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Best Of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection
Best Of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection

2008

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The Basics: Completely remastered with the cooperation of Sony and Universal, you can find "Society's Child," "At Seventeen," "Stars," and a host of others in the same double disc set - for the first time! This is a beautiful piece of work, both sonically and graphically.

Inside Scoop: And the book makes so much more sense with it... With Janis' blessing and cooperation, Sony Legacy are releasing these same two discs as The Essential Janis Ian. The Sony CD has completely different artwork, but that's the only difference. We don't want you to be surprised!

Lyrics

Hair Of Spun Gold

Janis Ian

When I was just the age of five
my world had just come alive
Wondrous things to be seen and be done
All that I could think of was fun

With hair of spun gold
Lips of ruby red
and eyes as deep as the deepest sea

And when I was just the age of ten
my life it did change again
I threw away all my childish toys
and worked on getting noticed by the boys

And when i was just thirteen years of age
going steady was all the rage
My momma picked me out the cutest boy
My little leather-jacketed toy

And hair of spun gold
turned to black as the night
Lips of ruby red were turned to pale pink

And when I was fifteen years of age
he had my hand in marriage
And when fifteen years of age
in my arms I held my babe

And now I'm twenty-one
I feel my life's over and done
and I'm looking down on my little child
wondering if she'll be so wild

She's got hair of spun gold
Lips of ruby red
and eyes as deep as the deepest sea

And I'm looking down on my child
I swear she'll have the time
There'll be time to love, there'll be time to learn
Her childish memories she won't spurn
We'll find time to laugh, there'll be time to play
She won't have to throw her toys away
I swear to you
We'll wait for time to take its time

© Taosongs Two. All rights reserved; international copyright secured.

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god & the fbi

Janis Ian

Mama's making mimeos. Pete's on the stereo
singing 'bout freedom, bugs in the bedroom
Big investigation - danger to the nation
Search and seizure, better buy a lawyer
"We know you're a member
"Saw you under cover
"Are you hiding evidence?"
None of this makes any sense

They called the FBI
I had to disappear
Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men
Told 'em I was hiding here
They could fingerprint my heart
I knew it from the start
Ain't no place for a face to hide
from God and the FBI

Commies, Pinkos, reds at the windows
Foreign agitators running elevators
J. Edgar Hoover in a pink tutu
investigating anyone who thinks like you
Welcome to the fifties
You look a little shifty

They called the FBI
I had to disappear
Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men
Told 'em I was hiding here
They could fingerprint my heart
I knew it from the start
Ain't no hole for a soul to hide
From God and the FBI

Stay flat, don't rat, What's a proletariat?
Stalin was a democrat - Washington is where it's at
Every politician is a sewer of ambition
Hide me, hide you - better hide the baby too
"We demand an interview
"How long have you been a Jew?
"We can make you testify
"Freedom is no alibi"

They called the FBI
I had to disappear
Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men
Told 'em I was hiding here
They could fingerprint my heart
I knew it from the start
Ain't no place for a face to hide
From God and the FBI

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Silly Habits

Janis Ian

I'm still in love,
though I don't care to let you know
there's something there
It doesn't show,
but when you're near,
silly habits mean a lot

I've been alone now
for quite some time, it's true
but every night when I come home
I'm coming home to you
I listen for your footsteps
Sometimes I even knock
Silly habits mean a lot

I've been parading
and I've led a lot astray
Why bother waiting
when you can have it all today?
You may remember...
I like my coffee hot
Silly habits mean a lot

So you go your way
and I'll go mine
Maybe someday
our paths will re-entwine
I used to say “I love you”
but one day I forgot
Silly habits mean a lot
Silly habits mean a lot

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Society's Child

Janis Ian

Come to my door, baby
Face is clean and shining black as night
My mama went to answer
You know that you looked so fine
Now I could understand the tears and the shame
She called you "Boy", instead of your name
When she wouldn't let you inside
When she turned and said
"But honey, he's not our kind"

She says I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more

Walk me down to school, baby
Everybody's acting deaf and blind
Until they turn and say
"Why don't you stick to your own kind?"
My teachers all laugh, their smirking stares
cutting deep down in our affairs
Preachers of equality
Think they believe it?
then why won't they just let us be?

They say I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more

One of these days I'm gonna stop my listening
Gonna raise my head up high
One of these days I'm gonna raise up
my glistening wings and fly
But that day will have to wait for a while
Baby, I'm only society's child
When we're older, things may change
but for now this is the way they must remain

I say -- I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more
No, I don't want to see you any more, baby

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Haven't I Got Eyes

Janis Ian

Lose our souls to money
And we lose our souls to love
Lose our souls to passion
And the silence from above
Haven't I got ears to hear
Haven't I got breath to breathe
Haven't I got eyes to see
What's happening to me

Sell our souls for money
And we sell our souls for love
Sell our souls for passion
And the silence from above
Haven't I got ears to hear
Haven't I got breath to breathe
Haven't I got eyes to see
what's happening to me

And everybody I know just wants more
You could fill death valley and not satisfy
Nothing is enough when that hunger hits your gut
Haven't I got eyes to see
Haven't I got eyes to see

Blinded by money
and we're blinded by love
Blinded by passion
and the silence from above
Haven't I got ears to hear
Haven't I got breath to breathe
Haven't I got eyes to see
What's happening to me

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Jesse

Janis Ian

Jesse come home
There's a hole in the bed
where we slept
Now it's growing cold
Hey Jesse, your face
in the place where we lay
by the hearth, all apart
It hangs on my heart

And I'm leaving the light on the stairs
No I'm not scared - I wait for you
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

Jesse, the floors and the boards,
recalling your step
And I remember, too
All the pictures are fading
and shaded in grey,
but I still set a place
on the table at noon

And I'm leaving a light on the stairs
No I'm not scared - I wait for you
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

Jesse, the spread on the bed
is like when you left
I've kept it up for you
All the blues and the greens
have been recently cleaned,
and they're seemingly new
Hey Jes, me and you

We'll swallow the light on the stairs
We'll do up my hair
We'll sleep unaware
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

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Stars

Janis Ian

* Also recorded by Mel Torme

I was never one for singing
what I really feel
except tonight, I'm bringing
everything I know that's real

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun, all in a blaze
And all you see is glory
Hey, but it gets lonely there,
when there's no one here to share
We can shake it away, if you'll hear a story

People lust for fame.
Like athletes in a game,
we break our collarbones and come up swinging
Some of us are downed.
Some of us are crowned
and some are lost and never found
But most have seen it all
They live their lives in sad cafes and music halls
They always have a story

Some make it when they're young,
before the world has done its dirty job
And later on, someone will say -
“You've had your day. “You must make way”
But they'll never know the pain
in living with a name you never owned,
or the many years forgetting
what you know too well

That the ones who gave the crown
have been let down
You try to make amends,
without defending

Perhaps pretending you never saw the eyes
of grown men of twenty-five,
that followed as you walked, and asked for autographs
or kissed you on the cheek -
and you never could believe they really loved you

Some make it when they're old.
Perhaps they have a soul they're not afraid to bare
or perhaps there's nothing there

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun, all in a blaze
And all you see is glory
Hey, but it gets lonely there,
when there's no one here to share
We can shake it away, if you'll hear a story

Some women have a body men will want to see
so they put it on display
Some people play a fine guitar.
I could listen to them play all day
Some ladies really move across a stage
and gee, they sure can dance
I guess I could learn how, if I gave it half a chance

But I always feel so funny when my body tries to soar
And I always seem to worry about missing the next chord
I guess there isn't anything to put out on display
except the tunes, and whatever else i say

And anyway, that isn't really what I meant to say...
I meant to tell a story I live from day to day

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun,
all in a blaze,
and all you see is glory
But those who've seen it all
live out their lives in sad cafes and music halls
We always have a story

So if you don't lose patience
with my fumbling around
I'll come up singing for you
even when I'm down

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Thankyous

Janis Ian

Papa gave me music
Mama gave me soul.
Brother gave me reaching out to hold
Teacher gave me license
Learning set me free
Schooling gave me nothing
Music showed me how to be
Papa gave me want-to-be
Brother gave me empathy
Mama gave me woman, but that isn't all I need

I have lived in houses.
I have lived in homes.
Eaten off of tables made of wood or stone
Through the trials and tribulations,
I've never known
how to say I love you
and let my feelings show

So thank you for the music
Thank you for the song
Bless you for the freedom
in knowing right from wrong
Thank you for the laughter,
The heartaches and the tears
It's a blessing to grow
It's a goodness to be here
You give me want-to-be
You give me sympathy
You give me woman

Thank you for loving me,
and letting it show
It's a pleasure to be here
So bless us, every one

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This Train Still Runs

Janis Ian/Jess Leary

* Also recorded by Ronnie Gilbert & Holly Near

I felt a rumble in my heart, over the mountains
as the engine ate the spark, spitting out the miles
Times when I tried to jump the track
Weight of the world upon my back
Still after all is said and done

This train still runs
It doesn't matter where it's gone
This train still runs
and though the baggage weighs a ton,
we carry on
Nothing is forever young
I'm not done - his train still runs

I had a friend I left behind, back at the station
We used to burn the power lines, racing with the wind
But time has the manners of a thief
Young love turns bittersweet
Still we keep that lantern hung - this train still runs

This train still runs
It doesn't matter where it's gone
This train still runs
and though the baggage weighs a ton,
we carry on
No one is forever young
I'm not done this train still runs

Got a ticket in my pocket & I'm ready to ride
Got a motor rolling over to an easy glide
I'm gonna travel on the gravel to the other side
Sure as a baby loves the teat
Sure as a high heel on concrete
Sure as the songs I've left unsung
This train still runs

This train still runs
It doesn't matter where it's gone
This train still runs
and though the baggage weighs a ton,
we carry on
Nothing is forever young
I'm not done - this train still runs
This train still runs
This train still runs

© Rude Girl Pub. (50%)/WB Music Corp.
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At Seventeen

Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
and high school girls with clear skinned smiles
who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth

And those of us with ravaged faces
lacking in the social graces
desperately remained at home
inventing lovers on the phone
who called to say - come dance with me
and murmured vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems at seventeen

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
whose name I never could pronounce
said - Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve
The rich relationed hometown queen
marries into what she needs
with a guarantee of company
and haven for the elderly

Remember those who win the game
lose the love they sought to gain
in debentures of quality and dubious integrity
Their small-town eyes will gape at you
in dull surprise when payment due
exceeds accounts received at seventeen

To those of us who knew the pain
of valentines that never came
and those whose names were never called
when choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me

We all play the game, and when we dare
we cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
that call and say - Come dance with me
and murmur vague obscenities
at ugly girls like me, at seventeen

© Mine Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Japan Ltd.
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Love Is Blind

Janis Ian

Love is blind
Love is only sorrow
Love is no tomorrow
since you went away

Love is blind
How well I remember
In the heat of summer pleasure
winter fades

How long will it take
before I can't remember
memories I should forget?
I've been burning
since the day we met

Love is blind
Love is without a mercy
Love is "Now you've hurt me"
"Now you've gone away"
Love is blind
Love is no horizon
and I'm slowly dying
here in yesterday

In the morning
waken to the sound of weeping
Someone else should weep for me
Now it's over, lover, let me be

Love is blind
Love is your caress
Love is tenderness
and momentary pain
Love is blind
How well I remember
In the heat of summer pleasure,
winter fades

© Mine Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Japan Ltd.
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Fly Too High (Written/recorded for the motion picture Foxes)

Janis Ian/Giorgio Moroder

Anonymous autonomous
will likely get the best of us yet
Before you disappear
if you can lend me half an ear I'll regret
If i treat you like a number
it's because i can't remember your name
so have another cigarette
and help me to forget why I came

Run too fast, fly too high
Run too fast, fly too high

On dark & lonely nights
I'm only right
when things are bright on the floor
Dancing & romancing
Gallivanting with a handsome I score
If you don't believe me you should
see me when I'm ready to score
I'll lose my concentration
on a new infatuation I'm sure

Run too fast, fly too high
Run too fast, fly too high
Got no past, no goodbye
Run too fast, fly too high

Hanging around on the infield,
what do you steal
but another feel at the top
Making believe in the long run
when a shotgun
is the way to get out of the shop
Hang tail in a new jail
Go bail, you can dance until you drop
There's no fool like an old fool
in a new school – you just can't stop

Run too fast, fly too high
Run too fast, fly too high
Got no past, no goodbye
Run too fast, fly too high

© Mine Music Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Japan Ltd. (50%) Ricks Music Inc./Warner Chappell.
All rights reserved; international copyright secured.

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Arms Around My Life

Janis Ian

All those broken promises
All those shattered dreams
All this ache and loneliness
that hides inside of me
I've been waiting for so long
I've forgotten what it's like
to feel somebody's arms around my life

All this longing
All this yearning
All this hopeless
twisting and turning
I've been lonely for so long
I've forgotten what it's like
to feel somebody's arms around my life

I know you're out there, somewhere
underneath the stars
And when you finally find me
I'll know who you are
Star light, star bright
Haven't I the right
to feel somebody's arms around my life

All the broken promises
All the shattered dreams
All this aching loneliness
Will finally be set free
I have waited for so long
to remember what it's like
to feel somebody's arms around my life

© Taosongs Two. All rights reserved; international copyright secured.

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His Hands

Janis Ian

His hands were made of lightning
His fingers were the wind
They reached into my heart
and let me love again
His touch was made for pleasure
so good it seemed a sin
Stroking my soul, keeping me whole
'til I gave myself to him

His hands - they never hit me sober
His hands - they never marked my face
I would rather be blind thn see him treat me that way
I would rather be deaf than hear that sound
Like a pistol cracking as the spirit breaks
ad love comes tumbling down

He learned it from his father
and from his father's wife
He learned from the preacher
who told her they were married for life
And if I'd had his children
they might have learned from me
I finally ran when I saw that his hands
wuld sign that legacy

He said, "I've broken stallions
"I've broken mares too
"and given time, and the right frame of mind
"I swear I'll break you"

So come all you pretty women
who think that you're too smart
and learn from one who loved a damaged heart
There are some things you can gamble
There are some things you can change
but you can't change a man with the law in his hand
It's like trying to drown the rain

His hands - they never hit me sober
His hands - they never marked my face
I would rather be blind tThan see him treat me that way
I would rather be deaf than hear that sound
Like a pistol cracking as the spirit breaks
and love comes tumbling down
Tumbling down
Tumbling down

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When Angels Cry

Janis Ian

Wait
Your tired arms must rest
Let this moment pass
Wait until the morning
Close your eyes and you will see
who you used to be
left without a warning
Who knew one so big could grow so small?
Lighter than the writing on the wall

When angels cry, can I stand by?
When stones weep, can my heart sleep?
Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
Wish I'd never heard
the power of a four letter word

'cause only love will matter in the end
For a woman or a man -
what's the difference now?
Here, we live with bottles
and needles and truth
Here is your living proof
that death cannot be proud
Some say it's a judgment on us all
I can't believe that God would be that small

When angels cry, can I stand by?
When stones weep, can my heart sleep?
Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
Wish I'd never heard
the power of a four letter word

If ever was a rose that longed to bloom
If ever was a heart that longed to fly
If ever was an angel, it was you
So close your eyes and say goodbye
Goodbye

When angels cry, I can't stand by
When stones weep, I can't sleep
Guess I've finally learned
Guess I've finally learned
Yes, I've finally learned
that love is just a four letter word
Hope is just a four letter word

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My Tennessee Hills

Janis Ian

When all my dreams have been shattered
and the fabric of life comes undone
When it seems like nothing matters
and all of my good times are gone,
There's a place that I've kept sheltered
\from the sight of my sorrow and shame
Though it's years since I beheld her,
she still calls my name

I'll go home, I'll go home
where the wild shadows roam
wnd the dawn over mountaintops spills
Where the deer pause in flight
on the edge of the night
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills

When all my vows have been broken
and my wild heart can't be tamed
When I've loved and lost once too often
and failure is my middle name
There's a place that holds forgiveness
and the promise of peace in despair
When I'm down to my last witness
I'll be going there

I'll go home, I'll go home
where the wild shadows roam
and the dawn over mountaintops spills
Where the deer pause in flight
on the edge of the night
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills

I'll go home, I'll go home
where the wild shadows roam
and the dawn over mountaintops spills
Where the deer pause in flight
on the edge of the night
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills
I'll go home to my Tennessee hills

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Every Love

Janis Ian/Kyle Fleming

Every love is different
Every love's the same
Every love has memories
Every love has pain
I knew love at thirty
and I knew love at nine
but the love I know right now
is the sweetest love I'll ever find

Every town's familiar
Every town is strange
When you're feeling lonely
every town's the same
I have dreamed of Paris
and I have dreamed of Rome
but the dream we're in right now
is the sweetest dream I've ever known

Touch me
in the silent shelter of the night
Hide me
Safely wrapped in your arms
'til morning's light

Every love remembers
Every love forgets
I've had my share of sorrows
but I have no regrets
Love is made of silver
Love is made of gold
but the love that we have made
is the sweetest love I'll ever know

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Some People's Lives

Janis Ian/Kye Fleming

* Also recorded by Bette Midler

Some people's lives
run down like clocks
One day they stop
That's all they've got
Some lives wear out
Like old tennis shoes
No one can use
It's sad, but it's true

Didn't anybody tell them?
Didn't anybody see?
Didn't anybody love them
Like you love me?

Some people's eyes
Fade with their dreams
Too tired to rise
Too tired to sleep
Some people laugh
When they need to cry,
And they never know why

Didn't anybody tell them,
that's not how it has to be ?
Didn't anybody love them
like you love me?

Some people ask --
If the tears have to fall,
then why take your chances?
Why bother at all?

And some people's lives
are as cold as their lips
They just need to be kissed

Doesn't anybody tell them?
Doesn't anybody see?
Doesn't anybody love them
like you love me?
'cause that's all they need

© Taosongs Two (50%)/Irving Music/Eaglewood Music.
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Stolen Fire

Janis Ian

When we kissed last night I knew the story
It's the same old, same old song
We battled for the passion and the glory,
but we loved too long

When the new wears off, the weak ones fade
Some whore moves in for the kill
I could hear her thunder in the love we made
I can hear it still
It was singing in your veins, every time you touched me
It was written on your face when you said that you loved me

You've been stealing fire
You've been bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - I might have burned as bright
but I could not hold a candle to that light
of stolen fire

Was she all that good? Was I all that bad?
Did you have to take notes in the dark?
Have you taught her how to do all the things that I taught you?
Did our years leave a mark?

I know it's not cool to be angry. I know it's so nineties to care
but she ate from off my table. She was treated like a sister
Thought I knew her well - but you knew her better

You've been stealing fire
You've been bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - I might have burned as bright
but I could not hold a candle to that light
of stolen fire

Shine on - live your life as lovers
Baby I'm gone. Who knows what I'll discover?
As the years get born, & your circles never close,
you will find some thorns in that innocent rose
And you will pluck out her heart
and she'll know what I'm feeling
'cause old habits die hard, and

You'll be stealing fire
You'll be bringing it home
Stoking the coals of desire
Stolen fire - she thinks she burns that bright
But she can't hold a candle to that light
No she'll never hold a candle... to that light

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days like these

Janis Ian

On days like these
when the rain won't fall
and the sky is so dry
that even birds can't call
I can feel your tears
disappearing in the air
Carried on the breeze
on days like these

It's years like these
that make a young man old
Bend his back against the promises
that life should hold
They can make him wise
They can drive him to his knees
Nothing comes for free
on days like these

But you can't reap what you don't sow
and you can't plant in fallow ground
so let us fill this empty earth with hope
until the rains come down

In lives like these
where every moment counts
I add up all the things
that i can live without
When the one thing left
is the blessing of my dreams
I can make my peace
with days like these

I can make my peace
with days like these

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Tattoo

Janis Ian

Her new name was tattooed to her wrist
It was longer than the old one
Sealed in the silence with a fist
This night will be a cold one
Centuries live in her eyes
Destiny laughs over jack-booted thighs
"Work makes us free" says the sign
Nothing leaves here alive
Tattoo

She steps out of line to the left,
and her father to the right
One sides a cold, clean death
The other is an endless night
Gold from a grandmother's tooth
Mountains of jewelry and toys
piled in the corners, mailed across the borders
Presents for the girls and boys
Presents for the girls and boys
Tattoo

It gets darker every night
Spread-eagled out among the stars, she says
Somewhere in this tunnel lives a light
Still my beating heart
I have never known a man
What man will want me now?
Am I still alive, somehow?
If I can survive, somehow
Tattooed

Soldiers from the other side
liberated them at dawn
Gave her water, gave her life
She still had all her clothes on
She lived until she died
Empty as the autumn leaves that fly
Surgeons took the mark
but they could not take it far
It was written on her heart
Written on her empty heart
Tattooed

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This Through The Years

Janis Ian

It's a miracle of nature
just to be alive tonight
Awake in your arms
The world and it's charms
lit up by candle light
It's a miracle of feeling
to love despite the fear
So please don't forget
I've had no regrets
since you found me here

Through the years we've been happy
Through the years we've been sad
and sometimes, feeling lucky
was the only luck we had
but we always found
some laughter In the tears
Through the years

It's a never-ending wonder
that other arms are cold,
when every night
I'm warmed by the light
of your spindthrift soul
Shining like a beacon
Lit up aganst the dark
What do people do
when they don't have you
alive in their heart?

Through the years we've been happy
Through the years we've been sad
and sometimes, feeling lucky
was the only luck we had
but we always found
some laughter In the tears
Through the years

What do people do
who haven't got you
to lighten the tears?
Through the years
Through the years
Through the years

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I Hear You Sing Again

Woody Guthrie/Janis Ian

If I could only hear my mother sing again
If I could close my eyes and hear your voice as then
All the friends and family
would sing along with me,
and set your spirit free

In my heart I hear you sing again
Every note as natural as then
When I sing those songs
with family and friends,
in my heart I hear you sing again

I know the troubled times that turned your hair to grey
and all the tears and sorrows followed to your grave
but deep within the heart of hunger,
there were always melodies
passed from you to me

In my heart I hear you sing again
Every note as natural as then
When I sing those songs
for family and friends,
in my heart I hear you sing again

And it's a long, long road I've come
since my mother's songs were heard
but the child I can't outrun
still hangs on every word

In my heart I hear you sing again
Every note as natural as then
When I sing those songs
with family and friends,
in my heart I hear you sing again
In my heart, I hear you sing again

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Joy

Janis Ian

I wish you roses in the spring
Fledglings on the wing
Fireflies that sing your name
I wish you flowers in the grass
Memories that last
Shelter from the passing rain

I wish you joy
I wish you joy
I wish you joy

I hope the wind is at your back,
keeping you on track
That you never lack for love
I hope you walk beside your heart,
even in the dark
guided by the stars above

I wish you love
I wish you love
I wish you love

So wherever you may roam,
out there on your own,
home is just a heart away

I wish you joy
I wish you joy
I wish you joy

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My Autobiography

Janis Ian

I know you and I'll agree
What this world needs is a lot more me
Well, I have got the remedy
Gonna write my autobiography
I've led a fascinating life
Had a husband and a wife
but you will truly be amazed
at just how humble I have stayed

Enough about me, let's talk about you
What do you think of me?
You must feel such gratitude
that you will get to read
my autobiography

My life doesn't have a very good plot
Guess I'll have to lie a lot
Should be easy to make things up
There's no one left to call my bluff
A lot of my old friends have passed on
The rest did drugs and their memory's gone
so I'll write my own history
in my autobiography

I'll say I slept with a Kennedy
Don't remember which one
They all looked the same to me,
or they did when we got done

Maybe they'll film it for TV
I wonder who they'll cast as me
Should be somebody I look like
Sigourney Weaver'd be all right
Gonna be hard to deal with fame
Once the whole world knows my name
but I'll stay humble and grateful to
all the little people like you

A thousand pages more of me
and all I've said and done
It will be my legacy,
and that's just volume one
of my autobiography

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I Long For You

Janis Ian

Don't you go – don't you leave.
We'll be good, just wait and see
So many things we never knew,
like you need me, and I long for you

I can't bear to sleep at night
when you're not there to close the light
Tell me why the world was born
What good's a world, when the one you love is gone

Don't leave tonight
Don't close the door
No need to fight
No call to war
We could make it, if we tried
A touch of laughter
A long goodbye

I can't go, but I can't stay
Life changes so, from black and white to grey
and old cliches that grow like vines,
to choke the heart of the one you leave behind

The hollow laughter
Empty rooms
The morning after
comes too soon
You could make the angels cry
but I can't take a long goodbye

So don't you go
Don't you leave
We'll be good
just you wait and see
So many things I never knew
like you need me
and I long for you

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Ginny The Flying Girl

Janis Ian

Ginny the flying girl
wanted to see the world
Her parents were poor,
and they couldn't afford
to send her away for a whirl

She waited until they slept
and into the night she crept
with only the stars and the cold light of mars,
Ginny took off like a jet

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

She lived in a tiny room
surrounded by huge balloons
The covers would fly
past her magical eye
and the pillows saluted the moon

At night when the lights went out,
he'd take to the sky and shout
"Hey, Milky Way, lead me on 'til the day
"says hello to the night's turnabout!"

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

Whenever the world won't bend
Whenever I need a friend
I just close my eyes
and I reach for the sky
and I know I can make it again

Whenever my dreams run dry
Just when I need to cry
Whenever it all looks too big, or too tall
I remember that I can fly

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

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Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

Trad Arr. Janis Ian

With your guns and drums and drums and guns
Harroo. Harroo.
With your guns and drums and drums and guns
Harroo. Harroo.
With your guns and drums and drums and guns
the enemy nearly slew ye
Oh, my darling dear, you look so queer
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

Where are your legs that used to run?
Harroo. Harroo.
Where are your legs that used to run?
Harroo. Harroo.
Where are your legs that used to run
when first you went to carry a gun?
Now I fear your dancing days are done
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

Where are your arms that held me tight?
Harroo. Harroo.
Where are your arms that held me tight?
Harroo. Harroo.
Where are your arms that held me tight
ahen first you went to join the fight?
And we'll never, no more, share the night
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

They're rolling out the drums again
Harroo. Harroo.
They're rolling out the drums again
Harroo. Harroo.
They're rolling out the drums again
They're stirring up the boys and men
nd I fear we'll never see the end..
Johnny, I hardly knew ye

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Today You're Mine

Janis Ian

No, you're not the first
Yes, I've had a past
Completely unrehearsed
A small supporting cast
but suddenly I thirst,
afraid to drink too fast
And though I'm not your first,
I intend to be the last

Suddenly there's something more
than memories and time
Though I never knew the way before
today, you're mine

I used to be afraid
of shadows in the air
And all your yesterdays...
They really can't compare
For all these memories
are clinging to the past
They change like the autumn leaves
You see – they weren't meant to last

Suddenly there's something more
than memories and time
Though I never knew the way before
today, you're mine

Suddenly there's something more
than memories and time
Though I never knew the way before
today, you're mine

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