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And the writer said, "I wish you'd known me

when I still believed in the truth.

Now it's all I have left

along with my debts and lack of youth."

He said: "Take no prisoners.

Tell no lies.

No pretty songs of compromise.

Take no prisoners, tell no lies ..."

—Janis Ian, "Take No Prisoners"

Copyright © 1995 Rude Girl Publishing

Used by kind permission of Janis Ian

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