TRACY CHAPMAN: Singing For Herself

Armed only with her voice, her guitar and her conscience, TRACY CHAPMAN has helped make protest music fashionable again

Tracy Chapman is serious about her smile. She does not bestow it lightly. Laughter, the same story. She covers her mouth when she laughs, as though to hide the fact that she is tickled about something. "If there is some major misconception about me," she says very seriously, "it is that I'm always serious." And then, a brief smile.

Be careful of my heart

I just lost a little faith

When you broke my heart

She is smaller and more delicate than she appears in pictures, her voice higher and more nasal than on her records. There is a solidity about...

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