Discography

Discography

Rites Of Passage

  • Release date: 1992-May-12
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Rites of Passage is the fourth studio album by Indigo Girls, released in 1992. It was reissued and remastered in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

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    Three Hits

    Lyrics

    Three hits to the heart son
    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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    Joking

    Lyrics

    You said the world was magic
    I was wide-eyed and laughing
    We were dancing up to the bright side
    Forget about your ego
    Forget about your pride
    And you will never have to compromise
    And you were only joking
    You were only joking brother

    We talked about our mothers
    Kissed the wounds of our fathers
    I could have been your sister
    I would have been your brother
    You kissed me like I was a soldier
    Headed for a war
    I dying man but I don't know what for
    And you were only joking
    You were only joking brother
    You were only joking
    (Wide-eyed and laughing)
    You were only joking brother
    (Dancing up to the bright side)

    Gravel and glass on the bottom of my feet
    I bruised my heels on the swollen street
    We were girls in bars
    Boys on the town
    Bumping like a pinball off a careless crowd
    You said good friends are hard to come by
    I laughed and bought you a beer
    It's too corny to cry
    Well sentiment given
    Oh sentiment lost
    You shake it off with a smirk and a toss
    And you were only joking
    You were only joking brother
    You were only joking
    Were only joking brother
    And you were only joking
    (gravel and glass on the bottom of my feet)
    You were only joking brother
    (I bruised my heels on the swollen street)
    You kissed me like a soldier heading for a war
    (Joking)
    I'm a dying man
    (You were only joking)
    And you were only joking
    (Don't know what for)
    (Dying man)
    You were only joking brother
    (Don't know what for)
    And you were only
    And you were only
    And you were only joking
    Brother

    One two three four

    Ah yeah

    (Wide eyed and laughing)
    Sha la
    (Dancing up to the bright side)
    Sha la
    (wide eyed and laughing)
    Sha la
    (dancing up to the bright side)

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    Jonas And Ezekiel

    Lyrics

    I left my anger in a river running highway 5
    New hampshire, vermont, bordered by
    College farms, hubcaps, and falling rocks
    Voices in the woods and the mountaintops

    I used to search for reservations and native lands
    Before I realized everywhere I stand
    There have tribal feet running wild as fire
    Some past life sister of my desire

    [Chorus]
    Jonas and Ezekiel hear me now
    Steady now and don't come out
    I'm not ready for the dead to show it's face
    Whose turn is it anyway?
    Anyway?

    Now when I was young my people taught me well
    Give back what you take or you'll go to hell
    It's not the devil's land, you know it's not that kind
    Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine
    Every devil I meet is an angel in disguise

    [Chorus]

    White, chain, rope, fear
    (hush my darling)
    Be still my dear

    A bullet in the head, now he's dead
    A friend of a friend, someone said
    He was an activist with a very short life
    I think there's a lesson here - he died without a fight

    In the war over land where the world began
    Prophecies say it's where the world will end
    But there's a tremor growing in our backyard
    Fear in our heads, fear in our hearts
    Prophets in the graveyard

    [Chorus]

    Jonas and Ezekiel hear me now
    Steady now I feel your ghost about
    I'm not ready for the dead to show it's face
    Whose angel are you anyway?

    I said there's prophets in the graveyard
    (now I walk in beauty)
    Prophets in the graveyard
    (beauty is before me)
    Prophets in the graveyard
    (beauty is behind me)
    (above and below me)

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    Love Will Come To You

    Lyrics

    Guess I wasn't the best one to ask
    Me myself with my face pressed
    Up against love's glass
    To see the shiny toy I've been hoping for
    The one I never could afford
    The wide world spins and spits turmoil
    And the nations toil for peace
    But the paws of fear upon your chest
    Only love can soothe that beast
    And my words are paper tigers
    No match for the predators of pain inside her

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    Where there's now one there will be two

    I was born under the sign of cancer
    (Love will come to you)
    Like brushing cloth I smooth the wrinkles for an answer
    (Love will come)
    I'm always closing my eyes and wishing I'm fine
    (I close my eyes and wish you fine)
    Even though I know I'm not this time
    (Even though I know your not this time)

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    Where there's now one there will be two

    Dodging your memories a field of knives
    Always on the outside looking in on other's lives

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    (I have offered up to you)
    Where there's now one there will be two

    And I wish her insight to battle love's blindness
    Strength from the milk of human kindness
    A safe place for all the pieces that scattered
    Learn to pretend there's more than love that matters

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    Romeo And Juliet

    Lyrics

    A love struck romeo
    Sings the streets a serenade
    Now he's laying everybody low
    He's got a love song that he made
    He finds a streetlight
    And he steps out of the shade
    And says something like
    "you and me, babe, how about it?"

    Juliet says "hey, it's romeo!"
    "you nearly give me a heart attack!"
    Yeah well, he's underneath the window
    Now she's singing "hey-la, my boyfriend's back"
    "you shouldn't come around here
    Singing up at people like that
    Ah anyway, whatcha gonna do about it?"

    Juliet
    The dice were loaded from the start
    And I bet and you exploded into my heart
    And I forget, I forget the movie song
    When you gonna realize
    It was just that the time was wrong
    Julie

    We both come up on different streets
    And they both were streets of shame
    You know they're both dirty both mean
    Yes and the dreams were the same
    And I dreamed your dream for you
    And now your dream is real
    So tell me honey
    Now how can you look at me
    As if I was just another one of your deals

    Now you can fall for chains of silver
    And you can fall for chains of gold
    You know you fall for pretty strangers
    And the promises they hold
    Well you promised me everything
    And then you promised me thick and thin
    Now you just turn away and say
    "romeo, I think I used to have a scene with him."

    Ah juliet
    When we made love you used to cry
    You said "I love you like the stars above
    Gonna love you till I die"
    There's a place for us
    I you know this song
    Now when you gonna realize
    It was just that the time was wrong
    Julie

    But I can't do the talks like they talk on my tv screen
    I can't do a love song not the way you song them to me
    I can't do everything but I would do anything for you
    Oh no I can't do anything except be in love with you

    Yeah now and all I do is miss you
    And the way it used to be you know
    And all I do is keep the beat
    I keep bad, bad company
    And all I do is kiss you
    Through the bars of a rhyme
    When julie I'd do the stars with you
    Anytime

    Ah juliet
    When we made love you used to cry
    You said "I love you like the stars above
    I'm gonna love you till I die"
    There's a place for us
    I know you know the movie song
    One day we're gonna realize
    It was just that the time was wrong
    Julie
    Julie
    Julie

    Now this love struck romeo
    He sings the streets a serenade
    Now he's laying everybody low
    He's got a love song he made
    He finds a convenient streetlight
    And he'll step out of the shade
    And he'll say something like
    "you and me, babe, how 'bout it?

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    Virginia Woolf

    Lyrics

    Some will strut and some will fret
    See this an hour on the stage
    Others will not but they'll sweat
    In their hopelessness and their rage
    We're all the same the men of anger
    And women of the page

    They published your diary
    And that's how I got to know you
    The key to the room of your own and a mind without end
    And here's a young girl
    On a kind of a telephone line through time
    And the voice at the other end comes like a long lost friend
    So I know I'm all right
    Life will come and life will go
    Still I feel it's all right
    Cause I just got a letter to my soul
    And when my whole life is on the tip of my tongue
    Empty pages for the no longer young
    The apathy of time laughs in my face
    You say "each life has its place"

    The hatches were battened
    The thunderclouds rolled and the critics stormed
    The battle surrounded the white flag of your youth
    If you need to know that you weathered the storm
    Of cruel mortality
    A hundred years later I'm sitting here living proof
    So you know you're all right
    (All right)
    Life will come and life will go
    (Life will come and go)
    Still you'll feel it's all right
    (All right)
    Someone'll get a letter to your soul
    (Someone gets your soul)
    When your whole life is on the tip of your tongue
    Empty pages for the no longer young
    The apathy of time laughed in your face
    Did you hear me say "each life has its place"

    The place where you hold me
    Dark in a pocket of truth
    The moon had swallowed the sun and the light of the earth
    And so it was for you
    When the river eclipsed your life
    And sent your soul like a message in a bottle to me
    And it was my rebirth
    So we know we're all right
    (All right)
    Though life will come and life will go
    (Though life will come and life will go)
    Still you'll feel it's all right
    (All right)
    Someone'll will get a letter to your soul
    (Someone gets your soul)
    Then you know you're all right
    (When my whole life is on the tip of my tongue)
    Then you feel you're all right
    (Empty pages for the no longer young)
    And your hear dry you eyes
    (You said)
    And you know it's all right
    (Each life has it's place)
    And your hear dry your eyes
    (You said)
    And you know it's all right
    (Each life has it's place)
    And it's all right
    (It'll be all right)

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    Chicken Man

    Lyrics

    I am an only child Born of the wild Riddled to spend my time Defending my land You are the only one Born in the sun Riddled to spend your time Defending my plan
    Dead dog on the highway Median cats are growling at me I turn my lights on brighter I'm counting through the night ride
    And it's one more life (For the taker) Chickenman, chickenman One more song (For the maker) Chickenman, chickenman
    On the road to Athens I saw a dead deer on the highway I slipped into a desert Five prairie dogs and a rabbit
    I was running down on Queen Street I saw a woman on the sidewalk (Danger danger) She was beaten by a stranger (Danger danger danger danger) Danger danger danger
    And it's one more life (For the taker) Chickenman, chickenman Chickenman hold my hand One more song (For the maker) Hold my hand Chickenman
    I was on the road to Austin Met a man on the highway He sold me junk and conversation He was wise and dirty from the weather
    I said, "Darkness into darkness All the carnage of my journeys Makes it harder to be living" He said, "It's a long road to be forgiven"
    It's one more life (For the taker) Chickenman, chickenman Chickenman hold my had One more song (For the maker) Chickenman, chickenman Chickenman hold my hand
    I am an only child Born of the wild Riddled to spend my time Defending my land You are the only one Born in the sun Riddled to spend your time Defending my plan
    I went looking for a car Found myself beneath the stars I went looking for a girl Found a man and his world Chickenman, chickenman (I went looking for a car) Chickenman hold my hand (Found myself beneath the stars) Chickenman, chickenman (I went looking for a girl) Chickenman hold my hand (Found a man and his world)
    I am an only child
    (Chickenman, chickenman)
    (Chickenman hold my hand)
    Hold my hand
    (Chickenman, chickenman)
    (Chickenman hold my hand)
    I am an only child
    (Chickenman, chickenman)
    (Chickenman hold my hand)
    Hold my hand
    (Chickenman, chickenman)
    (Chickenman hold my hand)
    Chickenman chickenman
    Chickenman hold my hand
    Chickenman chickenman
    Chickenman hold my hand
    Chickenman chickenman
    Chickenman hold my hand
    Chickenman chickenman
    Chickenman hold my hand

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    Airplane

    Lyrics

    Up on the airplane
    Nearer my god to thee
    I start making a deal
    Inspired by gravity
    If I did wrong I won't do it again
    'Cause I can be sweet and good and nice
    And if I had enemies their friends
    I'll hold to my life with the grip of a vice

    And I'm up on the airplane
    Nearer my god to thee
    I start making a deal
    Inspired by gravity

    That little spot on the ground is my hometown
    I like to call it my home and it's sweet
    I'd rather take a seat down there
    Than a throne up here up above 30,000 feet
    And I'm up on the airplane

    I never should have read my horoscope
    Or the fortune on the bubble strip
    Saying what you think won't happen will
    A great thing to read before a trip
    On an airplane

    Pilot says the big blue sky's like a swimming pool
    Big fluffy clouds like a feather bed
    I'd rather have a real pillow underneath my head
    Lying in my bed which is in my hometown
    Which is on the ground
    Far from an airplane
    (My bed my hometown)
    Far from an airplane
    (On the ground my bed my hometown)
    Far from an airplane
    (On the ground my bed my hometown)
    On the airplane
    (On the ground)
    (I'll be making a deal)
    On the airplane
    (On the ground)
    (I'll be making a deal)
    On the airplane
    (I'll be making a deal)
    (I'll be making a deal)
    (I'll be making a deal)

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    Nashville

    Lyrics

    As I drive
    From your pearly gates
    I realize that I just can't stay
    All those mountains
    They kept you locked inside
    And hid the truth
    From my slighted eyes

    I came to you with a half-open heart
    Dreams upon my back
    Illusions of a brand new start
    Nashville
    Can't I carry the load
    Is it my fault that
    I can't reap what I sow
    Nashville
    Did you give me half a chance
    With your southern style
    And your hidden dance away
    You dance away
    And you dance away

    All these voices
    They whisper through my walls
    They talk of falling fast
    They say I'm losing it all
    They say I'm running blind
    To love of my own
    But I'll be walking proud
    I'm saving what I still own

    I fell on my knees to kiss your land
    But you are so far down
    And I can't even see to stand
    In nashville
    You forgot the human race
    You see with half a mind
    What colors hide the face
    Nashville
    I'd like to know your fate
    I'd like to stay a while
    But I've seen your lowered states today
    I've seen 'em today
    Honey I swear I've seen 'em today

    Now I'm leaving
    I've got all these debts to pay
    You know we all have our dues
    I'll pay 'em some other place
    Ah I never ask that you pay me back
    We all arrive with more
    I left with less than I had

    Your town is made for people passing through
    A last chance for a cause
    I thought I knew
    But nashville
    You tell me what you are gonna do
    With all your southern style
    It'll never pull you through
    Nashville
    I can't place no blame
    But if you forget my face
    I'll never call your name again
    No never again
    No never again

    I fell on my knees to kiss your land
    But you are so far down
    And I can't even see to stand
    In nashville
    You forgot the human race
    You see with half a mind
    What colors hide the face
    Nashville
    I'd like to know your fate
    I'd like to stay a while
    But I've seen your lowered states today
    I've seen 'em today
    Honey I swear I've seen 'em today
    I'm running away I'm running away
    I'm running I'm running
    I'm running away

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    Let It Be Me

    Lyrics

    Sticks and stones
    Battle zones
    A single light bulb
    On a single thread for the black
    Sirens wail
    History fails
    Rose-colored glass
    Begins to age and crack
    While the politicians shadowbox
    The power ring
    In an endless split decision
    Never solve anything
    From a neighbor's distant land
    I heard the strain of the common man

    [Chorus]
    Let it be me
    (this is not a fighting song)
    Let it be me
    (not a wrong for a wrong)
    Let it be me
    If the world is night
    Shine my life like a light

    Well the world seems spent
    And the president
    Has no good idea
    Of who the masses are
    Well I'm one of them
    And I'm among friends
    We're trying to see beyond
    The fences in our own backyards
    I've seen the kingdoms blow
    Like ashes in the winds of change
    But the power of truth
    Is the fuel for the flame
    So the darker the ages get
    There's a stronger beacon yet

    [Chorus]

    In the kind word you speak
    In the turn of the cheek
    When your vision stays clear
    In the face of your fear
    Then you see turning out a light switch
    Is their only power
    When we stand like spotlights
    In a mighty tower
    All for one and one for all
    Then we sing the common call

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    Cedar Tree

    Lyrics

    You dug a well
    You dug it deep
    For every wife you buried
    You planted a cedar tree
    The best
    The best you ever had

    I stand where you stood
    I stand for bad or good
    And I am green and you are wood
    The best
    The best he ever had

    I dig a well
    I dig it deep
    And for my only love
    I plant a cedar tree
    The best
    The best we ever had

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    Live

    Three Hits

    Lyrics

    Three hits to the heart son
    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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    Love Will Come To You

    Lyrics

    Guess I wasn't the best one to ask
    Me myself with my face pressed
    Up against love's glass
    To see the shiny toy I've been hoping for
    The one I never could afford
    The wide world spins and spits turmoil
    And the nations toil for peace
    But the paws of fear upon your chest
    Only love can soothe that beast
    And my words are paper tigers
    No match for the predators of pain inside her

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    Where there's now one there will be two

    I was born under the sign of cancer
    (Love will come to you)
    Like brushing cloth I smooth the wrinkles for an answer
    (Love will come)
    I'm always closing my eyes and wishing I'm fine
    (I close my eyes and wish you fine)
    Even though I know I'm not this time
    (Even though I know your not this time)

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    Where there's now one there will be two

    Dodging your memories a field of knives
    Always on the outside looking in on other's lives

    I say love will come to you
    Hoping just because I spoke the words that they're true
    As if I offered up a crystal ball to look through
    (I have offered up to you)
    Where there's now one there will be two

    And I wish her insight to battle love's blindness
    Strength from the milk of human kindness
    A safe place for all the pieces that scattered
    Learn to pretend there's more than love that matters

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