Talk To Me Now
Ani DiFranco 1990
Like I Said 1993

He said Ani, "You've gotten tough"
'Cause my tone was curt.
Yeah, and when I'm approached in a dark alley,
I don't lift my skirt.
In this city, self-preservation is a full time occupation.
I'm determined to survive on this shore.
You know, I don't avert my eyes anymore.
In a man's world, I am a woman by birth.
And after nineteen times around,
I have found they will stop at nothing
Once they know what you are worth.
Talk to me now.
I played the powerless in too many dark scenes,
and I was blessed with a birth and a death,
and I guess I just want some say in between.
Don't you understand
in the day to day and the face to face,
I have to act just as strong as I can
just to preserve a place where I can be who I am.
So if you still know how talk to me now.
Ani DiFranco