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Janis Ian

I'll Give You A Stone If You'll Throw It (Changing Tymes)

Janis Ian

When all of your friends say you must make amends
before they'll let you dance,
and they threaten to ignore you
And your best friend, your father
looks at you, wondering
who the hell asked for you
All the plays you used to say
just bore you
All the presents they bring, the praise they sing
only makes a whore of you
Go on, let the hurting creep on through

Don't let it bother you
Don't let it blow your mind
It's only a sign of the changing times

And when all of the guys who said they'd stand by you
Lie for you. Die for you.
Maybe even shut their eyes and cry for you
And now you see that the tears they bring
were just bribes for you
For they'll bring you up, and they'll string you up
crying "Baby Blue"
Let the hurting creep on through


They want you to stay the same way you were
when they first saw you
They'll ask for love. You go above, and they'll do you up
complaining that they're bored with you
It's only a time for a change in your mind
Leave behind what you do

And when all the hippy things you used to do only bother you
only serve to amuse your laughing eyes
Try and explain that it's only the pain
of a change in your mind
When all those who warned - don't you finalize
They categorize, cut you down to size
They say - hey, you're hung up
You know they're just strung up
in a web of their kind
And you let it get you up tight


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