Discography

Discography

One Lost Day

  • Release date: 2015-Jun-02
  • Label: IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group

One Lost Day is the 14th studio album by Indigo Girls, released on June 2, 2015 by IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group.

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    Elizabeth

    Lyrics

    Three streets off the grid, we were barely kids
    But we were old enough to drink in Louisiana
    We listened to ‘The King Must Die’, ‘On the Willows’ drank the wine
    We could afford from the work study manna

    Were were young but not that young
    To be cutting our fingers and mixing our blood
    Climbing the fence of the St. Louis cemetery
    We caught on my heart’s desire
    Big as the 1788 fire
    Put on little quennie and bring me another whiskey

    Elizabeth, the last I heard, you’re in Savannah
    You got married after art school happily
    I didn’t want to look you up, I’m pretty sure it’s just enough
    That I remember you fondly

    I didn’t have a car, but I did have a guitar
    And I played to my advantage when you let me
    I only stayed 2 years, but it still appears
    After all of this time the memories still get me

    I was young but not that young
    To be tied in a knot that was coming undone
    The spooks and haunts that vexed me veiled my eyes
    It was always dark back then
    It was always 3 am
    I shake my head to think I made it out alive

    Out at night under the lights
    Some band is singing a memory
    Everybody hits record to play it back over time
    But when I look back on our dance
    I only wanna hear that music once
    And remember it forever in my mind

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    Happy In The Sorrow Key

    Lyrics

    As I lay my burden down
    In the cradle of an elegy
    In the shotgun shape of this life
    I'm happy happy in the sorrow key

    Hadrian's wall was mighty
    Not so mighty it didn't fall
    Ii roamed among its sod and stone
    To wonder how we come apart
    The earth it holds the human toll
    The heavens bow to the gravity
    The bursting heart the bleeding brain
    In grief we shift tectonically

    As I lay my burden down
    In the cradle of an elegy
    In the shotgun shape of this life
    I'm happy happy in the sorrow key

    Three days moored in Singapore
    The ancient lure of currency
    The rain came down the trade winds blew
    And held me anchored to my dues
    Slumbering I felt a tug
    I ran to little India
    To find a beggar's clarity
    And eat the spice of deities

    When I close my eyes
    Imagine us dead and gone
    The bright light of kingdom come
    But I can't see
    Take it out of my hands
    I want to know the truth
    The eye of the eagle
    To deliver me
    I'm happy in the sorrow key
    I'm happy in the sorrow

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    Southern California Is Your Girlfriend

    Lyrics

    I caught every red light on the way to catch you
    But that train’s pulled out, been long gone anyway
    There was no note in frost on the window
    Second thoughts or hidden signs
    It’s not like you stole off in the night
    From the weight of something you just couldn’t bear
    You were never trying to elude me
    You just had your plans and they didn’t include me
    Southern California is your girlfriend
    The sunny twist of Venice Chez-Jay some gay not all the way
    Here I stand Midwestern corn fed squinting down the track
    It’s time to unpack
    I know what it means now, that je ne seis quoi
    It means something taught you not to tell
    Soon enough the air of your mystery
    Is choked with the poisonous mix of your history
    Southern California is your girlfriend
    The sunny twist of Venice Chez Jay some gay not all the way
    Here I stand Midwestern corn fed staring down the track
    It is time to unpack
    The ferris wheel were the tourist go
    The late night deals behind the Loews
    The hopeful stunner who takes your order
    Your last chance mojo south of the border
    There’s a soldier on leave in a foreign land
    There’s a girl who dreams of lands across the sea
    The postcard pictures are rare and exotic
    The hum of the engines is deep and hypnotic
    Close

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    Texas Was Clean

    Lyrics

    Texas was clean, just an oilman’s dream
    A slate that I’d never written on
    Dust blowing’ round a lonely town
    Boots on the board of a barn

    As far from the south without getting out
    The corner of my heart

    All this born in the powder and the horn
    The feather on the gridded green
    The brown and the white, the rich and the poor
    Taking the hit for the team

    And the horse they rode was a merry soul
    Flickering on my bed post at night

    Hey I wanna go, I wanna go there
    And it’s just another place to go
    Just another place to go

    The horse they rode was a merry soul
    Flickering on my bed post at night

    I knew you for a moment or two
    In a life that seems to just expand
    In the Austin night under vapor lights
    You laughed at me then you took me in

    On the day of the dead in a circle we said the names
    The corner of our hearts

    Hey I wanna go, I wanna go there
    And it’s just another place to go
    Just another place to go
    As far from the south without getting out
    The corner of my heart

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    Alberta

    Lyrics

    It seems like a long time,
    But it's been no time
    In the course of a lifetime
    Since you're gone

    The crack in the window
    Is that how you got through?
    Dogs howl, is that you?
    The setting sun

    You took a wild rose, from Alberta
    Brought it East to press upon this yellow page
    One lost day

    Once by a coal mine
    A terrible landslide
    Crushed the hopes of the incline
    Engraved their bones

    As hard as I try
    I just can't let it lie
    The feeling you haven't quite made it home

    You took a wild rose, from Alberta
    Brought it East to press upon this yellow page
    One lost day

    Can't call it sorry
    Can't call it sad
    Maybe just the same as how a song can take it back
    More like that

    Heirlooms and stories
    Pieces of jewelry
    Snapshots of a revelry,
    A lullaby

    The journey out West
    Full of secrets, I guess
    Never since been addressed
    The hurricane eye

    You took a wild rose, from Alberta
    Brought it east to press upon this yellow page
    One lost day

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    Olympia Inn

    Lyrics

    Well me and Johnny on the road seeing rainbows doubled and looking for a pot o’ gold
    But for every farm in Technicolor green there’s a bruising sky,
    beneath we’re just maggots on the asphalt road
    Well every place has got its history, and you’d erase if it’d set you free
    But is it worth another landscaped wasted to just move on
    Johnny, can’t we make the best of it?

    Oh Johnny, I’ve sung with pleasure
    It’s a good life, there is no measure
    Hey Johnny, in the morning
    When you wake me, call me “darling”

    She’s gonna call me when she’s down just to knock me around, long about Michigan
    We wander parallel lives and I don’t know why,
    Sometimes it hurts just to know she breathes
    Johnny, she’s got what I need, but she’s gonna let me bleed
    And I’ll just be misty-eyed again at the Olympia-Inn, and adding to that pouring rain

    Forget it Johnny, we were rocking’ some kind of crazy scene
    I set myself back, it’s just a land grab and I got more than I need
    And after all these miles, I’m just a homesick pup
    But I crossed this ocean to give it my best shot

    Hey Johnny, I’ve sung with pleasure
    It’s a good life, there is no measure
    Hey Johnny, in the morning
    When you wake me, call me darling

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    If I Don't Leave Here Now

    Lyrics

    They say if it ever was it’s in there still
    You can dig and fill and never will be full
    Trying to get that good again

    Your last fifth of jack or cigarette
    The time you be the farm before you lost it all
    You want that feeling

    Back you go against the wind and good advice
    Killing yourself to stop from running out of life

    But if I don’t leave here now
    I will never get out of this place
    Baby believe me now
    There’s no dragon to chase
    Even looking at your face
    In front of me

    If there ever was one there could be two
    You and you and you a blue sky could be bluer
    A whiter shade of white
    But while you pour it on you pour it out
    You empty everything you might have saved instead
    For your loneliest night

    Back you go against the wind and good advice
    Killing yourself to stop from running out of life

    But if I don’t leave here now
    I will never get out of this place
    Baby believe me now
    There’s no dragon to chase
    Even looking at your face
    In front of me

    And when it hits the papers
    The tongues start wagging like it can’t be happening
    The doctors giveth and they taketh away
    And when they do you’ll find you stand up everyman
    Goes looking for his heroin
    It happens every day
    Around every bend
    Again and again

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    Spread The Pain Around

    Lyrics

    She packs her bags to leave everyday
    And you just wait for it to pass
    You hear that patience makes a better man
    So you just wait to understand

    'Cause you don't want to write that song
    Where you done her wrong
    She can't take you back
    One where she just can't forgive
    And you can't live without her

    What you gonna do when you're out of hands?
    What you gonna do when you're out of mind?
    What you gonna do when it can't go on and hide
    Spread the pain around

    Sometimes late at night out in your yard
    You count your faults
    Just like the stars
    You know it all adds up but you don't know
    What to change
    What to own

    'Cause you don't want to write that song
    Where you done her wrong
    She can't take you back
    One where she just can't forgive
    And you can't live without her

    What you gonna do when you're out of hands?
    What you gonna do when you're out of mind?
    What you gonna do when you can't go on and hide?
    Spread the pain around

    What you gonna do now that company's coming?
    What you gonna keep it humming?
    Spread the pain around
    Spread the pain around
    What you gonna do when she packs her bags to leave?
    Every day now
    You just wait
    For it to pass
    Close

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    Learned It On Me

    Lyrics

    there comes a time eventually
    when the cold black water goes under the bridge
    so I say yes we can meet up
    it's been too long and life goes on and I can do this

    you wanna thank me for everything you've learned
    for what went wrong and how I've paved the path
    for the corner than you turned
    and this is what you've learned

    what you you lack from love is not a lack in someone else
    and everyone has baggage to be carried
    you learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less
    and once you finally got it you got married

    I guess I should be happy I'm the course that set you free
    I just wish you hadn't learned it on me

    I'm better now though you almost broke me
    and at the time I couldn't see past my confusion

    when I believed that love was real and not a bag of tricks and you were always just more gifted at illusion (you wanna thank me for everything you've learned)

    and you wanna thank me for everything I've learned
    from the hard-knocks and the troubles
    and the point of no return
    all the bridges that you burn

    what you you lack in love is not a lack in someone else
    and everyone has baggage to be carried
    you learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less
    and once you finally got it you got married

    I'm glad your education made you happy by degree
    I just wish you hadn't learned it on me

    I guess I'm glad that I've seen you face to face
    It's just slightly more cathartic than a letter
    but the line is pretty fine in fact it's pretty much erased
    between humility and making you feel better

    And some is false and some is true and now I know
    it's just me and it's just you
    and it's just the way it goes
    and now that book is closed

    what you you lack in love is not a lack in someone else (what you lack in love)
    and everyone has baggage to be carried
    you learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less (one plus one is one plus one)
    best of luck to that girl you married

    smiling on her little learning tree
    I wish you hadn't learned it on me

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    The Rise Of The Black Messiah

    Lyrics

    They called you the rise of the black messiah like so many boys before you
    And they’ll be more, more to follow threatening and hard to swallow

    I’m sitting underneath that hanging tree, just me and the ghost of the KKK
    Poor man’s gallows in the middle of the woods - the saddest tree that ever stood

    My friend I heard you tell of slavery’s end but have you heard of mass incarceration
    That ol’ Jim Crow he just keeps getting born with a new hanging rope for the black man’s scourge

    Hey ol’ man river, what do you know of that plantation they all Angola?
    The devil spawned a prison there - the saddest farm that ever lived

    Your great grand-daddy, he worked that land with shackles on his feet and on his hands
    He built them levees he chopped that cane he died in the mud in his chains
    Now you stand where he once stood shackles on you all the same

    But he’s gonna rise, he’s gonna rise and all them lynches are gonna be damned
    When outta that mud walks a brand new man

    They called you the rise of the black messiah and said they’d do any damn thing the could to keep ya -

    You and your brothers from spreading the word, the gospel of freedom and the black man’s worth

    40 years in solitary, consider the man they just can’t bury
    I got this letter in my hand, saying tell this tory when you can

    He’s gonna rise, he’s gonna rise and all them lynchers are gonna be damned
    When outta that hole walks a brand new man

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    Findlay, Ohio 1968

    Lyrics

    Findlay Ohio, 1968, poking hot tar bubbles
    With a stick on the driveway
    Grammy’s a Republican, Nixon is her man
    In 2 years time, Ohio will be up in flames

    I like the smell of the trash and leaves
    Burning in the cans
    Roger is the boy next door he’s a wanderer, he starts
    With his hands…

    Cathy’s the outcast we’re nice but we steer clear
    Everyone says watch out for her mom
    The word is she’s crazy she’s always drinking beer
    Cathy’s dad never came back from Vietnam

    I like the smell of the trash and leaves burning in the cans
    Roger is the boy next door he’s a wanderer
    He starts by holding my hand

    Scared, curious, raised up nice, but furious
    What happens to a fence-scaling girl
    If you catch your pants on top, first you’re stuck and then you drop
    You’ll look back and first you feel the thrill
    And then…

    I wasn’t into poetry, but Sexton changed all that
    “The awful Rowing” past in tow and sinking slowly
    Listless and listing the things that I leave behind,
    So unkind, the pull of history

    We drove in a station wagon, wheels soft slapping
    Trenton on the turnpike
    The smell of the refineries rushes back to me
    And how I loved the lights

    Scared but curious, raised up right but furious
    What happens to a fence-scaling girl
    If you catch your pants on top, first you’re stuck and then you drop
    You’ll look back and first you’ll feel the thrill

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    Fishtails

    Lyrics

    You know all them sweaty boys hanging out at the copper mines
    You watched them growing up the bridge on the river shoals off ga 9
    They used to lay their sweet bodies out just waiting on a fishing line
    Just like your daddy did when he was a kid in the wilds of Florida
    But your daddy's gone and those boys jacked up got rough moved on

    You find your own self hiding in the stories of drunken men
    With their kids in tow from the picture show riding over mountain bends
    And you can feel their fingers crossing when the black ice of winter comes
    But they'll be fishtailing in the dark from the time that they are born

    Hey, you know your daddy's gone, those boys you loved got rough with the girls and moved on
    Still you gotta find some goodness somewhere somehow, so hug the corners take the straights
    from the cradle to the grave we all give what we got
    In the winter you'll go south and fall asleep in the late day sun
    Holding still to catch the last of the warmth before the storm clouds roll on in
    At night you watch the kids riding in their hoodies in the rain
    Heading up to St. Johns causeway bridge fishtailing all the way

    Hey, you know your daddy's gone, those boys you loved got rough with the girls and moved on
    Still you gotta find some goodness somewhere somehow, so hug the corners take the straights
    from the cradle to the grave we all give what we got

    From the craole to the grave we all give what we got
    Yeah we all give what we got

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    Come A Long Way

    Lyrics

    I’ve come a long way
    I was a show on ice
    Dazzling and brittle
    But subject to the sun

    And then one day
    I went little by little
    Back to the water
    The place where I’d come from

    And I went under
    Like stones tied in a sack
    And I got emptied
    And started my way back

    My name
    It’s got your name on it
    My shame
    It’s got your name on it
    My home
    It’s got your name on it
    Everything I own

    And all my schemes drowned at the seams
    Have left me fine in my own skin
    I’ve come a long way
    Just to begin

    I’ve come a long way
    Under the cover of darkness
    Trusting a stranger
    A boatman at the shore

    The scourge of hope
    The ugly face of danger
    The keepers of the keys
    Had me down on my knees
    In front of the gilded doors

    And in a world where every ax was poised to grind
    To find my peace I only held up what was already mine

    My name
    It’s got your name on it
    My shame
    It’s got your name on it
    My home
    It’s got your name on it
    Everything I own

    And all my swords have turned to words that blow like poems in the wind
    I’ve come a long way

    I used to be twisted
    When you called it an opiate
    A simple way to cope
    And yet I think you shouldn’t skip if you haven’t worn the shoes

    They start out tight
    And then they hurt your tired feet at night
    But then they give a little day by day
    And then before you know it
    You look back and you’ve come a long way

    It’s got your name on it
    My shame
    It’s got your name on it
    My home
    It’s got your name on it
    Everything I own

    You call my name
    My name
    You call my name
    My shame
    You call my name
    My home
    Everything I own
    You call my name

    If it’s got my name, it’s got your name on it
    Everything I own has got your name on it
    When I was trying to cross the river
    You were at the river getting me across and now
    Everything, everything I own
    Has got your name on it
    Oh everything
    I’ve got your name on it

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