talk to me now lyrics – ani difranco

“talk to me now”

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 sh*r*
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 lyrics