Work Your Way Out
Ani DiFranco 1990
Like I Said 1993

Lying on the floor four stories high
In the corridor between the asphalt and the sky
I am caught like bottled water,
the light daughter
I wonder what you look like under your t-shirt
I wonder what you sound like when you're not wearing words
I wonder what we have when we're not pretending
It's never-ending, haven't you heard?
I don't need to tell you what this is about
You just start on the inside and work your way out
We are all polylingual but some of us pretend
That there's virtue in relying, on not trying to understand
We're all citizens of the womb before we subdivide into sexes and shades
This side that side,
and I don't need to tell you what this is about
You just start on the inside and work your way out,
undressing for the fan like it was a man
Wondering about all the things that I'll never understand
There are some things that you can't know,
unless you've been there
But oh how far we could go if we started to share
I don't need to tell you what it is about
You just start on the inside.
You just start on the inside and work your way out
Ani DiFranco