Discography

Discography

Despite Our Differences

  • Release date: 2006-Sep-19
  • Label: Hollywood Records, Inc.

Despite Our Differences is the tenth studio album by Indigo Girls, released on September 19, 2006 by Hollywood Records. The title is drawn from third track, “I Believe in Love” (I still believe despite our differences that what we have’s enough/And I believe in you and I believe in love).

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    Pendulum Swinger

    Lyrics

    I meet you for coffee
    We get together periodically
    And I got a bad case, I can't shake off me
    The fevered wondering
    Now I'm wondering how it ought to be

    You work in the system
    You see possibilities and you're glistening
    Eyes show the hell, you're gonna give 'em
    When they back off the mic for once
    And give it to a woman

    I dream like a mad one
    Brutal fantasies I catch as catch can
    I'm a psychic and a laywoman
    I see love and I like to make it happen

    What we get from your war walk
    The ticker of the nation breaking down like a bad clock
    I want the pendulum to swing again
    So that all your mighty mandate
    Was just spitting in the wind

    It doesn't come by the bullwhip
    It's not persuaded with your hands on your hips in it
    It's not the company of gunslingers
    The epicenter love is the pendulum swinger
    She is, she is

    It's fine about the old scroll Sanskrit
    Gnostic gospels the Da Vinci Code, a smash hit
    Aren't we dying just to read it and relate?
    It's too hard just to go by a blind faith

    But they left out the sisters
    I've been praying to a father God
    So long I really missed her

    The goddess of benevolence
    And you should listen to your mama
    If you have a lick of sense left

    It doesn't come by the bullwhip
    It's not persuaded with your hands on your hips in it
    It's not the company of gunslingers
    The epicenter love is the pendulum swinger
    She is, she is, she is, she is

    Pushed under by the main press
    Buried under a code of dress
    Relegated by the Vatican
    But you can't keep a spirit down
    That wants to get up again

    If we're a drop in the bucket
    With just enough science to keep from saying fuck it
    Until the last drop of sun burns its sweet light
    Plenty revolutions left until we get this thing right

    Doesn't come by the bullwhip
    It's not persuaded with your hands on your hips in it
    It's not the company of gunslingers
    The epicenter love is the pendulum swinger
    She is, she is, she is, she is

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    Little Perennials

    Lyrics

    Back in the long stretch of loneliness
    I have come to call a living
    I'm getting something for all this love's labor
    Even when I am forgetting

    Whee and ohh, whee, ohh, ohh, whee little perennials
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)
    Where'd you come from?

    Daughter of my father's second cousin
    Loyalties, I got 'em by the dozen
    We shared a past, we share a blood relation
    And that's as good as an invitation

    Whee and ohh, whee, ohh, ohh, whee, little perennials
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)
    Where'd you come from?
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)

    And ohh, whee, ohh, ohh, little perennials
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)
    Where'd you come from?
    (Whee)

    I'm in the North Carolina mountains
    Just to the west of where I met my calling
    If you look south, foothills of these mountains rising

    That's the place where it feels good falling
    That's the place where it feels good falling
    That's the place that I know
    (Feels good falling)

    I look for words to fill the empty spaces
    All the life revealed in these back stages
    I reach for names like little puzzle pieces
    Ohh, perennial, come to me

    Whee and ohh, whee, ohh, ohh, whee, little perennials
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)
    Where'd you come from?
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)

    And ohh, whee, ohh, ohh, little perennials
    (Whee, whee, whee, whee)
    Where'd you come from?

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    I Believe in Love

    Lyrics

    When we tried to rework all of this
    Each to her rendition
    We painted ourselves in a corner
    Lost for ideas, blindly fishing

    For a compliment or kindness
    Just to bring us into view
    But you could not interpret me
    And I could not interpret you

    I remember that cold morning
    When the trees were black with birds
    I tried to make out some connection
    We were at a loss for words

    After all that we've been through
    I could not see giving up
    Despite the picture of our coffee
    Growing colder in the cups

    I want to say that underneath it all
    You are my friend
    And the way that I fell for you
    I'll never fall that way again

    I still believe despite our differences
    That what we have's enough
    And I believe in you
    And I believe in love

    So we went rolling on down through the years
    Taking time off we could steal
    Until the thief of things unreconciled
    Stuck a stick into the wheel

    And now we're tumbling in a free fall
    No one's gonna go unscathed
    But it's not because you held back
    And its not how I behaved

    I want to say that underneath it all
    You are my friend
    And the way that I fell for ya
    I'll never fall that way again
    (I will never fall that way again)

    I still believe despite our differences
    That what we have's enough
    I believe in you
    And I believe in love

    There are avenues and supplements and books stacked on the shelf
    Labyrinths of recovery in search of our best self
    But most of what will happen now is way out of our hands
    So just let it go, see where it lands

    I want to say that underneath it all
    You are my friend
    And the way that I fell for you
    I'll never fall that way again
    (I will never fall that way again)

    I still believe despite our differences
    That what we have's enough
    And I believe in you
    And I believe in love

    I believe in you
    And I believe in love

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    Three County Highway

    Lyrics

    I drive a three county highway
    And every one of them town's got a firework show
    It's 4th of July and I'm just now getting home
    On the horizon, I can see 'em all unfold

    It's been a warm winter and a cold spring
    Everywhere I've been's felt wrong to me
    Everything I kept, what I never should have thrown away
    I wanted you for all those yesterdays

    I was wishing for you one Sunday morning
    Walking down the road of some debtors' town
    And every church a hymn came blending in
    Every one of them wanting to be found

    Did you say it took a long time to find
    A lot less man, less harm done?
    Did you say it took a long time to find
    A handsome one to keep you young?

    One day I'm gonna make it up to you
    One day we're gonna laugh instead of cry
    One day I'm coming home to stay, it's true
    And baby, that's the last ticket I'm ever gonna buy

    It's been a warm winter and a cold spring
    And everywhere I've been's felt wrong to me
    So put your head on my heart, lay down in the crook of my arm
    Everything's okay, I've been found again, I've been found again

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    Run

    Lyrics

    You don't want me calling you up
    All melancholy sick from love
    You prefer it uncomplicated
    Things are tricky now, I bet you hate it
    Your mind's eye finds the exit sign
    And you're off in perfect fashion

    And you run, that's all you've ever done
    It's all you know to do
    I can't hold that against you
    And you'll flee 'cause you're born to be free
    And if you go I'll understand
    But you better get out while you can

    The party's over, we had our fun
    Flirting with madness a loaded gun
    As much as nothing, everything's changed
    I'm soaking in it, it falls like rain
    You seek the sun to dry off what's been done
    You'll heat up every corner of the world

    As you run, that's all you've ever done
    It's all you know to do
    I can't hold that against you
    And you'll flee, 'cause you're born to be free
    And if you go I'll understand
    But you better get out while you can

    Can you keep this pace forever
    I have never seen it done
    You deep burn all you leave behind you
    You're the surface of my sun

    I measure to what degree
    I can shape up what's been forged in me
    The copper penny hissing in the pool
    So much for wishes, so much for cooling
    Down this fire impossible desire
    The further you get the more I'm drawn

    And you run, that's all you've ever done
    That's all you know to do
    I can't hold that against you
    And you'll flee 'cause you're born to be free
    And if you go I'll understand

    Yeah, you run, that's all you've ever done
    It's all you know to do
    I can't hold that against you
    And you'll flee 'cause you're born to be free
    And if you go I'll understand
    But you better get out while you can

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    Rock And Roll Heaven's Gate

    Lyrics

    Didn't happen for you
    No one wants to hear the truth
    Coming from three political queers
    Plucking the punk rock bloom

    So you break up the band
    And leave us all in tow
    Yeah, now we gotta figure out where to go

    I caught it at a rave
    (Did it give you vaccination?)
    I saw it on my TV
    (Did it lighten up your load?)
    And every fuckin' DJ
    (Did you feel affilliated?)
    Is telling me I'm free
    (Like you really had a home)

    Free to be a loser
    (Were the ticket prices too high?)
    Free to be a trend
    (Were the lights too bright?)
    Free to be a backlash over and over and over again
    (Was it all a bunch of hype?)

    You say, I'm losing inspiration one band at a time
    Because I gotta know there's someone
    Somewhere out there singing for our side

    I come up, we share the mortar and the glue
    What we build together, we share that too
    And the wind may come and the rain may fall
    But we stand together or we don't stand at all and I say

    Where are you going to now?
    Now that the going's gone
    Where are you going to now?

    Here's to, here's to your survival
    And swimming up the stream
    Crossing over one dam after another
    Until we get to rock and roll Heaven's gate

    I caught it at a rave
    (Did it give you vaccination?)
    I saw it on the TV
    (Did it lighten up your load?)
    And every fucking DJ
    (Did you feel affiliated?)
    Is telling me I'm free
    (Like you really had a home)

    Free to be a loser
    (Were the ticket prices too high?)
    Free to be a trend
    (Were the lights too bright?)
    Free to be a backlash over and over
    Until I get to rock and roll Heaven's gate

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    Lay My Head Down

    Lyrics

    Ohh, the party's kicked up a few notches
    Look at us getting loose
    She leans back against the wall and she watches
    Tugging her collar like it might be a noose

    And everyones tied to their thing
    To their past or their drink
    Or the date that they bring
    I just get tired all of sudden taking it in

    And I want to lay my head down on you
    Because you're the only solid thing in this room
    A room full of changes, strangers, illusion, confusion
    I speak from my heart but I'm not really sure if it's true
    I wanna lay my head down on you

    Ohh, consider waste, too much time planning
    Or you'll get the rug ripped out
    And the only way you'll be satisfied
    Is learning to live without

    But some plan for the kingdom of heaven
    And some take their chances and bet lucky seven
    I don't know what to believe
    I just show up and breathe anymore

    And I wanna lay my head down on you
    Because you're the only solid thing in this room
    A room full of dressers, professors, lookers, hookers
    If I don't get out, I'll do something I don't wanna do
    And I wanna lay my head down on you

    Was it so long ago
    That we sat and talked in your car?
    Your things were all packed
    And the place you were headed, not really that far

    Years later I think
    That I would have been much more alive
    To have taken you up on your offer
    And taken that drive

    Ohh, well, everything that's come before us
    Leads us to where we are now
    And thats simple, I know so why can't I let go of the feeling
    That I'm lost somehow

    I'm just a ghost looking in
    Out of my own life just visiting
    In search of a body to have
    And to hold and to keep and to sleep

    I wanna lay my head down on you
    Because you're the only solid thing in this room
    A room full of missed chance, slow dance, cold fate, heartache
    I showed up for a party and saw my life story full view
    And I wanna lay my head down on you

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    Money Made You Mean

    Lyrics

    So money made you mean
    That's not how it's supposed to be
    You're ready to challenge or defend
    Yeah, for all the wrong reasons

    How much do we really need?
    A question if you have to ask
    Just means what it means
    The question that says everything

    Right or left, it's all the same conspiracy
    Just 'cause you ask doesn't make a difference to me

    You could keep it all or give it away
    But where does it come from in the first place?
    Robbing Peter to pay me and I'll just be
    Giving it back to Peter to feel free

    And you have to fix everything that's broke
    'Cause it'll never leave you alone
    Reinvent the wheel, be the butt of a joke
    Take the long road to charity

    Yeah, right or left, it's all the same conspiracy
    Robbing Peter to pay Paul
    Or robbing Peter to pay me
    Robbing Peter to pay Paul
    Or robbing Peter to pay me

    Yeah, it's just too hard, oh well, jump in
    Forget about the sharks and swim
    'Cause now you're one

    Yeah, it's just too hard, oh well, jump in
    Forget about the sharks and swim
    'Cause now you're one
    You can't deny it anymore

    Where'd it come from?
    Giving it back
    Can't deny it anymore
    It will never leave you alone
    Take the long road to charity

    Right or left, it's all the same conspiracy
    Yeah, robbing Peter to pay Paul
    Robbing Peter to pay me
    Yeah, robbing Peter to pay Paul
    Robbing Peter to pay me

    Can't deny it anymore

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    Fly Away

    Lyrics

    Fly away little bird
    Any place in this open mouth world
    Begs to be fed like a bed that beckons you
    But you won't rest

    Everyone's got a need to go
    Most of us stick with our row to hoe
    But not you, you're the black crow
    With a straight line and no time

    For the birds of prey who wreck your nest
    Twice your size, steal your best
    They set you on this course of your collision

    I am a stop along your way
    I am the words you'll never say
    I crossed the great beyond of fear
    Opened my eyes and saw us there
    What a view, you went there too

    Fly away little bird
    Find the song in you that no one's heard
    Strengthen your wings as you sing your solo flight
    Through this short life

    Everyone's got a deep regret
    We try to ground ourselves to forget
    But your race to the end is neck and neck
    You love them, you love them not

    The birds of prey who wreck your nest
    Twice your size steal your best
    They set you on this course of your collision

    I am a stop along your way
    I am the words you'll never say
    I crossed the great beyond of fear
    Opened my eyes and saw us there
    What a view and you went there too

    But all along your chosen path are
    Window panes and sheets of glass
    That you won't see, you fly too fast
    One day it will be over

    Fly away little bird
    The saddest song I ever heard
    Was the one that I wrote you in my heart
    That never made it to the world

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    Dirt And Dead Ends

    Lyrics

    You're looking at foreclosure and doing time
    And it don't sound good this time
    They found the math and the scales
    And the wife that made your life hell

    All the time
    You were telling me you were fine
    Oh, silly man, silly man

    So I got your dog, how is that?
    I made it nice, I wrote a check
    And you cut the weeds back on my drive
    'Cause you're a good guy, deep down inside

    What makes a boy like you go bad
    What makes a man so lonely and sad
    That he'd poison all he knows
    And in one year, just let it go?

    And all that time
    You were telling me you were fine
    Oh, silly man, silly boy

    Yeah, it's been you and me on this frontier
    Trying not to be suburban pioneers
    Fighting off the pavers and the associations
    And the covenants against the trailers

    I remember how, how we used to laugh
    At all those rotten men in cameo drag
    With their advantage and their guns
    Up the deer stand shooting up a storm

    And all the time
    You were telling me all those lies
    Oh, silly man, a silly girl

    Yeah, you and me
    We used to hibernate like bears
    But we finally come up for air
    And everything's all marked and cleared
    Survey flags flying everywhere

    Once you told me what
    What I'll miss the most
    Is just being the only ones
    With our dirt and our dead ends
    And no one turn us in

    Once you told me what
    What I'll miss the most
    Is just being the only ones
    With our dirt and our dead ends

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    All The Way

    Lyrics

    I wasn't looking to shift my direction
    My eyes straight ahead, hands ten and two
    The gravity of our first connection
    Veering off the road and into you

    And all the people drive by slowly gawking at the scene
    Of the smoldering inevitable spark and gasoline

    All the way, I met you head on full speed
    At the heart the blue flame burns
    All the way, I took the crash course impact
    But have I learned all that I'm supposed to learn?

    No amount of playing safe could save me from this day
    The heed seeking path of my trajectory
    Didn't we coolly divest of predestination
    Slamming into futures we can't see?

    And I know what can happen when there's more than meets the eye
    But there's no way to avoid it, just get in the car and drive

    All the way, I met you head on full speed
    At the heart the blue flame burns
    All the way, I took the crash course impact
    But have I learned all that I'm supposed to learn?

    It makes me laugh, we're talking over tea
    (I know what I should do)
    When I can still smell the smoke on our sleeve
    (I don't wanna do it)

    Steaming like gun smoke, the wreckage of our past
    (I would make it way out)
    And the scene of a crime I still can't leave
    (But I can't get to it)

    Oh, you and me, we should let well enough be
    But each revisitation points to clues
    There's the oil slick of uncertainty
    And warning signs back there we didn't use

    At least we laugh about it now how we escaped alive
    It's remarkable the mess we make and what we can survive

    All the way, I met you head on full speed
    At the heart the blue flame burns
    All the way, I took the crash course impact
    But have I learned all that I'm supposed to learn?

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    They Won't Have Me

    Lyrics

    They won't have me but I love this place
    Rural life is broken and the farmlands gone to chaff
    My hands are idle and my mind needs rest
    Toil of the decent and the sleep of the best

    I sit in diners with all the old men in it
    They talk of work 'cause it's all they ever did
    They gave their hearts to Jesus and got serious
    And they gave up their drinking and they worked for this

    Nothing, nothing
    And it's all this love to offer
    And all this love to waste
    And all this love to offer
    And all this love to waste

    Lame dog on the highway where the old road used to be
    You know what divides us is just a difference someone made
    Some got tired of trying, some were just too scared to stay
    But we gave ourselves to nothing and we let 'em have their day

    Now who's gonna do the planting
    And who's gonna pray for rain?
    And who's gonna keep the farmland
    From the sub-division man?

    Nothing, nothing
    Nothing, nothing
    And it's all this love to offer
    And all this love to waste

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    Last Tears

    Lyrics

    These are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
    My cryin's through, I'm moving on
    I don't regret and won't forget
    A single thing that we went through
    But these are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you

    You take things so much easier than I do
    And you could live your life without me if you had to
    And you believe that in the end it all works out right
    And I might, if not for you

    And if you ask one which one lives just alone for love
    I do

    But these are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
    My cryin's through, I'm moving on
    I don't regret and won't forget
    A single thing that we went through
    But these are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you

    There was a time when all signs pointed to the warm south
    The planets all lined up and built a new house
    And everything we talked about felt like a prophecy
    And when you looked at me they all came true

    And if you asked which one wants to go the distance
    I do

    But these are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
    My cryin's through, I'm moving on
    I don't regret and won't forget
    A single thing that we went through
    But there are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you

    I'm gonna rack my mind one last time until I cannot think
    I'm gonna dip into your memory and take a good stiff drink
    And when I'm drunk on the last drop of sadness
    About how we went wrong

    I'm gonna play this song
    Make some coffee black and strong
    Give thanks for healing time
    Finally make up my mind

    These are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you
    Baby, my cryin's through, I'm moving on
    I don't regret and won't forget
    A single thing that we went through
    But there are the last tears I'm gonna cry for you

    These are the last tears, Im gonna cry for you

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