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...For All The Seasons Of Your Mind

Lonely One

Janis Ian

You get your love from dogs and cats
you've found in the neighborhood,
and animal love is good
You haven't got a girl
You're scared of the world
No, you don't want a lover, you want a mother
Yes, you read all the overground books
You have quite an intellectual look
but are you an artist?
Ae you a book or just a cover?

Lonely One, you make me feel
I'm the only one to know that you're not real
Lonely One, turned down thumbs on the world

So you say you're an artist with a tormented soul
Your heroes have left for the Hollywood Bowl
Sour grapes, come here
You say you never really cared
Don't you see, you're just like him and me
Ah, but you're a pillar of society
and you are good
Do all that Big Brother says you should
All of your friends, they need a boss
Someone to help them onto the cross
Now don'tcha like being somebody's punishment?
It makes you feel needed

Lonely One, you make me feel
I'm the only one to know that you're not real
Lonely One, turned down thumbs on the world

And though you're alone, you say it will pass
You stuff your head with all your grass
It wouldn't be so bad, if that weren't all you had
You've never seen the lady laugh
Lonely One, don't you wish you had
been a four-star general, just like Captain America
You go to bed each night, your arms wrapped 'round a pillow
Dreaming of becoming tomorrow's superhero
Rose-colored glasses - I wish you had them
At least you would see me

Lonely One, you make me feel
I'm the only one to know that you're not real
Lonely One, turned down thumbs on the world

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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

    Visit the venue's website

    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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