about her songs all sounding so angry at the world. Something along the lines of "Here I am writing a song that shows I can be happy".
Hmm. I dunno. Sounds like a simple song to dad. Maybe apologizing for siding so steadfastly with mom, and now looking back realizing maybe mom wasn't right all the time, maybe not at all even.
Funny, I had always assumed that this song was some kind of response to all her critics who gripe about her songs all sounding so angry at the world. Something along the lines of "Here I am writing a song that shows I can be happy".
Hmm. I usually have an appreciation for Ani, but this song really got me, not in a Kinks kinda way, though.
cavendish wrote:
This sound is so gay.
i guess so...the name of the song is I'm not angry anymore. gay=happy. :P
she is so great! check out the VOTE DAMMIT tour!
Leslie wrote:
"Gay" is not a musical category.
No? Have you heard the "Queer As Folk" soundtrack?
good choice. Bill did you choose this one because her Dad passed away a few days ago? It forced her to cancel a few shows, including one in San Diego where i was going to get to see her for the first time. very sad.
Lupin_III wrote:
It is NOW. Music is ever-evolving, and believe you me, this is PLENTY gay. :p
If this is gay then count me in on THAT bandwagon!
Originally Posted by Leslie: What does that mean musically? Do you have any insightful comments with regard to the music? As far as I know, "Gay" is not a musical category.
It is NOW. Music is ever-evolving, and believe you me, this is PLENTY gay. :p
Not my genra of choice.. but a very good song.. Nice lyrics, good up beet tempo. Great voice and not too twangy. Would like to hear more from this artist.
Originally Posted by cavendish: This sound is so gay.
What does that mean musically? Do you have any insightful comments with regard to the music? As far as I know, "Gay" is not a musical category.
Thanks for the ongoing education in Ani. It\'s a treat!
Like Suzanne said, songs like this are the reason I listen to Ani. :)
Originally Posted by cavendish: This sound is so gay.
Not that there's anything wrong with that ;)
This sound is so gay.