(but if i become a) Centenarian

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co-written by Ani DiFranco


iIf one day i grow so old i can no longer sing,
put some poison in my tea and let me sleep.
If i lose the countenance of my lips and my lungs,
put a pill upon my tongue and let come what comes.

but if i become a centenarian who can roller skate with ease,
take me to Belize
and let me sing out to the sea.

if i lose the will to coax my poetry from life,
lay me down upon my side and fetch the knife.
if the magic goes from simple vagabondish prose,
put a pistol to my nose and let it blow.

but if i become a centenarian who is light upon her toes,
teach me tai kwon do
and i'll keep kicking til i go.

if my instruments get blown up in a thunderbird
speeding off the rocky cliffs across the bay,
i'll still catch the killer, oh i'll still win the day;
let 'em know i play to win or i don't play.

if the lady Magdalene visits me in a dream,
i will purse my lips and scream a gentle scream.
she'll say i had no right to live a hedonistic life,
so i'll kiss her on the teeth and open up my eyes.

but if i become a centenarian who has mother fucking tried,
it won't be goodbye
it will only be goodnight.


from Unlovely EP, released August 22, 2016



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