You Had Time

Ani DiFranco

About You Had Time

"You Had Time" is a song written and recorded by American songwriter Ani DiFranco from her 1994 album Out of Range. The song, which was one of her more critically lauded from the album, describes the complicated emotions associated with the breakup of a long-term relationship. The album recording begins with an acoustic piano solo of more than two minutes, before breaking into the song itself. Writer and occasional music journalist Nick Hornby featured the song in his work 31 Songs (also known as Songbook), in which he discussed his thoughts on a number of his favourite songs. He attributes the two-minute solo to a depiction of the creative process behind the song. Hornby also suggests that "You Had Time" is an example of a song that, while it may not read as poetry on paper, nevertheless makes for a beautiful song. The song was used in the 2001 Canadian film Lost and Delirious as the backdrop to a montage of one of the protagonists' reactions to grief at the breakup of a serious relationship. 


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How can I go home
With nothing to say
I know you're going to look at me that way
And say what did you do out there?
And what did you decide?
You said you needed time
And you had time

You are a china shop
And I am a bull
You are really good food
And I am full
I guess everything is timing
I guess everything's been said
So I am coming home with an empty head

You'll say did they love you or what?
I'll say they love what I do
The only one who really loves me is you
And you'll say girl you kick some butt
And I'll say I don't really remember
But my fingers are sore
And my voice is too

You'll say it's really good to see you
You'll say I missed you horribly
You'll say let me carry that
Give that to me
And you will take the heavy stuff
And you will drive the car
And I'll look out the window and make jokes
About the way things are

How can I go home
Nothing to say
I know you're going to look at me that way
And say what did you do out there
And what did you decide
You said you needed time
And you had time
You had time
You had time
You had time
You had time

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Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco ( /ˈɑːniː/; born Angela Maria DiFranco on September 23, 1970) is an American singer, guitarist, poet, and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums, and is widely considered a feminist icon. more »

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