Discography

Discography

Nomads Indians Saints

  • Release date: 1990-Sep-21
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Nomads Indians Saints is the third studio album by Indigo Girls. Originally released in 1990, it was reissued and remastered in 2000 with three bonus tracks.

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    Hammer And A Nail

    Lyrics

    Clearing webs from the hovel
    A blistered hand on the handle of a shovel
    I've been digging too deep, I always do.
    I see my fate on the surface
    I look a lot like Narcissus
    A dark abyss of an emptiness
    Standing on the edge of a drowning blue.

    I look behind my ears for the green
    Even my sweat smells clean
    Glare off the white hurts my eyes.
    Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
    Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
    I think myself into jail
    Now I know a refuge never grows
    From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
    Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

    I had a lot of good intentions
    Sit around for fifty years and then collect a pension,
    Started seeing the road to hell and just where it starts
    But my life is more than a vision
    The sweetest part is acting after making a decision
    I started seeing the whole as a sum of its parts

    My life is part of the global life
    I'd found myself becoming more immobile
    When I'd think a little girl in the world can't do anything.
    A distant nation my community
    A street person my responsibility
    If I have a care in the world I have a gift to bring.
    Close

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    Welcome Me

    Lyrics

    Welcome me to the city of angels,
    Devil prophets still hold my hand.
    I walked your stillborn streets for hours,
    Ethnic echoes spitting out their trials.
    I'll be the first to praise the sun,
    The first to praise the moon.
    The first to hold the lone coyote,
    The last to set it free.

    Welcome me to a haven given,
    It's well received into my open arms.
    I ran in my sleep through shaking tremors,
    I had the splitting earth echoing in my ears.
    I'll be the first to praise the sun,
    The first to praise the moon.
    The first to hold the lone coyote,
    The last to set it free.

    Welcome me to the city of angels,
    There's a devil monkey laying on our backs.
    Where's the heart, where's the bullet for breaking.
    Somebody give me a weapon,
    A pacifying weapon.
    I'll be the first to praise the sun,
    The first to praise the moon.
    The first to hold the lone coyote,
    The last to set it free.

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    World Falls

    Lyrics

    I'm coming home with a stone, strapped onto my back
    I'm coming home with a burning hope turning all my blues to black.
    I'm looking for a sacred hand to carve into this stone.
    A ghost of comfort, Angel's Breath - to keep this life inside my chest.
    This world falls on me with hopes of immortality
    Everywhere I turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me.

    I woke up in the middle o f a dream, scared the world was too much for me.
    Sejarez said, "Don't leg go, just plant the seeds and watch them grow."
    I've slept in rainy canyon lands, cold drenched to my skin.
    I always wake to fin a face to calm these troubled lands.
    This world falls on me with hopes of immortality
    Everywhere I turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me.

    Running, end, earth, swimming, edge, sea, laughing, under, starry sky
    This world was meant for me.
    Don't bury me, carry me.
    I wish I was a nomad, an Indian, or a saint.
    The edge of death would disappear, leave me nothing to taint.
    I wish I was a nomad, an Indian, or a saint.
    Give me walking shoes, feathered arms, and a key to heaven's gate.
    This world falls on me with hopes of immortality
    Everywhere I turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me.

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    Southland In The Springtime

    Lyrics

    Maybe we'll make Texas by the morning
    Light the bayou with our taillights in the night
    Eight hundread miles to El Paso from the state line
    And we never have the money for the flight

    I'm in the back seat sleepy from the travel
    Played our hearts out all night long in New Orleans
    I'm dirty from the diesel fumes, drinking coffee black
    When the first breath of Texas comes in clean

    And there's something bout the Southland in the springtime
    Where the waters flow with confidence and reason
    Though I miss her when I'm gone it won't ever be too long
    'Til I'm home again to spend my favorite season

    When God made me born a Yankee He was teasin'
    There's no place like home and none more pleasin'
    Than the Southland in the springtime

    In Georgia nights are softer than a whisper
    Beneath a quilt somebody's mother made by hand
    With the farmland like a tapestry passed down through generations
    And the peach trees stitched across the land

    There'll be cider up near Helen off the roadside
    And boiled peanuts in a bag to warm your fingers
    And the smoke from the chimney meets its maker in the sky
    With a song that winter wrote whose melody lingers.

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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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    Keeper Of My Heart

    Lyrics

    For you
    I would tattoo me
    With lines crossing into a hand
    And a heart that would never bleed
    With the twilight
    And the horse drawn on my arm
    Standing for an addiction
    Pray we go unharmed

    Here is my love and anger
    You see now
    These are my gods
    These are my scars
    Here is my love and anger
    Well these arms are burning
    But they're open wide

    Some things
    I hold too tightly
    Some things
    I'll never
    I'll never touch
    Oh but I'm wearing down the stones
    In the river
    And you see all my life
    I've painted with anger's brush

    Now, now could you
    Lift me through my love and anger
    You see now
    These are your gods
    These are my scars
    Lift me through my love and anger
    Ah and my arms are burning
    But they're open wide

    Oh
    You precious kid
    I have a motion
    And it's just for you
    I see a warrior
    Barefoot and dancing
    Oh with tears of pain and beauty
    And all of this is true

    For you
    Lift me through my love and anger
    You see now these are my gods
    These are your scars
    Lift me through my love and anger
    Oh and my arms are burning
    And they're open wide

    Pointing out the graveyards
    I will be the reaper
    If you will be
    The keeper of my heart

    I will be the reaper
    If you will be
    The keeper of my heart
    You are the keeper of this heart
    Of my heart

  7. Watershed

    Lyrics

    Thought I knew my mind
    Like the back of my hand
    The gold and the rainbow
    But nothing panned out as I planned
    And they say only milk and honey's
    Gonna make your soul satisfied
    Well I better learn how to swim
    Cause the crossing is chilly and wide

    Twisted guardrails on the highway
    Broken glass on the cement
    A ghost of someone's tragedy
    How recklessly my time has been spent
    They say that it's never too late
    But you don't, you don't get any younger
    Well I better learn how to starve the emptiness
    And feed the hunger

    Up on the watershed
    Standing at the fork in the road
    You can stand there and agonize
    Till your agony's your heaviest load
    You'll never fly as the crow flies
    Get used to a country mile
    When you're learning to face
    The path at your pace
    Every choice is worth your while

    And there's always retrospect
    (when you're looking back)
    To light a clearer path
    Every five years or so I look back on my life
    And I have a good laugh
    You start at the top
    Go full circle round
    Catch a breeze
    Take a spill
    But ending up where I started again
    Makes me want to stand still

    Up on the watershed
    Standing at the fork in the road
    You can stand there and agonize
    Till your agony's your heaviest load
    You'll never fly as the crow flies
    Get used to a country mile
    When you're learning to face
    The path at your pace
    Every choice is worth your while

    Stepping on a crack
    Breaking up and looking back
    Til every tree limb overhead just seems to sit and wait
    Til every step you take becomes a twist of fate

    Up on the watershed
    Standing at the fork in the road
    You can stand there and agonize
    Till your agony's your heaviest load
    You'll never fly as the crow flies
    Get used to a country mile
    When you're learning to face
    The path at your pace
    Every choice is worth your while

    Up on the watershed
    Standing at the fork in the road
    You can stand there and agonize
    Till your agony's your heaviest load
    You'll never fly as the crow flies
    Get used to a country mile
    When you're learning to face
    The path at your pace
    Every choice is worth your while

    And when you're learning to face
    The path at your pace
    Every choice is worth your while

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    Hand Me Downs

    Lyrics

    I've taken so many down
    I've helped them all to dismount
    I've followed so many down
    I take their hand me downs
    All with hope
    All with hope
    That emptiness brings fullness
    And loss of love brings wholeness
    All with hope
    All with hope
    That emptiness brings fullness
    And loss of love brings wholeness
    To us all

    Everything that I believe
    Crawls from underneath the streets
    Everything I truly love
    Comes from somewhere far above
    Everything that I believe
    Is wrong with you is wrong with me
    Everything I truly love
    I love in you and I love in me
    So give me hope
    Give me hope
    That emptiness brings fullness
    And loss of love brings wholeness
    To us all

    You swear you can't swim the river
    (I've become the beggar now)
    (you've become the saint somehow)
    But I saw you running to jump in
    (I've become the beggar now)
    (you've become the saint somehow)
    I swore I'd never be your sinner
    (I've become the beggar now)
    (you've become the saint somehow)
    Til I held your sin
    Hand me downs

    Now you ask me why I'm here
    The same as you
    I'm scared, it's fear
    I've become the beggar now
    And you've become the saint somehow
    Twist the words and place the blame
    And tell me now aren't we the same
    Tripping in our yellow feet
    Checking underneath our sheets
    For some hope
    Give me hope
    That emptiness brings fullness
    And loss of love brings wholeness
    Give me hope
    Give me hope
    That emptiness brings fullness
    And loss of love brings wholeness
    To us all

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    You And Me And 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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    Pushing The Needle Too Far

    Lyrics

    Well I woke up this morning
    Grey dawn
    With a prayer on my breath
    See I lost something precious
    And God'll save me
    From losing myself
    I said I think I know what's wrong
    I think I know what's wrong

    Now I met the queen and I understand why
    Why she closed the door
    I'm not making excuses
    But you know I've been there a few times
    You know I was
    I was knocking on the door
    I said I think I know what's wrong
    I think I know what's wrong
    Wrong wrong

    There's a man
    He lived in a house
    Had a family of five
    Well he blew up the windows and the doors
    He said "I just couldn't
    I just couldn't survive"
    We've all been removed
    In one way or another
    We don't know our families
    We don't need our brothers
    We're pushing the needle too far
    Pushing the needle too far

    Well if you wake up in the morning
    Grey dawn
    There's a prayer on your breath
    See maybe you lost something precious
    God'll save you
    From losing yourself
    I said I think I know what's wrong
    Let me hear you
    I think I know what's wrong

    There's queen who closed the door
    The family that lies
    People who turn
    The cat that has died
    A boy that odds
    A girl with a gun
    The world on its knees
    And a band on the run
    You know you'd help me more
    (The queen who closed the door)
    By not giving in
    (The family that lies)
    You know you'd help me more
    (People who turn)
    By not giving in
    (And the cat that has died)
    You know you'd help me more
    (A boy that odds)
    By not giving in
    (And a girl with a gun)
    I said you'd help me more
    (The world on it's knees)
    Now don't you give in
    (And a band on the run)
    Ah now you'd help me more
    By not giving
    I said don't you dare
    (Not giving in no)
    Don't you dare
    (Not giving in no)
    Don't you dare
    You'd help me more
    By not giving in
    I said you'd help me more
    By not giving in
    I said I
    I think I know what's wrong
    I think I know what's wrong
    We're pushing the needle too far

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    The Girl With The Weight Of The World In Her Hands

    Lyrics

    She won't recover from her losses,
    She's not chosen this path, but she watches who it crosses
    Maybe move to the right, maybe move to the left
    So we can all see her pain she wears like a banner on her chest
    And we all say it's sad, and we think it's a shame
    And she's called to our attention, but we do not call her name,
    The girl with the weight of the world in her hands.

    We're busy with our happiness, busy with our plans
    I wonder if alone she wants it taken from her hands
    But if things didn't get any harder
    She might miss her sacred chance to go a consecrated martyr,
    The girl with the weight of the world in her hands.

    I wonder which saint that lives inside a bead
    will grant her consolation when she counts upon her need
    It makes us all angry though we feign to care
    But who will be the scale to weigh the cross she has to bear,
    The girl with the weight of the world in her hands.

    "Is the glass half-full or empty?" I ask her as I fill it
    She said it doesn't really matter, pretty soon you're bound to spill it.
    With the half logic language of the sermon she delivers
    And the way she smiles so knowingly at me gives me the shivers
    I pull the blanket higher when I'm finally safe at home
    And she'll take a hundred with her, but she always sleeps alone,
    The girl with the weight of the world in her hands.
    Close

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    Shawn Colvin Interviews The Indigo Girls

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    Live

    You And Me And 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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