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Thread #129527 Message #2908940
Posted By: mousethief
17-May-10 - 11:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: My Autobiography (Janis Ian)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Autobiography (Janis Ian)
Here is a much younger Janis. Though still beautiful today she was a knock out in her younger years.
Wow, the phrasing she uses (at least before the band kicks in) is VERY different from the radio version! It's almost as if she's interpreting her own song as if it were somebody else's.
The lyrics may seem vulnerable but they're also very sophisticated. Big words skillfully employed (not just tossed in for show), wicked internal rhyme, very evocative and almost cinematic.
I have that album on vinyl; I'll have to dig it out (once the house is put back together) and give it another listen.
I love the line in the "Autobiography" song, "I've had a husband and a wife." Deceptively simple, but packs a punch!