"red letter year" by Ani DiFranco

new years eve we dropped mushrooms
and danced around the house
making music with everything that we found
incantation replaced resolution 
and we vowed to allow each perfection 
that we could be
and the goddesses sent word
that this would be a red letter year
they didn't mention how much shit was gonna change around here
it's just as well we weren't swollen with unfocused dread
we had visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads
dancing in our heads

first you go under and then coming up gives you bends
and when you break the surface
and all you see is your friends
so you grab your purple crayon
and flesh out the picture behind
and finally the whole world is made of one unbroken line
one unbroken line

and when you wake up sick as a dog
with dull eyes and really bad hair
standing under a lit sign with the words on air
and the water is rising 
it's coming in everywhere
just remember you are there
you're always, always there.

and representing the white race
a man with a monkey for a face
is flying over in his helicopter
whistling dixie and playing dumb

in a town that might put a gun to your throat
or rip the roof right off your place
there's a mold crawling up the walls
and falling asleep in your lungs
and you and i both know how to drink some
we will always have work in this town
besides the police are stationed at the bridge 
and they're preventing passage to higher ground

so let's pull up some barstools
and get ourselves a ringside seat
for one unnerving moment
they're gonna show the truth on TV

Ani DiFranco Lyrics brought to you by danah boyd since 1995