Discography

Discography

Rarities

  • Release date: 2005-Jun-14
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Rarities is a compilation album by Indigo Girls. It contains studio, demo, and live tracks (both original and cover versions of songs), many of which had previously been released on other compilation and soundtrack albums.

  1. Play

    Clampdown

    Lyrics

    What are we gonna do now?
    Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a jew?
    'cause they're working for the clampdown
    They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
    When we're working for the clampdown
    We will teach our twisted speech
    To the young believers
    We will train our blue-eyed men
    To be young believers

    The judge said five to ten-but I say double that again
    I'm not working for the clampdown
    No man born with a living soul
    Can be working for the clampdown
    Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
    How can you refuse it?
    Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
    D'you know that you can use it?

    The voices in your head are calling
    Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming
    Only a fool would think someone could save you
    The men at the factory are old and cunning
    You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
    It's the best years of your life they want to steal

    You grow up and you calm down
    You're working for the clampdown
    You start wearing the blue and brown
    You're working for the clampdown
    So you got someone to boss around
    It makes you feel big now
    You drift until you brutalize
    You made your first kill now

    In these days of evil presidentes
    Working for the clampdown
    But lately one or two has fully paid their due
    For working for the clampdown
    But ha! gitalong! gitalong!

    And I've given away no secrets
    Who's barmy now?

  2. Play

    I Don't Want To Talk About It

    Lyrics

    I can tell by your eyes
    That you've probably been crying forever
    And the stars in the sky
    Don't mean nothing to you they're a mirror
    I don't wanna talk about it
    How you broke my heart
    If I stay here just a little bit longer
    If I stay here won't you listen to my heart
    My heart

    If I stand all alone
    Will the shadows hide the color of my heart
    Will they be blue for the tears
    Black for the nights we spent apart
    And the stars don't mean nothing to you
    They're a mirror
    I don't wanna talk about it
    How you broke my heart
    Oh if I stay, if I stay here
    Won't you listen to my heart

    I don't wanna talk about it
    How you broke my heart
    If I stay, if I stay here just a little bit longer
    If I stay here won't you listen to my heart
    If I stand all alone
    Will the shadows hide the colors of my heart

  3. Play
    Live

    Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters

    Lyrics

    Now I know, "Spanish harlem" are not just pretty words
    to say.
    I thought I knew, but now I know that rose trees never grow,
    in New York city.

    Until you've seen this trash can dream come true,
    You stand at the edge, while people run you through.
    And I thank the Lord, there's people out there like you,
    I thank the Lord there's people out there like you.

    While Mona Lisas and mad hatters,
    sons of bankers, sons of lawyers,
    turn around and say, "good morning" to the night.
    For unless they see the sky, but they can't and that is why,
    they know not if it's dark out side or light.

    This Broadway's got, its got a lot of songs to sing,
    if I knew the tunes I might join in.
    I go my way alone, grow my own,
    my own seeds shall be sown, in New York city.
    Subways no way , for a good man to go down,
    Rich man can ride, and the hobo he can drown.

    And I thank the Lord for the people I have found,
    I thank the Lord for the people I have found.

    While Mona Lisas and mad hatters,
    sons of bankers, sons of lawyers,
    turn around and say, "good morning" to the night.
    For unless they see the sky, but they can't and that is why,
    they know not if it's dark out side or light.

    And now I know, "Spanish harlem" are not just pretty words
    to say.
    I thought I knew, but now I know that rose trees never grow,
    in New York city.
    Subways no way, for a good man to go down,
    Rich man can ride, and the hobo he can drown.

    And I thank the Lord for the people I have found,
    I thank the Lord for the people I have found.

    While Mona Lisas and mad hatters,
    sons of bankers, sons of lawyers,
    turn around and say, "good morning" to the night.
    For unless they see the sky, but they can't and that is why,
    they know not if it's dark outside or light,
    they know not if it's dark outside or light.

  4. Play
    Live

    Let Me Go Easy

    Lyrics

    Come pleasure me again. I'm so tired of digging in.
    I've done my share, don't need to win, just let me go easy.
    For two years my body fights. At this point it don't seem right.
    Just to do it out of spite and keep hanging on.

    Go on let me go easy.
    Won't you let me go easy, you let me go right now.

    I see the numbers dwindling, of my enemies and my friends.
    And still I know it never ends, so I'm passing you this torch.
    Fight the greed and the federals. Fight the need and the toxic spills.
    Drink from that wishing well, but may it never quench your thirst.

    Let me go easy.
    Go on let me go easy. Won't you let me go easy, you let me go right now.
    Let me go easy.
    Go on let me go easy. Won't you let me go easy, you let me go right now.

    So when you get to Ladenville, 'fore the tears the fare thee wells, for a moment stand real still and you'll feel me moving on.
    You go ahead with your plans, you won't be seeing me again, but you'll feel me in the hand, the hand that holds the plough.

    Let me go easy.
    Go on let me go easy. Won't you let me go easy, you let me go right now.
    Let me go easy.
    Go on let me go easy. Won't you let me go easy, you let me go right now.

  5. Play

    Winthrop

    Lyrics

    when we get back to winthrop
    a few miles from the airport
    on a plastic chair
    on a deck where my friends live
    i watch the taking off airplanes
    i watch the ocean waves crashing
    with all of this movement something's got to give

    down at the high tide
    passed down through the family
    the fishermen gather to complain about the catch
    they talk about time
    they talk about tides
    the pull of the moon and the coffee deep night black
    and i listen to them
    and i listen to you
    and for everyone there is something never coming back

    but for all that we've been through
    for all that we've promised
    your wayward direction seems insensible
    words fall off like breathless fish
    all flopping and scattered
    and hearts picked over deemed dispensible

    down at the high tide
    we're there for our last meal
    the broken loaves are still enough for all
    and we talk about time
    and we talk about tides
    under the moon with the deep night coffee black
    i hear the dim roar of the last flight out
    and for someone there is someone never coming back

    we talk about time
    we talk about tides
    under the moon and the deep night coffee black
    i hear the dim roar of the last flight out
    and for someone there is someone never coming back

  6. Play

    Free Of Hope

    Lyrics

    bricks are dirty, lakes are dead the family dog is madbaby brother's science
    beakers are all broken now the yard peacocks are all sad board games are
    boring may they rot on the shelf
    big brother's at Columbia University quote
    unquote he's tanning beaver pelts subtle as a billboard oh so refined smoking
    through my chimney burning up this life of mine free of hope, free of the
    past thank you God of nothing I'm free at last free of hope, free of the
    past thank you God of nothing I'm free at last I'm free at last ... a chip on
    the shoulder usually means there's wood up above but no many at this shiny oblong
    tableis very, very fibrous picnic demographics I'm scorched and cornfedleaning
    on the banisterI know it's just another 20, 20 years of sweat making up his
    milkdud mindgnawing on a Charleston Chewooh, look inside his hothouse eyes see
    his budding youth free of hope, free of the past thank you God of nothing I'm
    free at last free of hope, free of the past thank you God of nothing I'm free at
    last I'm free at last ...

  7. Play
    Tom Morello Remix

    Shed Your Skin

    Lyrics

    115
    You are 17
    Itchy trigger
    Venemous
    You growing longer
    You growing stronger
    You shed your skin
    Now shed this

    Come on over baby
    You tell me it's holy holy
    I don't know what that is
    Come on over
    Let's call it the fullness of time
    I don't know what that is
    Hey holy console me
    Some power control me
    Remorse it
    I force it
    Can't free it
    So be it

    I'm speaking in tongues
    Handling you
    I got religion now look at it
    The days grow longer
    As we grow stronger
    So shed your skin baby
    Let it rip

    Now tell me it's holy holy
    I don't know what that is
    I want to call it the fullness of time
    But I don't know if it is
    Hey holy console me
    Some power control me
    Remorse it
    I force it
    Can't free it
    So be it

    I got the hangman
    I got Milagro
    I got the celebration too
    The flesh is strong
    The spirit stronger
    So shed your skin baby
    Let it through

    Come on over.

  8. Play
    1986 EP Version

    Never Stop

    Lyrics

    You say she's a very good friend Circumstances I should understand But like recurring tide she comes on to you And looks as though she's looking for a man Honey don't make yourself so available My prides in my pocket but I can be reasonable Still all in all I forsee my own fall But Ive climbed too far to drop So stop
    I know it's your ego keeps the smile on your face Because you know you got your options open Shes a beguiling snake and shell keep what she takes But when she leaves you I'll be the one coping Honey don't make yourself so available My prides in my pocket but I can be reasonable Still through and through I can see clean through you I know you like to be the one on top But stop
    You will miss my conversation When you're talking to yourself Youll be thumbing for advice Through the pages of the novels on your shelf Honey don't you see our love togethers the very best bet Put your focus on me and I'll forgive and forget Throw away your hidden ace you clever man And take my hand
    You neednt play the part of your image This is not a one act play were living And as long as Im here the situation is clear Itll be 50/50 take and giving Honey don't you see a lifetimes not much to ask Take off your costume and remove your mask If yes is what you will say were gonna start from today Were gonna take it to the very top And never stop

  9. Play
    Demo Version

    Ghost

    Lyrics

    There's a letter on the desktop that I dug out of a drawer
    The last truce we ever came to
    In our adolescent war
    And I start to feel the fever
    From the warm air through the screen
    You come regular like seasons
    Shadowing my dreams

    And the Mississippi's mighty
    But it starts in Minnesota
    At a place that you could walk across
    With five steps down
    And I guess that's how you started
    Like a pinprick to my heart
    But at this point you rush right through me
    And I start to drown

    And there's not enough room
    In this world for my pain
    Signals cross and love gets lost
    And time passed makes it plain
    Of all my demon spirits
    I need you the most
    I'm in love with your ghost
    I'm in love with your ghost

    Dark and dangerous like a secret
    That gets whispered in a hush
    (don't tell a soul)
    When I wake the things I dreamt about you
    Last night make me blush
    (don't tell a soul)
    And you kiss me like a lover
    Then you sting me like a viper
    I go follow to the river
    Play your memory like a piper

    And I feel it like a sickness
    How this love is killing me
    I'd walk into the fingers
    Of your fire willingly
    And dance the edge of sanity
    I've never been this close
    I'm in love with your ghost

    Unknowing captor
    You never know how much you
    Pierce my spirit
    But I can't touch you
    Can you hear it
    A cry to be free
    Oh I'm forever under lock and key
    As you pass through me

    Now I see your face before me
    I would launch a thousand ships
    To bring your heart back to my island
    As the sand beneath me slips
    As I burn up in your presence
    And I know now how it feels
    To be weakened like Achilles
    With you always at my heels

    This bitter pill I swallow
    Is the silence that I keep
    It poisons me I can't swim free
    The river is too deep
    Though I'm baptized by your touch
    I am no worse than most
    In love with your ghost

    You are shadowing my dreams
    (In love with your ghost)
    (In love with your ghost)
    (In love with your ghost)

  10. Play

    Uncle John's Band

    Lyrics

    Well the first days are the hardest days
    Don't you worry anymore
    'Cause when life looks like easy street
    There is danger at your door
    Now think this through with me
    Let me know your mind
    Oh what I want to know
    Is are you kind

    Now it's a buck dancers choice my friends
    Better take my advice
    You know all the rules by now
    And the fire from the ice
    Now will you come with me
    Won't you come with me
    Oh what I want to know
    Will you come with me

    Sister well I declare
    Have you seen the like
    Their walls are built of cannon balls
    Their motto is don't tread on me
    Come hear uncle john's band
    Playing to the tide
    Come with me or go alone
    He's come to take his children home

    It's the same story the crow told me
    It's the only one he knows
    Like the morning sun you come
    And like the wind you go
    Ain't no time to hate
    Barely time to wait
    Oh what I want to know
    Where does the time go

    I live in a silver mine
    And I call it beggers tomb
    I've got me a violin
    And I beg you call the tune
    Anybody's choice
    I can hear your voice
    Oh what I want to know
    How does the song go

    Come hear uncle john's band
    By the riverside
    Got some things to talk about
    Here beside the rising tide
    Come hear uncle john's band
    Playing to the tide
    Come on come on or go alone
    He's come to take his children home

    Whoa what I want to know
    How does the song go

    Come hear uncle john's band
    By the riverside
    Got some things to talk about
    Here beside the rising tide
    Come hear uncle john's band
    Playing to the tide
    Come on along or go alone
    He's come to take his children home

    Come hear uncle john's band
    (brother)
    By the riverside
    (ain't no time to hate)
    Got some things to talk about
    (sister)
    Here beside the rising tide
    (ain't no time to wait)

    Come hear uncle john's band
    Playing to the tide
    Come on along or go alone
    He's come to take his children home

  11. Play
    Featuring Michael Stipe

    I'll Give You My Skin

  12. Play
    Dave Cooley Remix

    Free In You

    Lyrics

    A hard knock
    A cold clock
    Ticking off my time
    A long look
    But no luck
    Couldn't seem to find
    Or unwind
    Into peace of mind
    While I was trying

    A quick glance
    A big chance
    My heart beat like a drum
    I saw you
    And I knew
    Chances just don't come
    Round again
    Not like this
    First a laugh
    Then a kiss

    And I'm free in you
    I've got no worries on my mind
    I know what to do
    That's to treat you right
    And love you kind
    Thank you ever on my mind
    Love is just like breathing
    When it's true
    And I'm free in you

    The lost time
    And self pride
    Are my big mistakes
    A clear voice
    A bad choice
    Sounding like an ache
    In my day
    Not too bad
    But too real
    To go away

    But now I'm free in you
    I've got no worries on my mind
    I know what to do
    That's to treat you right
    And love you kind
    Thank you ever on my mind
    Love is just like breathing
    When it's true
    And I'm free in you

    And I don't know
    How you show
    Such gentle disregard
    For the ugly in me
    That I see
    That for so long
    I took so hard
    (I took so hard)
    And I truly believe
    (I truly believe)
    That you see the best in me
    (That you see the best in me)
    I'm in love
    We all love
    And that thought
    Sets me free

    Free in you
    Got no worries on my mind
    I know what to do
    That's to treat you right
    And love you kind
    Thank you ever on my mind
    Love is just like breathing
    When it's true
    And I'm free in you
    Yes I'm free in you

  13. Play

    Point Hope

    Lyrics

    hey little darling
    there's something that you should know
    this thing is gonna outlive us all
    this thing it won't let us go
    gonna take us down to nothing
    gonna eat us from the inside out
    and hey little darling
    i don't want you feeling the fallout

    when the cancer finally took him
    i was watching the trucks pull in
    me and your daddy we had a job
    under the ground mining uranium
    some things your daddy leaves you
    and there's some things he don't
    some things are gonna be here anyhow
    and some things just won't
    one thing i want you to understand
    is you ain't gotta be no mining man
    i curse the day that i went down
    and i pulled that shit out of the ground

    ah
    ah

    now we were living over in nevada
    that's where your people come from
    your grandma would take me and your daddy
    on down to the gunnery range
    we'd sit and watch the bombs blow
    and when the sun goes down
    all them colors running like the painted desert
    and you get to see it now

    them government boys had something so damn secret
    they had to hide it in the desert sand
    out there the skies so big
    and there ain't no mistaking it
    whose got the winning hand

    ah
    ah

    now i've been all the way to alaska
    to a town they call point hope
    where they took some of what we got down here
    just to see how it would grow
    i hear the lichen bought it
    now it's running through the caribou
    i said soon little darling
    ah you get to feel it too
    you get to feel it too
    ah now soon little darling
    you get to feel it too
    oh yeah
    yeah
    ah
    feel this
    ah
    (unknown) hold you
    ah
    get to feel this (unknown)
    ah
    to heal this land
    ah
    ah
    ah
    ah
    ah

  14. Play
    Live - Featuring Ani DiFranco

    Ramblin' Round

    Lyrics

    Ramblin' around your city Ramblin' around your town I never see a friend I know As I go ramblin' 'round boys As I go ramblin' 'round
    My mother hoped that I might be A man of some renown But I am just a refugee As I go ramblin' 'round boys As I go ramblin' 'round
    The peach trees they are loaded The branches bending down I pick 'em all day for a dollar boys As I go 'ramblin 'round As I go 'ramblin' 'round
    Sometimes the fruit gets rotten And falls on to the ground There's a hungry mouth for every peach As I go ramblin' 'round boys As I go ramblin' 'round
    Close

  15. Play
    Live

    Cold As Ice

    Lyrics

    I don't think you understand
    Oh the rhythm of my heart
    There's a strong line to mind and soul
    I feel it tearing apart
    I've been searching for new words
    Gonna make you understand in a different way
    When I told you I'd hang on forever
    I threw my choice away
    And it's cold as ice
    I can't let go
    It's cold as ice
    Baby but I need your love

    And I wish I could have been the first one
    Oh to walk out the door
    The more I find myself to blame
    The less there is to come back for
    You wish you could have been the last one
    To tell me how you really feel
    'cause when you closed the door oh deep inside
    My heart it still seemed so sincere
    And it's cold as ice
    I can't let go oh
    It's cold as ice
    Baby but I need your love

    It's cold as ice
    I can't let go
    It's cold as ice
    Baby but I need your love

    If there's a message to this madness
    Well it still seems quite unclear
    If I really need to save myself
    Why can't I just walk out of here?
    There's a message in your eyes
    And you make it perfectly plain
    Either I leave your heart behind
    Or crack beneath this freezing
    Freezing freezing freezing rain
    Cold as ice
    (Cold as ice)
    I can't let go
    (But I can't let go)
    Cold as ice
    Baby but I
    But I need your love

    All right
    I said I'm cold
    Cold I'm cold
    (Cold as ice)
    Cold I'm cold
    (Baby)
    Cold I'm cold
    (Cold as ice darling)
    Cold as ice
    (Cold as ice)
    Oh no but I can't let go
    (I said I'm freezing, freezing)
    Oh no no I can't let go
    (Freezing, freezing, freezing, freezing)
    No no I'm cold as ice
    (Whoa whoa baby yeah)
    I'm cold as ice
    But I can't let go
    No

  16. Play

    Walk Your Valley

    Lyrics

    it's over
    hang your gun belt
    and eat this simple fare
    what you need
    is to feed on something
    warm and hand-prepared
    the ice at the edges
    waters change is near
    and soon you give in to
    and free your long imprisoned tears
    walk your valley
    walk your shadow
    afraid but on your feet
    til your fire and my sky meet

    so sick mad seas made me
    tossed at such a clip
    how i clung to you horizon
    the captain of my ship
    your flame never faltered
    even in the fiercest wind
    even the strongest wick grows dim and sick
    when it's burning at both ends
    walk your valley
    walk your shadow
    afraid but on your feet
    til your fire and my sky meet

    there is nothing but now
    here's a cloth for your brow
    you've done well
    but it's time you rest awhile
    you've taken on the whole world
    like a boy
    like a girl
    you're a full grown wonder
    you're a child

    all misbelievers
    speak with ease the cynic tongue
    all is simple
    and loaded like buttons come undone
    like dreams and guns and questions
    on fire but still alive
    unlock your best potential
    and your sights on love tonight
    walk your valley
    walk your shadow
    afraid but on your feet
    til your fire and my sky meet
    walk your fire
    walk your fire
    afraid but on your feet
    til your fire and my sky meet

  17. Play

    It Won't Take Long

    Lyrics

    They said some men would be warriors
    Some men would be kings
    Some men would be owners of land
    And other man-made things
    False love as the eternal flame
    Would move some to think in rings
    And gold would be our power
    And other foolish things
    And you who dream of liberty
    Must not yourselves be fooled
    Before you get to plea for freedom
    You've agreed to being ruled
    If the body stays a shackle
    Then the mind remains a chain
    And that will link you to your destiny
    Where by other souls are slain
    It won't take long
    It won't take too long at all
    Three men in a desert wandering
    One is knowing and two are scared
    They say time is in the river
    Oh but the river is not there
    Dry in spirit
    Dry in body
    Two will lend themselves to death
    And in grief one weeps into his hands
    And drinks his bitter tears
    'cause it don't take long
    It don't take too long at all
    No it don't take long
    You may say
    I don't know what you're talking about
    And I say
    You mean to tell me that's all
    And I stand before you now
    I am hopeful in my rage
    You know love has finally called for me
    I will not wilt upon its stage
    But you know still smaller than my nightmare
    Now do I print upon the page
    And do we have to live inside its walls
    To identify the cage
    'cause it takes so long
    Why does it take so long
    And it takes so long
    You may say
    I don't really care what you're talking about
    I'm gonna ask you
    You trying to tell me you don't belong
    I am my mother's daughter
    But I have seen myself in you
    It's this blessing that I follow now
    And so I must speak true
    I dreamed of thousands dying
    It was you and you and you
    And while the city sleeps so quietly
    There is something we must do
    And it won't' take long
    It won't take too long at all
    It won't take long
    May say
    I don't know if I want to know what you're getting at
    It makes me want to say
    So long
    Grief shall come in measures
    Only grief alone will know
    And you'll see it on your family
    And on your own face it will grow
    Then they'll try to keep you hungry
    And they'll tell you to eat snow
    You know pride can be a moving thing
    If we learn the strength of no
    And it won't take long
    It won't take too long at all
    No it won't take long
    You may say
    I don't think this has anything to do with me
    Did you ever think you could be wrong
    At noon on one day coming
    Human strength will fill the streets
    Of every city on our planet
    Hear the sound of angry feet
    With business freezed up in the harbour
    The kings will pull upon their hair
    And the banks will shudder to a halt
    And the artists will be there
    'cause it won't take long
    It won't take too long at all
    No it won't take long
    And you may say
    I don't think I can be a part of that
    And it makes me want to say
    Don't you want to see yourself that strong
    Division between the peoples
    Will disappear that honoured day
    And though oceans lie between us
    Lifted candles light the way
    Half will join their hands by moonlight
    The rest under the rising sun
    As underneath the sun and moon
    A ritualed wailing has begun
    And it won't take long
    It won't take too long at all
    And it won't take long
    And you may say
    I don't know how to be a part of what you're talking about
    And it makes me want to say
    Come on
    Come on
    Oh beware you sagging diplomats
    For you will not hear one gun
    And though our homes be torn and ransacked
    We will not be undone
    For as we let ourselves be bought
    We're gonna let ourselves be free
    And if you think we stand alone
    Take a look around and you will see
    We are children in the rafters
    We are babies in the park
    We are lovers at the movies
    We are candles in the dark
    We are changes in the weather
    We are snowflakes in July
    We are women grown together
    We are men who easily cry
    We are words no quickly spoken
    We're the deeper side of try
    We are dreamers in the making
    We are not afraid of why

  18. Play
    Live

    Finlandia

    Lyrics

    This is my song, O God of all the nations A song of peace for lands afar and mine This is my home, the country where my heart is Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine But other hearts in other lands are beating With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine
    My country's skies are bluer than the ocean And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine But other lands have sunlight too and clover And skies are everywhere as blue as mine O hear my song, thou God of all the nations A song of peace for their land and for mine

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