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  • Janis Ian playing bass for Rev. Marie Knight on 'Old Woodsongs Hour' - photo by Larry Streun
  • Janis Ian with Pat Snyder & Bette Midler
  • Janis Ian with author J. A. (Judy) Jance - photo by Denise Tschida
  • Janis Ian with Judy jance celebrating her living room concert - photo by Debra Hyslop
  • Janis Ian with Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Joe Boles (Mayor of St. Augustine) & his wife Jane - photo by Jane-Gale Burnick
  • Janis Ian backstage at the Ryman Auditorium with Chet Atkins & Garrison Keillor - photo by Barbara Short
  • A 15 year old Janis Ian with television host Joey Bishop - photo by Ivan Nagy
  • Janis Ian at a signing in Japan - photo by Peter Cunningham
  • Janis Ian with Steve Earle,  Johnny Cash, Clint Black & Connie Bradley
  • Janis with Clint Black, Mary Chapin-Carpenter and others - photo by Don Putnam
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Janis Ian

Papa gave me music
Mama gave me soul.
Brother gave me reaching out to hold
Teacher gave me license
Learning set me free
Schooling gave me nothing
Music showed me how to be
Papa gave me want-to-be
Brother gave me empathy
Mama gave me woman, but that isn't all I need

I have lived in houses.
I have lived in homes.
Eaten off of tables made of wood or stone
Through the trials and tribulations,
I've never known
how to say I love you
and let my feelings show

So thank you for the music
Thank you for the song
Bless you for the freedom
in knowing right from wrong
Thank you for the laughter,
The heartaches and the tears
It's a blessing to grow
It's a goodness to be here
You give me want-to-be
You give me sympathy
You give me woman

Thank you for loving me,
and letting it show
It's a pleasure to be here
So bless us, every one

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