Discography

Discography

Back On The Bus Y’all

  • Release date: 1991-Jun-04
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Back on the Bus, Y’all is Indigo Girls’ first live album and fourth overall, released in EP format in 1991.

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    123

    Lyrics

    From the bowery to the brimstone, I tried to find your heart.
    With drugs of initiation, bottom of the barrel that drops.
    I understand your causes, sympathize the motivation.
    But all the details of this war are just self-infatuation.

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home.
    Manic blood runs thick my friend, are you looking for a clean escape?
    What's left when the locks have all been broken, young children of authority?
    How long can you be agile, dancing between the alter and the mercy seat?
    Here's a chance to make a choice, are you aware of the fire beneath your feet?

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home.
    The basement lies within us, the fear comes through the door
    There's nothing left between us, the fear becomes a roar.
    Once that wheel is in motion, don't you lose what you have found.
    I'm talking about that burning wheel of tongues, everything that makes it go
    around.
    We're all born in the devil's scorn, they want to see you die.
    Are you true? Everything they say is a lie.

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home

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    Tried To Be True

    Lyrics

    From baby to best with no second test,
    Little storms destroy you.

    Here is the fame they promised to give you,
    Taking the place of my hand now.

    Did you try to be true?
    What separates me from you?
    What separates me from you now?

    Did you borrow the soul
    The soul that you sell now?
    What does your conscience tell you?
    Where are the demons
    Of your desire?
    Why does my love destroy you?

    I said I tried to be true,
    What separates me from you.
    I said I tried, tried to be true
    What separates me from you.
    What separates me from you now?

    So where is the fame,
    Where is the fortune?
    Where is the world that denies you?
    Who is to blame,
    When my heart finally forfeits
    To a road that will only misguide you?

    Did we try to be true?
    What separates me from you?
    Did we try, try to be true?
    What separates me from you

    I bought my love a hunger
    More precious than a stone.
    All these fatal flowers,
    Did I misguide you?
    (Where is the world that denies you)
    (Tried to be true)

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    You And Me Of The 10,000 Wars

    Lyrics

    You and me of the 10,000 wars
    Dividing life into factions of pleasure and chores
    A bed to be made and a bed to lie in
    A hand in the darker side
    And our sights set on zion

    The heart of a skeptic and the mind of a child
    Put my life in a box and let my imagination run wild
    Pour the cement for my feet
    The heart and the mind on a parallel course
    Never the two shall meet
    And oh the dissatisfied with the satisfied
    Everybody loves a melodrama and the scandal of a lie
    Still you held your arms open
    For the prodigal daughter
    I see my eyes in your eyes through my eyes
    Still waters

    Try making one and one make one
    Twist the shapes until everything comes undone
    Watch the wizard behind the curtain
    The larger than life and the power of seeming certain
    The evil ego and the vice of pride
    Is there ever anything else that makes us take our different sides
    I wanted everything to feed me
    About as full as I got was of myself
    And the upper echalons of mediocrity
    And oh the dissatisfied with the satisfied
    Everybody loves a melodrama and the scandal of a lie
    Still you held your arms open
    For the prodigal daughter
    I see my eyes in your eyes through my eyes
    Still waters
    Still waters

    After the battles and we're still around
    Everything once up in the air has settled down
    Sweep the ashes let the silence find us
    A moment of peace is worth every war behind us
    You and me of the 10,000 wars

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    Prince Of Darkness

    Lyrics

    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark

    I don't know when I noticed life was life at my expense
    The words of my heart lined up like prisoners on a fence
    The dreams came in like needy children tugging at my sleeve
    I said I have no way of feeding you, so leave
    But there was a time I asked my father for a dollar
    And he gave it a ten dollar raise
    And when I needed my mother and I called her
    She stayed with me for days
    Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
    Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
    Someones got his finger on the button in some room
    No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
    But I tried to make this place my place
    I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
    Yeah but Ill tell you
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    (by grace, my sight grows stronger)
    And I do not feel the romance I will not be
    (and I will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer)

    Maybe there's no haven in this world for tender age
    My heart beat like the wings of wild birds in a cage
    My greatest hope my greatest cause to grieve
    And my heart flew from its cage and it bled upon my sleeve
    Oh the cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing
    I couldn't hear them for the thunder
    I was half the naked distance between hell and heavens ceiling
    And he almost pulled me under
    Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
    Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
    Someones got his finger on the button in some room
    No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
    But I tried to make this place my place
    I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
    But Ill tell you
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    (by grace, my sight grows stronger)
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    (grows stronger)
    By grace
    (my place is of the sun)
    My sight
    (and this place is of the dark)
    Is growing stronger
    (I do not feel the romance)
    I will not be a pawn
    (I will not be)
    For the prince of darkness any longer

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    Kid Fears

    Lyrics

    Pain from pearls, hey little girl,
    How much have you grown?
    Pain from pearls, hey little girl,
    Flower for the ones you've known.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Secret staircase, running high,
    You had a hiding place.
    Secret staircase, running low,
    But they all know, now you're inside.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Skipping stones, we know the price now
    Any sin will do
    How much further, if you can spin.
    How much further, if you are smooth.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Replace the rent with the stars above
    Replace the need with love.

    Replace the anger with the tide.
    Replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

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    Left Me A Fool

    Lyrics

    Everybody loves you and they want to know your story
    You go riding out a mystery concealed in all your glory
    But when it comes to flesh and bones you remind me of Shalot
    Only made of shadows even though you're not

    I remember how I spent all my energy and time
    With affected conversation trying to pry inside your mind
    You are as brilliant as truth and empty as a shell
    And I came to you one night and it made me feel like hell

    Oh, to reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

    Everybody loves a hero an image to create
    Antithesis of everything inside theirselves they hate
    But you'd better close your eyes when it's time for them to die
    Cause you'd hate to think the life we built upon them was a lie

    Oh, to reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

    I resign myself to silence I will never blow your cover
    No one ever has to know who the hero took for lover
    But it comes to mind as you blaze on as brilliant as a star
    How many you've left behind, how many casualties there are

    To reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

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    All Along The Watchtower

    Lyrics

    "There must be some kinda way out of here"
    Oh, said the joker to the thief
    I want to tell you now there's just too much confusion
    And I can't, no, I can't get no relief

    Ah, these businessmen, they all, they drink our wine
    And the plowman, well, he dig my earth
    And you know that ah none of them along the line
    Can show me what any of this is worth
    You know we wanted to see it now, didn't we? Didn't we?

    "There ain't no reason to get excited"
    Ah, the thief, you know he kindly spoke
    Well, now there are those among us right here, right now
    Who still see life as some kind of a joke

    But you and I, we have been through that
    I tell you that this, this is not our fate, no no no
    Now, let us all not talk falsely now
    You know the hour, well, it's getting late

    I said all along the watchtower, the princes, they kept the view
    While the women, the women, they came and then they went
    Oh, and the barefoot servants too, that's me, that's you
    But outside there's a cold distance
    Listen for the wildcats, here them growl
    Two riders were approaching as the wind began to howl

    Oh, there are those among us right here, right now
    Who still see life as some kind of a joke
    All along the watchtower, said, all along this watchtower
    Those of you who still have eyes to see, ears hear me

    You will be saved by grace in the end
    Saved by time if you don't understand
    That your hatred is rooted in your fear
    And your paranoia and insecurities
    Well, they don't belong here

    You got to take someones hand
    You got to learn to make your stand
    And it's a one, two, three, four
    Look at the sky, you can open the door
    And take my hand, take my hand, take my hand

    Ah, don't you want to touch
    Don't you want to feel
    Don't you know that this is real
    I said shelter me, shelter me
    Shelter me, shelter me

    And save yourself, save yourself
    Save, save, save
    Save, save, save
    Save, save, save
    Save, save

    And you, and you
    And you are a part of the world
    You, you, you are a part of the world
    You gotta learn to touch, to feel
    You know that you are real
    I said, learn learn
    You are a part of the world

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    Studio Version

    123

    Lyrics

    From the bowery to the brimstone, I tried to find your heart.
    With drugs of initiation, bottom of the barrel that drops.
    I understand your causes, sympathize the motivation.
    But all the details of this war are just self-infatuation.

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home.
    Manic blood runs thick my friend, are you looking for a clean escape?
    What's left when the locks have all been broken, young children of authority?
    How long can you be agile, dancing between the alter and the mercy seat?
    Here's a chance to make a choice, are you aware of the fire beneath your feet?

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home.
    The basement lies within us, the fear comes through the door
    There's nothing left between us, the fear becomes a roar.
    Once that wheel is in motion, don't you lose what you have found.
    I'm talking about that burning wheel of tongues, everything that makes it go
    around.
    We're all born in the devil's scorn, they want to see you die.
    Are you true? Everything they say is a lie.

    1 2 3
    Nothings for free
    4 5 6
    Pick up the sticks and go home

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