Ani Difranco - Dilate Lyrics

life used to be life-like
now it's more like showbiz
i wake up in the night
and i don't know where the bathroom is
and i don't know what town i'm in
or what sky i am under
and i wake up in the darkness and i
don't have the will anymore to wonder
everyone has a skeleton
and a closet to keep it in
and your mine
every song has a you
a you that the singer sings to
and you're it this time
baby, you're it this time

when i need to wipe my face
i use the back of my hand
and i like to take up space
just because i can
and i use my dress
to wipe up my drink
i care less and less
what people think
and you are so lame
you always dissapoint me
it's kind of like our running joke
but it's really not funny
and i just want you to live up to
the image of you i create
i see you and i'm so unsatisfied
i see you and i dialate

so i'll walk the plank
and i'll jump with a smile
if i'm gonna go down
i'm gonna do it with style
and you won't see me surrender
you won't hear me confess
'cuz you've left me with nothing
but i've worked with less
and i learn every room long enough
to make it to the door
and then i hear it click shut behind me
and every key works differently
i forget everytime
and forgetting defines me
that's what defines me

when i say you sucked my brain out
the english translation
is i am in love with you
and it is no fun
but i don't use words like love
'cuz works like that don't matter
but don't look so offended
you know, you should be flattered
and i wake up in the night
in some big hotel bed
and my hands grope for the light
and my hands grope for my head
the world is my oyster
the road is my home
and i know that i'm better
off alone

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Ani Difranco Dilate Comments
  1. Jill Carter

    Dont look so offended, you know you should be flattered.
    18 peeps that disliked this are shitty peeps lol
    Thank you Ani.

  2. Falcon Typo

    She is so fucking amazing.

  3. Dove Paige Anthony AKA dead language decoder

    This is my "love letter" to my so called accepting LGB(t) communi(t)y.
    But don't look so offended
    You know you should be flattered

  4. Clutching my Pearls

    ❤️❤️❤️ this song.

  5. Daniel Hinchcliffe

    Every strum of the guitar is pouring with emotion...

  6. Elaine Rosefelder

    ani's awesome , but it's also the perfect ugly girl song, who's also the secretly beautiful girl song (because you can only do it in secret), about a boy, song.

  7. Tyler Darvintyne

    What kind of a psychopathetic fuck could ever click dislike on this absolutely gorgeous and timeless love tune?

  8. TheTraveling Muse

    The voice of an angel

  9. Billy D'goat

    2018 and it still resonates



  10. Callie Smole

    So good to see I'm not the only one who loves her!!

    Jamie Phillips

    I love this music

  11. Rafaelle S

    Me @ myself

  12. Crystal Pistol

    Reminds me of my MOM. God she sucks.


    Crystal Pistol ❤

    Caity Did

    Reminds me of my Dad. Sucks.

    Jedediah Laub-Klein

    Join the club kiddo...

  13. Mr M-Bag

    Fuck.... My heart cries during, but smiles after the release...


    Kristen Bleninger-Sundar

    Same. Been listening to this since I was in my early 20s. Still go back when I need catharsis. The whole “album,” actually.

  14. Queen Of Green Christi Kelly

    WOW! Leaves me speechless.... Like...almost EVERY TIME! Thank You , Ms. DiFranco ;) #Gratitude

  15. Miss Caroline

    i see you and i'm so unsatisfied
    i see you and i dilate

    Meredith BRIDGET Tideman

    did you realize she's lying when she said thatmnn. she's just been trying to keep her pain to herself until she wrote the song

  16. ms ForRealForEver

    I learn every room long enough to make it the door


    "...and then I hear it click shut behind me." This is where I get tears in my eyes every fucking time.

  17. Stargazer Leia

    I love Ani

  18. Allison Doucette

    Yes Queen Ani, yessssss… How do you know exactly what to say?

  19. jobriathboy

    gorgeous, gorgeous song... the chorus gives me goosebumps... always...

  20. tony balogna

    love at first listen