Discography

Discography

Beauty Queen Sister

  • Release date: 2011-Oct-04
  • Label: IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group

Beauty Queen Sister is the 13th studio album by Indigo Girls, released on October 4, 2011 by IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group.

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    Share The Moon

    Lyrics

    I can go one day without calling
    Two days without bawling
    Three days without missing
    But a lifetime of no kissing you
    Is something that I just can't do.
    I wish I could be there to share the moon

    I got more back for the breaking
    More callous for making
    A lifetime for the aching
    I got no need to run this battery down.
    I'm just trying to get the stains out.
    I wish I could be there to share the moon

    Hey la la
    I'm gonna love to you till it hurts
    I don't mind if I do
    Hey la la
    I'm gonna love you till it works
    I've got no mind to lose

    There's one trash heap burning
    Fireflies are returning
    Nightfall is softly chirping
    One trailer light is staying on till dawn
    I wonder who it's waiting on

    Hey la la
    I'm gonna love to you till it hurts
    I don't mind if I do
    Hey la la
    I'm gonna love you till it works
    I've got no mind to lose

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    John

    Lyrics

    John knows to prune the crepe myrtles
    Before it is their season
    Before the weather freezes
    He blows the pipe lines clean

    He worked for the fire department
    Until his injury
    Now he puts out the fires
    For the girl from the city

    His family's from these parts
    Before the white men got there
    Grows field corn on his lot
    Keeps the road and dead trees cleared

    He leaves a pile of brushwood
    For me to burn, it burns so pretty

    John's work is never done
    Helping the girl out from the city

    His mama goes to the local Baptist church
    His daddy's buried there
    His daddy did two tours of duty
    As a gunner in the war
    And was the first
    To greet and treat me like a neighbor

    John brings the country to me
    The girl from the city

    John knows that he could make a killing
    Selling rights to fish the trout
    To rich city men who come in
    Grilling and swilling
    So he'd rather do without
    Still he opens up the gates for me
    Atlanta groceries in my SUV

    Doesn't take to waste or finery
    But takes the girl in from the city

    His mama goes to the local Baptist churc
    His daddy's buried there
    His daddy did two tours of duty
    As a gunner in the war
    And was the first
    To greet and treat me like a neighbor

    John brings the country to me
    The girl from the city

    And he kindly tolerates
    The wanderer in me
    Who wishes she were from
    Somewhere she would rather be
    Planting tender shoots
    Along a rushing stream
    Welt everybody has a dream
    The girl from the city

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    Beauty Queen Sister

    Lyrics

    Everybody loves the beauty queen sister
    But she always got the broken heart
    'Cause she work hard to keep what God gave her
    But the devil he's just pulling it apart
    Hang on tight
    Hang on tight now
    Mama's got a friend name Monkeyman
    With a two-seater bike
    And a tattoo stand
    He's gonna take me for that ride
    He knows I've been losing ground most of my life
    Hang on tight
    Hang on tight now
    Daddy prayed so hard
    That Jesus came down and took him
    Left me speaking in tongues
    And hungry for something
    So I fed the family, I changed out the sparks
    But every day I gained, another fell apart
    Hang on tight now
    Hey little sister, I dig it okay
    Looking for the fountain of love
    Where the wild heart reigns
    And the knife draws blood
    And beauty is redeemed
    But Cherry and Dallas won't ever be the same
    Pony watched Johnny die
    nothing gold can stay
    And those street kids and beauty queens
    They don't stand a chance
    So hang on tight...
    Monkeyman says draw your picture
    Give it some ink, hear the needle whisper
    For all the broken hearts and the passing fancies
    Pull the inside out, when you can
    Hang on tight
    Hang on tight now

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    We Get To Feel It All

    Lyrics

    My, my... how time flies.
    First time I met you - had to shade my eyes.
    Cuz staring into the sun can make a girl blind.
    Now here we sit in a shady spot.
    Got what I wanted, and I want what I got...
    But through the will of my own,
    I just found my way home.

    Here is what I learned about you.
    You set the sun and you hung the moon.
    Mid October or the month of June,
    Temperatures rise and fall,
    We get to feel it all.
    Sometimes I can't tell
    You're open like a book or shut like a shell.
    But if I hold you to my ear,
    I can hear the whole world.
    Dark stories of a distant past
    Our time created in a single blast...
    You like to laugh at me because I'm serious... serious
    Yes it's true...
    But, Here is what I learned about you.
    You set the sun and you hung the moon.
    Mid October or the month of June, temperatures rise and fall,
    We get to feel it all. We get to feel it all. We get to feel it all.
    We get to feel it all.

    Time waits for no one...
    So I'm remembering that day in the sun.
    How I was thinking that you needed time to cool down.
    Circumstances make us tired and colder...
    That's my coat thrown around your shoulder
    And I know you'll give it back to me if I need it...
    I believe it...

    Here is what I learned about you.
    You set the sun and you hung the moon.
    Mid October or the month of June, temperatures rise and fall...
    Here is what I learned about you.

    You set the sun and you hung the moon.

    Mid October or the month of June, temperatures rise and fall,

    We get to feel it all.

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    War Rugs

    Lyrics

    War rugs in the hallway
    Prayer rugs on the wall
    Who's walkin' tall?
    I should be kneelin'

    [Bridge]
    Soldier girl, oh, soldier boy
    Tell me what to say
    When I see you at Christmas leave
    Tattooed and hazed

    [Chorus]
    Oh, we're all growin' up together
    We're all makin' a mark on it
    We're all damnin' the consequences
    I want to understand
    The soul you have in there

    Young Egypt seized the moment
    And brought that bastard down
    You've got technology
    And you've got archeology
    We treated you like hunters
    Until you kicked the goal
    Now we're claimin' you for our team
    'Cause what do we know?

    Oh, we're all growin' up together
    We're all watchin' the video
    We're all damnin' the consequences
    I want to understand
    The soul you have in there

    [Instrumental Interlude]

    Soldier boy, oh, soldier girl
    Tell me what to say
    When I see you at Christmas leave

    Oh, we're all growin' up together
    We're all takin' it pass or fail
    We're all damnin' the consequences
    I want to understand
    The soul it takes to stand
    For something bigger than
    Myself...

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    Gone

    Lyrics

    A long drink of water and a pickup truck
    On a bone dry summer I've been out of luck
    But when you blew into town I felt the winds of change
    A little bit scary and a little bit strange
    I know from being broken harder
    With nothing to lose
    Doesn't take much around here
    To make such big news

    And I'm gone
    Mama left her warning from the old front porch
    But I'm gone
    They say you'll burn me like you're Sherman with a big bad torch
    I've seen a million suns go down on this tired town
    Now you're here and I'm gone

    So in comes the stranger to the tight lipped frowns
    The walls come up and the shades go down
    I can't help but see it like a movie scene
    Where you bust on through and you rescue me
    And the sign of a happy ending is an out of state tag
    Outside of the house where the girl inside is packing her bags

    And I'm gone...

    Does it seem like it's too much to ask
    For reckless grin and a tank full of gas

    Gone...

    And I don't know if I will ever belong
    But I'm done here doing time and I'm moving along
    And I'm gone

    Gone
    Mama left her warning from the old front porch

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    Mariner Moonlighting

    Lyrics

    Mariner Moonlighting
    Building for keeps
    The art of the theater
    And joinery??

    Something of wood and iron
    Steady and strong
    Joining of hearts is a trick far beyond me

    Cupids of heaven
    Are painted to my hand
    Cuz baby won't go (baby won't go)
    Go for that show

    I read your name in charcoal
    A century ago
    I stood in the rafters
    The world moved below

    All for the reverie
    Of rigging and rope
    Untangle the tempest of love
    Is another man's calling

    The cupids of heaven
    Are painted to my hand
    Cuz baby won't go (baby won't go)
    Go for that show

    Oh to be free
    From the swell of the moon
    To stand in one place
    While she moves to you

    The cupids of heaven
    Are painted to my hand
    Cuz baby won't go (baby won't go)
    Go for that show

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    Birthday Song

    Lyrics

    I couldn't think of a thing to write
    On your birthday card
    Considered the poets
    But they didn't know what
    Lay quite inside my heart
    I thought of Atlanta
    I thought of Toronoto
    And all of the places we've been
    I filled up my tea and looked into the trees
    And still came up empty again
    So I guess the next time you see me
    In a world of partial truths
    You will fully believe me
    I have nothing to give except but to live
    Like the person you know me to be
    I can clean up the kitchen
    And fold up your clothes
    Neatley as I am able
    Wrap a box up with ties for a surprise
    And order you flowers for the table
    I could book us a trip
    On a plane or ship
    I know how much you love the sun
    You could gamble on me
    Like the lottery
    And I'll make you feel like you've won
    And I'll bet the next time you see me
    In a world of partial truths
    You will fully believe me
    I have nothing to give except but to live
    Like the person you know me to be
    Life is short and so on
    I'd like to give you something to go on
    Grow on
    They recently paved the walk on our street
    We looked at the shiny cement
    We stopped the car ready to carve
    Our names into permanence
    For a moment we're kids
    Intent on a whim
    There is no shadowy past
    But even so the urge is to go
    And put something down
    That will last
    So here goes
    The next time I show up for you
    You will know
    And believe
    I am ready to give
    Ready to live
    Like the person you know me to be.

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    Feed And Water The Horses

    Lyrics

    Tell me dark heart of my deep sleep
    Where the past drops in like unwanted guests
    Rattling their chains of thought, shuffling their feet
    Peering into things I thought I'd laid to rest
    And for all I've left undone there's another dream to come

    Once there were wars fought over spice and salt
    And the stick of gold became the standard measure
    Nothing much has changed in this modern age
    And it won't until the pain's not worth the pleasure

    And for all we've left undone
    There's another war to come.

    I want to feed and water the horses,
    The course is long and dry
    Can't do it alone oh no we can't although we've tried and tried and tried
    We may not deserve you, we'll come to serve you by and by
    Feed and water the horses
    Where they lie.
    I miss the smell of ink on paper and it's morning pull
    All the news comes via link now all so virtual
    I don't know what to think
    I don't know what to feel
    The beginning of the end or reinvention of the wheel

    And for all we've left undone
    We are still evolution

    I want to feed and water the horses,
    The course is long and dry
    Can't do it alone oh no we can't although we've tried and tried and tried
    We may not deserve you, we'll come to serve you by and by
    Feed and water the horses
    Where they lie.

    I realize that the beast lie there in our plans
    Peacefully sleeping, but faithfully keeping
    They're ready for the burden man

    But if you knew something (peacefully sleeping)
    They'd take you to something (faithfully keeping)
    You are dying for your burden man (they're ready for the burden man)

    Wouldn't you need it? (Wouldn't you need it?)
    Wouldn't you feed it? (Wouldn't you feed it?)
    Wouldn't you praise it evermore?

    Feed and water the horses
    The course is long and dry
    Can't do it alone oh no we can't although we've tried and tried and tried
    We may not deserve you. We'll come to serve you by and by
    Feed and water the horses where they lie.

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    Making Promises

    Lyrics

    What am I gonna do with you?
    So far away, it makes me blue
    I never mind just being alone
    but I felt defeated and I let it show
    You know I could have ridden the rainbow
    And this once I needed you to let me know

    [CHORUS:]
    I couldn't keep myself from making promises
    I'm of two hearts and up all night
    I couldn't keep myself from making promises
    I'm gonna get it right this time

    Who's gonna say you paid your dues
    With the strung out soundman
    and the promoter dude?
    With a pat on the back just a little far down
    You cut your teeth on a drinking crowd
    Ah never mind you didn't make it
    What's the point if you're never gonna shake it?

    [CHORUS:]

    And when the spring is coming around
    And I'm feeling braver I'm gonna lay it down
    And when the teenage hoodlums come out
    I'm gonna give 'em a smile
    And just a little doubt
    Ah never mind you didn't make it
    What's the point if you're never gonna shake it?

    [CHORUS:]

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    Damo

    Lyrics

    Oh the boys of Dublin's Donaghmede
    Come to hear their boxer sing
    To tell the stories of their streets
    To quell their suffering
    They say let me go another round
    And never take it laying down
    'Cause in my heart I know
    I'm strong enough to grow

    Damo sing another song
    For all the sons of fisticuffs
    For the daughters of the truncheon
    Damo sing a song of love
    What do I know of Ireland
    Except what made it here
    Through the ports, into the hills
    A whistle and a jig
    They worked the fields, they worked the rails
    And sang the songs of slaves
    To keep the chains from binding on
    To keep their bodies brave

    Damo sing another song
    For all the sons of toil and tug
    For the daughters of the weary road
    Damo sing a song of love

    So gather round and bear this ground
    While your brothers sweat and swing
    Or hold each other for their life
    In their love and in their rage
    Sing of tribes and ties that bind
    And sing yourself anew
    Yeah the Dog of war, Lamb of God
    The spirit is in you

    Damo sing another song
    For all the sons of fisticuffs
    For the daughters of the truncheon
    Damo sing a song of love
    Damo sing another song

    For all the sons of toil and tug
    For the daughters of the weary road
    Damo sing a song of love

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    Able To Sing

    Lyrics

    I went to a wedding, I brought a song
    I folded it up like a list of thanks at a Praisathon
    The bride was Snow White, the groom was strong
    Trailers as endless as the day is long

    Some days are fairy tales, some days belie
    The four and twenty black birds baked in a pie
    Could open up their sweet throats to serenade a king
    That's a lot of heat to take and still be able to sing, sing, sing

    It's not been proven hard to bring unending start
    And even easier to die from a broken heart
    Oh, was a blind force trauma from the fireworks
    That someone is celebrating while another gets hurt

    Some days are fairy tales, some days belie
    The four and twenty black birds baked in a pie
    Could open up their sweet throats to serenade a king
    That's a lot of heat to take and still be able to sing

    Still I see them in the night
    With their blood red wings alike
    While the rocket's red glare
    Gives proof through the night

    If some things not right
    Some things not right

    In the book of Steven there is no prophecy
    'Cause there was no need for God in the way things came to be
    Some live by faith, some live by proof
    They don't meet up on a friendly road or live under the same roof

    Some days are fairy tales, some days belie
    Four and twenty black birds baked in a pie
    Could open up their sweet throats to serenade a king
    That's a lot of heat to take and still be able to sing, sing, sing
    Sing, sing, sing

    And the birds fall hard like black rain
    Jerking the earth with a portent stain
    Beat like drums, they beat like a wings
    Are we looking? Are we listening?

    Sing, sing, sing, sing
    Sing, sing, sing

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    Yoke

    Lyrics

    I found the binding of the yoke
    That connects us here, in this herd of hope
    Escort me to your kingdom come
    From the gallows' hold, and the things we've done
    You stole so much, so much at times
    Just being bad, like the books we read
    The helplessness that you played upon
    Was just tenderness, to disarm
    She ushered in love, but it drove you mad
    Not to have everything of your envisioning
    She wandered in on the peace you lacked
    Yeah and you're losing still, that life you could've had
    Tell that story one more time for me
    Of the baited fields just for the taking dear
    Where you heard the hunter's call
    But your discipline kept you from the fall
    But oh, to hold that tenderness in these grubby hands
    I'd shoot anything
    And you laughed at me, but you know I'm right
    So why do you claim the strength to put up a fight
    And you hold your nightmares close from view
    The horses going wild, under a breaking moon
    There's no way the bridle ever fits the bride
    Yeah, and the weight of it, that's why we're here

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    Live

    Everything In It's Own Time

    Lyrics

    Remember everything I told you, keep it in your heart like a stone
    And when the winds have blown the winds have blown things round and back again
    what was once your pain will be your home
    All around the table the white-haired men have gathered
    Spilling their sons' blood like table wine
    Remember everything in its own time
    The music whispers you in urgency hold fast to that languageless connection
    A thread of known that was unknown and unseen seen dangling from inside the fifth direction
    Boys around the table mapping out their strategies
    Kings all of mountains one day dust
    A lesson learned a loving God and things in their strategies
    Kings all of mountains one day dust
    A lesson learned a loving God and things in their own time
    In nothing more do I trust
    We own nothing, nothing is ours
    Not even love so fierce it burns like baby stars
    But this poverty is our greatest gift
    The weightlessness of us as things around begin to shift
    Remember everything I told you, keep it in your heart like a stone
    And when the winds have blown things round and back again
    What was once your pain will be your home
    Everything in its own time
    Everything in its own time

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