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Best Of Janis Ian: The Autobiography Collection

Ginny The Flying Girl

Janis Ian

Ginny the flying girl
wanted to see the world
Her parents were poor,
and they couldn't afford
to send her away for a whirl

She waited until they slept
and into the night she crept
with only the stars and the cold light of mars,
Ginny took off like a jet

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

She lived in a tiny room
surrounded by huge balloons
The covers would fly
past her magical eye
and the pillows saluted the moon

At night when the lights went out,
he'd take to the sky and shout
"Hey, Milky Way, lead me on 'til the day
"says hello to the night's turnabout!"

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

Whenever the world won't bend
Whenever I need a friend
I just close my eyes
and I reach for the sky
and I know I can make it again

Whenever my dreams run dry
Just when I need to cry
Whenever it all looks too big, or too tall
I remember that I can fly

She rode through the sky
like an elephant's eye
Like the stars in a thundering herd
and when she came down
all the world had turned 'round
All that the ground people heard
was "Oh, for the life of a bird"

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on December 17, 2018

  • Thursday, January 31st

    Island Library, Holmes Beach, FL

    Island Library

    Holmes Beach, FL

    Phone: 941-778-6341

    Visit the venue's website

    Island Library
    5701 Marina Drive
    Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Janis will be speaking about her career as a performing songwriter and author of the Grammy-winning audiobook "Society's Child: My Autobiography", along with "The Tiny Mouse", a children's book. The talk will be illustrated with a few songs and a Q&A. Merchandise will be offered for sale (cash/check preferred) to benefit The Pearl Foundation and the Island Library equally, and Janis is happy to sign items after the talk is over. For information please call 941-778-6341. * Please note, this is a co-venture with the Waterline Marriott next door to the library. The actual talk will take place at the Waterline, piped into the library and then offered on line. Expect laughter and tears on gorgeous Anna Maria Island! 

  • Wednesday, March 6th

    Tiedtke Concert Hall, Winter Park, FL

    Tiedtke Concert Hall

    Winter Park, FL

    Phone: 407-646-2233

    Visit the venue's website

    Master Class - Free Event.

  • Thursday, March 7th

    Tiedtke Concert Hall, Winter Park, FL

    Tiedtke Concert Hall

    Winter Park, FL

    Phone: 407-646-2233

    Visit the venue's website

    Free show.

  • Thursday, August 8th

    Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT

    Egyptian Theatre

    Park City, UT

    Phone: 435-649-9371

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    Master Class with Livingston Taylor.

    10AM to 2PM

  • Friday, August 9th

    Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT

    Egyptian Theatre

    Park City, UT

    Phone: 435.649.9371

    Visit the venue's website

    With Livingston Taylor.

    Tickets on sale May 1, 2019.

  • Saturday, August 10th

    Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT

    Egyptian Theatre

    Park City, UT

    Phone: 435-649-9371

    Visit the venue's website

    With Livingston Taylor.

    Tickets on sale May 1, 2019.

  • Sunday, August 11th

    Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT

    Egyptian Theatre

    Park City, UT

    Phone: 435-649-9371

    Visit the venue's website

    With Livingston Taylor.

    Tickets on sale May 1, 2019.

  • Wednesday, August 14th

    Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

    Ridgefield Playhouse

    Ridgefield, CT

    Phone: 203-438-5795

    Visit the venue's website

    With Livingston Taylor.

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