Discography

Discography

Poseidon And The Bitter Bug

  • Release date: 2009-Mar-24
  • Label: IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug is the 11th studio album by Indigo Girls, released on March 24, 2009 by IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group. The title is drawn from lines in tracks “Fleet of Hope” and “Second Time Around” – “You’re all washed up when Poseidon has his day” and “I’ve been bitten by the bitter bug.”

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    Digging For Your Dreams

    Lyrics

    Trying to remember the very last time
    I felt a simple thing going past
    Was it the day in old Georgia
    When you were trying to take a bath?
    She sees the Day Lily's Boston sign
    And the tears spring to her eyes
    You turn the car around and your headed back down that track

    She's had a heart attack
    But the bottle of Jack sits on the counter like the devil she knows
    And he beats her up and she fills her cup
    With the ambers of a dying fire glow
    See how she looked in her school year book
    Her friends signed the margins all around
    But would you stay in touch you know I miss you so much
    I hope we get out of this town

    Every day that you get up and force your cards
    Playing your story in fits and starts
    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down to the stream
    And you bloody your hands digging for your dream

    I went looking for the answers from someone I heard believes that life gets easier
    And you learn how to breathe and you learn how to grieve your past
    You study the masters and their books
    Giving in to the barbs and hooks
    Till you except it with grace when your true love doesn't last

    Every day that you get up and force your cards
    Playing your story in fits and starts
    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down to the stream
    And you bloody your hands digging for your dream

    Every day that you get up and force your cards
    You're playing your story in fits and starts
    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down to the stream
    And you bloody your hands digging for your dream

    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down
    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down
    Take your prospects and your pickaxe and you trudge down
    Close

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    Sugar Tongue

    Lyrics

    All the fur and fin will lose again
    Cause our better is their worst reckonin'
    And our fine-feathered friends will sing until they bleed
    And how will we replace that symphony?

    I've got the blackest boots, the whitest skin
    Satisfy my sugar tongue again
    Bring me love that buys us shoe-shine days
    Guilded verses for your ethylene
    And sing it to me free and clean

    All the kids come home with foreign limbs
    From hunting trips abroad they lose again
    And we'll teach them how to talk
    And whistle while they walk
    And do the dirty work of battle hymns

    I've got the blackest boots, the whitest skin
    Satisfy my sugar tongue again
    Sing me love that buys us shoe-shine days
    Guilded verses for your ethylene
    And sing it to me free and clean

    Drinking tea with milk and Janjaweed
    Pontificate on genocide or greed
    With a spoonful of descent
    For the orchestra of need
    Is just enough to please this colony

    I've got the blackest boots, the whitest skin
    Satisfy my sugar tongue again
    Bring me lullabies and morphine-dreams
    Belladonna with her atropine
    And sing it to me free and clean

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    Love Of Our Lives

    Lyrics

    I opened my hands up to see what I've got.
    My days slip like coins into a slot.
    They are gone, the shadows lie long.

    I've been banking on a broken machine.
    Left unattended, like most of my dreams.
    Rusted components of an unmarked song

    We've been staring down a brilliant dream
    The sun burns our eyes.
    We've been fighting for the love of our lives

    All around us things come apart.
    Broken pieces. broken hearts,
    Fix me, oil me, match me with the next best thing.

    Person to person, nation to nation
    Heels dug in no communication.
    While the time speaks of weathering

    We've been wanting to be helped by binding ties
    We've been fighting for the love of our lives

    And when it breaks down, I beg you don't go.
    A sinking ship, I'm ready to blow.
    I try to out think you with an army of words,
    I strategize.
    I am fighting for the love of my life

    Fire and water, oxygen
    Scotch and soda, or any combination
    Starts the reaction.

    Is there no mastermind of modern day
    Who can blueprint a plan to make love stay
    Steady and weatherproof usher in a new revolution?

    After trying more, the hopeful ones still try.
    How can we help it
    When we're fighting for the love of our live?

    (Trying more) The hopeful ones still try.
    How can we help it
    When we're fighting for the love of our lives?

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    Driver Education

    Lyrics

    I fell for guys who tried to commit suicide,
    With soft rock hair and blood shot eyes.
    He tastes like Marlboro cigarettes, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups,
    A Pepsi in his hand, getting off the school bus.

    Films and drills and safety illustrations
    The crushed cars of driver education

    Now its tattooed girls with a past they can't remember,
    Who pledged allegiance to a life of bending the curriculum.
    She tastes like spring, there she goes again,
    Drinking with the older guys, tripping by the lakeside.

    Films and drills and safety illustrations
    The crushed cars of driver education

    When you were sweet sixteen, I was already mean and
    Feeling bad for giving it up to the man just to make the scene.
    Where were you, back when I had something to prove,
    With the switchblade set and the church kids learning my moves?

    I ran for miles through the suburbs of the seventies,
    Pollen dust and Pixie sticks, kissing in the deep end
    Of swimming pools before I knew what's in there.
    We come into this life waterlogged and tender.

    Films and drills and safety illustrations

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    I'll Change

    Lyrics

    Looking out across suburban yards
    To the construct of our days through the thinning of the trees.
    Why can I only build a house of cards?
    That gets blown to pieces with the fall's first fickle breeze.
    When I feel that stirring, the illicit kiss.
    That's just the cool tongue of the devil with a sucker in his midst.

    [Chorus:]
    One day I'll change you'll be the first one that I call.
    I owe you an apology too many thanks and that's not all.
    I've been running long before I learned to crawl.
    My calendar lies crumbled laid to waste.
    It's been scrawled on, thumbed through and changed.
    Will this be the measure of my days?
    Dinners and appointments and deadlines I can't make.
    And when I start to see I start to see it making sense for me.
    That's just hope springing eternally.

    [Chorus]

    Outside the summer's gone for good.
    Dying impatiens stacked up wood.
    My friend will get together to cook.
    To talk about what happened to take a second look.
    The master loves the servant who blind heeds him.
    The husband the obedient wife.
    The snake will always bite the hand that feeds him.
    Even if you love him even if you save his life.

    [Chorus]

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    Second Time Around

    Lyrics

    The second time around, you know it really got me down.
    Sister don't you judge it, just keep it to yourself now.
    And if you ain't got nothing good to say,
    Don't say nothing at all.

    I go bitten by the bitter bug,
    And now I just can't get enough pf ill will and my own conceit.
    I'm weary of the world it seems.
    I'm weary of the world, weary of the world it seems.

    It's sort of always gone my way.
    I'm just a little bit off these days.
    Like I've had hard knocks all my life, like I'm a Bible belt wife.
    Like I didn't see it coming, like I didn't walk it
    Willingly.

    See, I never want to sing again.
    La la la like a butterfly.
    Without my wits about me, without my heart in line.
    Third time's a charm and this mine.

    You said you heard Loretta sing
    And felt the loneliness seeping in.
    The cowboys made you uneasy, you're a God-fearing lesbian.
    So you learn not to yearn
    And you take it on the chin again.

    Here's what I find about compromise-
    Don't do it if it hurts inside,
    cause either way you're screwed, eventually you'll find.
    You may as well feel good; you may as well have some pride.

    Come August we'll go to Cherokee
    And hear Loretta do her thing.
    Pack it into the Indian casino and make the hillbilly scene,
    Kick up our heels and join in.

    Are you my ally or my enemy?
    Do you have self-loathing or empathy?
    Can you keep me in your prayers, sister.
    Can you keep me in there somewhere?
    And sister if you ain't go nothing good to say
    Don't say nothing at all.

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    What Are You Like

    Lyrics

    Today my mind is drawing a blank
    I canvas you to color this in
    There's no gas left in the tank
    You've always got your engines running

    You've got no whip when the beast lays down
    And feeds upon the rest has finally found

    What are you like?
    My open door revolver
    What are you like?
    My go to problem solver
    You shine a light in the darkest corners of my mind
    What are you like?
    You're that kind

    I cover mirrors with the clocks (cover mirrors with the clocks)
    I'm getting superstitious lately (you don't ever brush it off)
    But you don't ever brush it off (you won't cover me to safety)
    You won't cover me to safety

    While I'm sitting on this couch
    You're up and figuring it out

    What are you like?
    My open door revolver
    What are you like?
    My go to problem solver
    You shine a light in the darkest corners of my mind
    What are you like?

    The Greek chorus of our little play
    You'll explain me when I act this way
    And as we go along
    The unwritten song breaks through
    And it's all about you

    What are you like? (You're an open door)
    What are you like? (You're the best and more)
    What are you like? (You're a sacred text)
    What are you like? (You're what's coming next)
    What are you like? (You're my open door [Repeat x3])

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    Ghost Of The Gang

    Lyrics

    Jimmy died on his couch yesterday
    A friend of his ex wife called me to say
    He just gave it to God, slipped from the livin'
    With the bills pilin' up and a back that was givin' in

    It's been years since I've seen anyone
    Now I'm sittin' here, in the dark
    Stallin' out in my car
    Wishing I could bum a light
    From the ghost of the gang tonight

    Kathy lost a nephew under the wheels of a train
    A midday suicide after a losing streak
    He just stood on the tracks and gave it to glory
    I never called her, to say I'm sorry my friend.
    It's been years, but I'm thinking about you
    And all of your tears
    And I'm sitting here in the dark
    Afraid to make a stupid call
    Wishing I could bum a light
    From the ghost of the gang tonight

    Tonight I'm gonna take that ride for the years we missed and the friends that died
    Sideswiped baby on the road somehow with a pack of dreams that just weren't allowed
    Maybe you're walking those halls all quiet and sad
    Or sitting in the dark all scared and mad
    Feel my hand reach across and don't forget
    Where you come from baby, 'cause there's truth in it

    Yeah we huddled against the cold in those days
    By the light of a fire in a pep-rally haze
    With the smoke and lives past, and a reason for livin'
    No matter how bad it got, we wouldn't give in to it
    It's been years, since I've seen anyone cry these tears now
    Sitting here in the dark, stalling out in my car
    Wishing I could bum a light
    From the ghost of the gang tonight

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    Fleet Of Hope

    Lyrics

    The fisherman comes up
    Puts his two poles in the sand
    He stares out at the sea
    Just exactly like me
    But I've got a book in my hand
    We will have caught on to something by the end of the day
    But mostly we think about the one that got away.

    I've seen like a bird
    What pleasures the surface can bring
    I've lost my best craft
    Going foolishly back
    To where to Sirens sing
    I've stared up at the place where the water meets the sky
    And though I stopped breathing I still believe I should try
    Maybe a boat in search of lost treasures will pass by.

    'Cause the fleet of hope is so pretty
    When she's shining in the port
    And the harbor clings to the jetty
    For protection and support
    Out in the choppy waters the sharks swim and play
    You're all washed up when Poseidon has his day.

    I've walked through the desert
    Climbed over mountains so high
    Through jungles and plains
    I took buses and trains
    And airplanes across the sky
    But none as seductive as ocean before me alone
    And now I know why
    You layered your pockets with stones.

    'Cause the fleet of hope is so pretty
    When she's shining in the port
    And the harbor clings to the jetty
    For protection and support
    Out in the choppy waters the sharks swim and play
    You're all washed up when Poseidon has his day.

    When I was a girl
    All of my fancy took flight
    And I had this dream
    Could outshine anything
    Even the darkest night
    Now I wait like a widow for someone to come back from sea
    I've always known
    I was waiting for me

    'Cause the fleet of hope is so pretty
    When she's shining in the port
    And the harbor clings to the jetty
    For protection and support
    Out in the choppy waters the sharks swim and play
    You're all washed up when Poseidon has his day.

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    True Romantic

    Lyrics

    Baby, I've got the best intentions
    I just can't do it
    Baby, I've got the truest day
    But I just can't win
    Baby, I've got a good vibration
    But I just can't play it
    Baby, I spent my only fortune
    On the wages of sin
    But you, you gotta be extra forgiving
    And you gotta be
    Super strong
    You gotta be
    A true romantic
    I want you to look the other way
    Everything goes wrong
    Baby, if you took all the good stuff and you put it all together
    And you took all the bad stuff and you threw it all away
    Would I still be the girl that suits your fancy
    Would I still be the boy that rocks your world
    I
    If you get lonely
    Trouble on the chaos
    If you get bored
    Since you walked away
    Remember what I told you
    When the night was darkest
    You can leave me all you need to
    Baby I'm here to stay
    Baby, I'm gonna be extra forgiving
    And I'm gonna be super strong
    Cuz baby, I
    I'm a true romantic
    I'm gonna look the other way
    When everything goes wrong
    I

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