Discography

Discography

Retrospective

  • Release date: 2000-Oct-03
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainmen

Retrospective is a compilation album with two new tracks, released by Indigo Girls in 2000.

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    Strange Fire

    Lyrics

    I come to you with strange fire
    I make an offering of love
    The incense of my soil is burned
    By the fire in my blood
    I come with a softer answer
    To the questions that lie in your path
    I want to harbor you from the anger
    Find a refuge from the wrath

    This is a message
    A message of love
    Love that moves from the inside out
    Love that never grows tired
    I come to you with strange fire
    Fire

    Mercenaries of the shrine
    Now who are you to speak for god
    With haughty eyes and lying tongues
    And hands that shed innocent blood
    Now who delivered you the power
    To interpret calvary
    You gamble away our freedom
    To gain your own authority

    Find another state of mind
    You know it's time we all learned
    To grab hold
    Strange fire burns
    With the motion of love

    Fire
    Fire

    When you learn to love yourself
    You will dissolve all the stones that are cast
    Now you will learn to burn the icing sky
    To melt the waxen mask
    I said to have the gift of true release
    This is a peace that will take you higher
    Oh I come to you with my offering
    I bring you strange fire

    This is a message
    A message of love
    Love that moves from the inside out
    Love that never grows tired
    I come to you with strange fire
    Fire
    Fire
    I come to you with strange fire

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    Closer To Fine

    Lyrics

    I'm tryin' to tell you somethin' 'bout my life.
    Maybe give me insight between black and white.
    And the best thing you've ever done for me
    Is to help me take my life less seriously.
    It's only life after all.

    Well darkness has a hunger that's insatiable,
    And lightness has a call that's hard to hear.
    I wrap my fear around me like a blanket.
    I sailed my ship of safety till I sank it.
    I'm crawling on your shores.

    I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
    I looked to the children, I drank from the fountain.
    There's more than one answer to these questions
    Pointing me in a crooked line.
    And the less I seek my source for some definitive,
    The closer I am to fine. The closer I am to fine.

    I went to see the Doctor of Philosophy
    With a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knee.
    He never did marry or see a B-Grade movie.
    He graded my performance, he said he could see through me.
    I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind,
    Got my paper and I was free.

    I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
    I looked to the children, I drank from the fountain.
    There's more than one answer to these questions
    Pointing me in a crooked line.
    And the less I seek my source for some definitive,
    The closer I am to fine. The closer I am to fine.

    I stopped by the bar at three A.M.
    To seek solace in a bottle, or possibly a friend.
    I woke up with a headache like my head against a board,
    Twice as cloudy as I'd been the night before.
    And I went in seeking clarity.

    I woke up with a headache like my head against a board,
    Twice as cloudy as I'd been the night before.
    And I went in seeking clarity.
    I go to the doctor, we go to the mountains.
    We look to the children, we drink from the fountain.
    We go to the Bible, we go through the work out.
    We read up on revival, we stand up for the lookout.
    There's more than one answer to these questions
    Pointing me in a crooked line.
    And the less I seek my source, the closer I am to fine.

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    Kid Fears

    Lyrics

    Pain from pearls, hey little girl,
    How much have you grown?
    Pain from pearls, hey little girl,
    Flower for the ones you've known.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Secret staircase, running high,
    You had a hiding place.
    Secret staircase, running low,
    But they all know, now you're inside.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Skipping stones, we know the price now
    Any sin will do
    How much further, if you can spin.
    How much further, if you are smooth.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

    Replace the rent with the stars above
    Replace the need with love.

    Replace the anger with the tide.
    Replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love.

    Are you on fire,
    From the years?
    What would you give for your
    Kid fears?

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    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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    Three Hits

    Lyrics

    And it's poetry in motion
    One could send you down the river
    Three's a strange way to be delivered

    Would you trade your words for freedom
    That's a barter for a blind man
    Three hits to the heart son
    And it's poetry in motion

    Are you levee'd like a treasure
    Only words can help me find you
    And this world's a fickle measure
    I would painfully remind you

    From a wise man to your red hand
    You lay covered ion our best sins
    Three hits to the heart son
    And it's poetry in motion

    Well I dream you constant stranger
    With your best bloods and your anger
    You say mother do you claim me
    My beloved do you blame me

    Well the first two might release you
    But the last one sings in me son
    Three hits to the heart son
    And it's poetry in motion

    Three hits to the heart son
    And the last one sings in me

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    Galileo

    Lyrics

    Galileo's head was on the block
    The crime was lookin' up the truth
    And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
    I try to trace them to my youth

    How long 'til my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
    I call on the resting soul of Galileo king of night vision
    King of insight

    And then you had to bring up reincarnation
    Over a couple of beers the other night
    And now I'm serving time for mistakes
    Made by another in another life time

    How long 'til my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
    I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
    King of insight

    I'm not making a joke
    You know me I take everything so seriously
    If we wait for the time till all souls get it right
    Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation in my life time
    I'm still not right

    And then I think about my fear of motion
    Which I never could explain
    Some other fool across the ocean years ago
    Must have crashed his little airplane

    How long 'til my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
    I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
    King of insight

    I offer thanks to those before me
    That's all I've got to say
    'Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
    Now I have to pay

    How long till my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
    I call on the resting soul of galileo king of night vision
    King of insight

    But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
    To let the next life off the hook
    Or she'll say look what I had to overcome from my last life
    I think I'll write a Book

    How long 'til my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach that kind of light
    I call on the resting soul of galileo
    King of night vision king of insight

    How long 'til my soul gets it right
    Can any human being ever reach the highest light
    Except for Galileo, God rest his soul
    King of the night vision, king of insight
    How long
    How long

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    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)

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    Reunion

    Lyrics

    I had guards like watchdogs
    Dogs in a manger
    I could feel the protection
    Possession and anger
    And I drove out of there
    With no on behind me
    Feeling funny and free
    All you pretty pretenders
    Negligent vendors
    Aren't you precious inside
    I have no need for anger
    With intimate strangers
    And I got nothing to hide
    Yeah

    I laughed as I said it
    This is my situation
    It's not pictures or privilege
    It's just self preservation
    I don't want you to feel
    Any obligation
    It feels so funny to be free
    All you pretty pretenders
    Negligent vendors
    Aren't you precious inside
    I have no need for anger
    With intimate strangers
    And I got nothing to hide

    We act empty and innocent
    But we are fueled by distortions
    (I remember you)
    Of lives led in discontent
    (When we were shiny and new)
    Trading misfortunes
    (Now you guard your faith)
    'Cause faith is one thing
    That is hard to deliver
    (Temper your speed)
    It feels so funny to be free

    All you pretty pretenders
    Negligent vendors
    Aren't you precious inside
    I have no need for anger
    With intimate strangers
    And I got nothing to hide
    I got nothing to hide

    All of us aren't we
    Pretty pretenders
    Negligent vendors
    Aren't we precious inside
    I have no need for anger
    With intimate strangers
    And I got nothing to hide
    I got nothing to hide

    I had guards like watchdogs
    Dogs in a manger
    (I remember you)

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    Power Of Two

    Lyrics

    Now the parking lot is empty
    Everyone's gone someplace
    I pick you up and in the trunk I've packed
    A cooler and a 2-day suitcase
    Cause there's a place we like to drive
    Way out in the country
    Five miles out of the city limit we're singing
    And your hand's upon my knee

    So we're okay
    We're fine
    Baby I'm here to stop your crying

    Chase all the ghosts from your head
    I'm stronger than the monster beneath your bed
    Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
    We'll look at them together then we'll take them apart
    Adding up the total of a love that's true
    Multiply life by the power of two

    You know the things that I am afraid of
    I'm not afraid to tell
    And if we ever leave a legacy
    It's that we loved each other well
    'Cause I've seen the shadows of so many people
    Trying on the treasures of youth
    But a road that fancy and fast ends
    Ends in a fatal crash
    And I'm glad we got off
    To tell you the truth

    'Cause we're okay
    We're fine
    Baby I'm here to stop your crying
    Chase all the ghosts from your head
    I'm stronger than the monster beneath your bed
    Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
    We'll look at them together then we'll take them apart
    Adding up the total of a love that's true
    Multiply life by the power of two

    All the shiny little trinkets of temptation
    (Make new friends)
    Something new instead of something old
    (But keep the old)
    All you gotta do is scratch beneath the surface
    (But remember what is gold)
    And it's fools gold
    (What is gold)
    Fools gold
    (What is gold)
    Fools gold

    Now we're talking about a difficult thing
    And your eyes are getting wet
    I took us for better and I took us for worse
    Don't you ever forget it
    Now the steel bars between me and a promise
    Suddenly bend with ease
    The closer I'm bound in love to you
    The closer I am to free

    So we're okay
    We're fine
    Baby I'm here to stop your crying
    Chase all the ghosts from your head
    I'm stronger than the monster beneath your bed
    Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
    We'll look at them together then we'll take them apart
    Adding up the total of a love that's true
    Multiply life by the power of two

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    Least Complicated

    Lyrics

    I sit two stories above the street
    It's awful quiet here since love fell asleep
    There's life down below me though
    The kids are walking home from school

    Some long ago when we were taught
    That for whatever kind of puzzle you got
    You just stick the right formula in
    A solution for every fool

    I remember the time when I came so close to you
    Sent me skipping my class and running from school
    And I bought you that ring cause I never was cool
    What makes me think I could start clean slated
    The hardest to learn was the least complicated

    So I just sit up in the house and resist
    And not be seen until I cease to exist
    A kind of conscientious objection
    A kind of dodging the draft

    The boy and girl are holding hands on the street
    And I don't want to but I think you just wait
    It's more than just eye to eye
    Learn the things I could never apply

    I remember the time when I came so close with you
    I let everything go it seemed the only truth
    And I bought you that ring, it seemed the thing to do

    What makes me think I could start clean slated
    The hardest to learn was the least complicated
    So what makes me think I could start clean slated
    The hardest to learn was the least complicated

    I'm just a mirror of a mirror myself
    All the things that I do
    And the next time I fall I'm gonna have to recall
    It's isn't love it's only something new

    I sit two stories above the street
    It's awful quiet here since love fell asleep
    There's life down below me though
    The kids are walking home from school

    I'm remember the time when I came so close with you
    Sent me skipping my class and running from school
    And I bought you that ring cause I never was cool

    What makes me think I could start clean slated
    The hardest to learn was the least complicated
    So what makes me think I could start clean slated
    The hardest to learn was the least complicated
    The least complicated
    The least complicated

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    Shame On You

    Lyrics

    My friends they wash the windows and they shine in the sun
    They tell me wake up early in the morning sometime
    See what a beautiful job we done
    I say let's put on some tunes sing along do little all day
    Go sown to the riverside take off our shoes wash these sins away

    The river said la la la
    Shame on you

    I go down to Chicano city park because it makes me feel so fine
    When the weeds go down you can see up close in the dead of the winter time
    But when the summer comes everything's in bloom and you wouldn't know it's there
    The white folks like to pretend it's not but their music's in the air

    You can hear them singing la la la
    Shame on you

    You can feel them dancing la la la
    Shame on you

    My friend Tanner she says you know me and Jesus we're of the same heart
    The only thing that keeps us distant is that I keep fuckin' up
    I said come on down to Chicano city park wash your blues away
    The beautiful ladies walk on by
    You know I never know what to say

    They'll be singing ooh la la
    Shame on you

    Let's go road block trippin' in the
    Middle of the night up in Gainesville town
    There'll be blue lights flashing down the long dirt road
    When they ask me to step out
    They say we be looking for illegal immigrants can we check your car
    I say you know it's funny I think we were on the same boat back in 1694

    I said ooh la la
    Shame on you

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    Get Out The Map

    Lyrics

    The saddest sight my eyes can see
    Is that big ball of orange sinking slyly down the trees
    Sittin' in a broken circle while you rest upon my knee
    This perfect moment moment will soon be leaving me

    Suzanne calls from Boston the coffee's hot the corn is high
    And that same sun that warms your heart will suck the good earth dry
    With everything it's opposite enough to keep you crying
    Or keep this old world spinning with a twinkle in its eye

    Get out the map get out the map
    And lay your finger anywhere down
    We'll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town
    Don't drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone
    I'm gonna clear my head
    I'm gonna drink that sun
    I'm gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young

    Joni left for South Africa a few years ago
    And Beth took a job all the way over on the West Coast
    And me I'm still trying to live half a life on the road
    Seems I'm heavier by the year and heavier by the load

    Why do we hurtle ourselves through ever inch of time and space
    I must say around some corner I can sense a resting place
    With every lesson learned a line upon your beautiful face
    We'll amuse ourselves one day with these memories we'll trace

    Get out the map get out the map
    And lay your finger anywhere down
    We'll leave the figuring to those we pass on our way out of town
    Don't drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone
    I'm gonna clear my head
    I'm gonna drink that sun
    I'm gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young

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    Go

    Lyrics

    Through the dust bowl
    Through the debt
    Grandma was a suffragette
    Blacklisted for her publication
    Blacklisted for my generation
    Go go go

    Raise your hands
    Raise your hands high
    Don't take a seat
    Don't stand aside
    This time
    Don't assume anything
    Just go go go

    Feed the fire
    And fan the flame
    I know you kids can stand the rain
    I know the kids are still upsetters
    'cause rock is cool but the struggle is better
    Go go go

    And raise your hands
    Raise your hands high
    Don't take a seat
    Don't stand aside
    This time
    Don't assume anything
    I said this time
    Now don't assume anything
    Just go

    The truth is I was afraid
    I felt inferior
    I felt I excelled in competing with others and I knew instantly that these people were not competing at all, that they were acting in a strange, powerful trance of movement together
    And I was filled with longing to act with them and with the fear that I could not

    Did they tell you it was set it stone
    That you'd end up alone
    Use your years to psyche you out
    You're too old to care
    You're too young to count

    Did they tell you, you would come undone
    When you try to touch the sun
    Undermine the underground
    You're too old to care
    You're too young to count

    I said go go go

    I said this time
    Don't assume anything
    Just go go go
    Go go go
    Go go go

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    Trouble

    Lyrics

    Trouble came around here
    Here in the south we fix something to eat
    Steam risin' up off the greenery
    And we welcome the strangers we meet

    Alien sick growing in these walls
    Like moss in a crack that time made
    I brush a guy in the airport
    Whistling it's a small world after all
    And the prices are higher
    But the kids still selling lemonade

    Get to the point of it
    (get to the point of it)
    Get to the sense of it
    (get to the sense of it)
    I'm in a hurry
    To get through it

    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)
    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)

    A hurricane flag flappin' in a bad storm
    Same color of the spider underneath my nail that bit me in my dream
    And who would take out the dominican republic
    And send god's sweet children floating down a poison stream

    A secret society of conference rooms
    I pledge my allegiance to the dollar
    And when the clergy take a vote oh the gays will pay again
    Yeah 'cause there's more than one kind of criminal white collar

    So get to the point of it
    (get to the point of it)
    Get to the sense of it
    (get to the sense of it)
    I'm in a hurry to get through it

    One day the war will stop
    And we'll grow a peaceful crop
    And a girl can get a wife
    And we can bring you back to life

    Sacks of flour and rice or poker chips
    Greasy palms or systems underhanding
    (...shelter...)
    And maybe we'll take a walk on pluto
    Yeah but be no closer to the understanding
    (...what I wish...)

    Get to the point of it
    (get to the point of it)
    Get to the sense of it
    (get to the sense of it)
    I'm in a hurry to get through it

    Yeah

    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)
    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)
    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)
    I am in trouble
    (i am in trouble)
    Trouble
    (trouble)
    Trouble
    (trouble)
    Trouble
    (trouble)
    Trouble
    (trouble)
    Ah

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    Devotion

    Lyrics

    I pulled out with the mountain laurel blooming
    On a dirt road that is soon to be paved
    Down to the site of my original establishment
    And the west end family grave

    Cause one day moves into two
    (one day moves into two)
    And I'm losing
    Everything except for you
    (everything except for you)
    And I would sing you a song of devotion
    (I would sing you a song of devotion)
    Yeah that's what I should do
    (that's what I should do)

    Blood runs thick and when it rains it pours down
    (blood runs thick)
    On the family tree on the fields of war
    (the family tree on the fields of war)
    I spend my time being broken hearted and grieving bound
    (I spend my time being broken hearted and grieving bound)
    Yeah I haven't much need to look forward

    I just let a one day move into two
    (one day moves into two)
    I'm losing
    Everything except for you
    (everything except for you)
    I would sing you a song of devotion
    (I should sing you a song of devotion)

    Book of days
    (book of days)
    The way things lay
    (the way things lay)
    That's just space and time
    (that's just space and time)
    I gave it up
    (I gave it up)
    All for a love
    (all for a love)
    That won't be defined
    (that won't be defined)

    I've had enough temporary acquisition
    Building fences for no gain
    (building fences for no gain)
    Taking dead trees down before the winter freeze
    (taking dead trees down before the winter freeze)
    I said let em rot and fall where they may

    Just let one day move into two
    (one day moves into two)
    I'm losing
    Everything except for you
    (everything except for you)
    Ah yeah
    I would sing you a song of devotion
    (i would sing you a song of devotion)
    That's what I should do
    (i gotta let them fall where they may)
    (cause one day moves into two)
    It's the book of days
    (I'm losing)
    It's the way things lay
    (everything except for you)
    Now that's just space and time
    (I)
    (I would sing you a song)
    I gave it up
    (of devotion)
    All for your love
    (yeah)
    That's what I should do
    (that's what I should do)
    That's what I should do
    (that's what I should do)
    Yeah
    That's what I should do
    (that's what I should do)

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    Leaving

    Lyrics

    Jet fuel and traffic lines
    Pulling up to the delta signs
    Distant shape of my hometown
    Black stain where the wheels touch down

    I pick up the morning news
    I pass the man who's never shined my shoes
    Through security and to the train
    That will take me to the airplane

    Count the miles on the highway
    (count the miles on the highway)
    The sum of all my days
    (the sum of all my days)

    There's a postcard there's a call
    (there's a call)
    And there's a picture for your bedroom wall
    (bedroom wall)

    But do you ever wonder through and through
    Who's that person standing next to you
    (who's that person standing next to you)
    And after all the nights apart
    Is there a home for a traveling heart

    But if I weren't leaving you
    (if I weren't leaving, if I weren't leaving you)
    I don't know what I would do
    (I would do)

    But the more I go the less I know
    Will the fire still burn on my return
    Keep the path lit on the only road I know
    Honey all I know to do is go

    A cup of coffee and my bags are packed
    (coffee and my bags are packed)
    The same vow not to look back
    (same vow not to look back)
    (if I weren't leaving)

    Familiar emptiness inside
    (familiar emptiness inside)
    As the distances grow wide
    (if I weren't leaving)

    And though I vow to memorize
    (i vow to memorize)
    The last look in your loving eyes
    (the last look in your loving eyes)
    It's here dusk and there dawn
    Oh it's like a curtain getting slowly drawn

    But if I weren't leaving you
    (if I weren't leaving, if I weren't leaving you)
    I don't know what I would do
    (I would do)

    But the more I go the less I know
    Will the fire still burn on my return
    Keep the path lit on the only road I know
    Honey all I know to do is go

    But if I weren't leaving you
    (if I weren't leaving, if I weren't leaving you)
    I don't know what I would do
    (I would do)
    (Leaving you)

    But the more I go it seems the less I know
    (but the more I go the less I know)
    Will the fire still burn on my return
    (will the fire still burn on my return)
    Keep the path lit on the only road I know
    (keep the path lit on the only road I know)
    Honey all I know to do is go

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