Discography

Discography

Shaming Of The Sun

  • Release date: 1997-Apr-29
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Shaming of the Sun, sometimes mislabeled as Shaming the Sun, is the sixth studio album by Indigo Girls, released in 1997.

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    Shaming Of The Sun

    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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    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.

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    It's Alright

    Lyrics

    It's alright forty days of rain
    My skin stretched out from the growing pain
    It'd be nice to have an explanation
    But it's alright

    And it's alright if you hate that way
    Hate me cause I'm different
    You hate me cause i'm gay
    Truth of the matter come around one day
    It's alright

    I look at this lifeline stretched way all across my hand
    I look at the burned out empty like a plague across the land
    And for everything I learn there are two I don't understand
    That's while I'm still on a search
    Through the weather strewn church
    I'm doing the best that I can
    And it's alright

    And it's alright though we worry and fuss
    (Alright)
    We can't get over the hump or get over us
    (We can't get over us)
    It seems easier to push than to let go and trust
    (Alright)
    But it's alright

    When we get a little distant some things get clearer
    Yeah give em the space some hearts grow nearer
    I ran as hard as I could I still ended up here
    And it's alright

    As I look at this lifeline stretched way all across my hand
    (Lifeline all across my hand)
    I look at the fires of hatred
    (Fire)
    Burning up the bounty of this beautiful land
    (Burning up the land)
    I know that I'm small in a way but I know I'm strong
    And it's my thirst that brought me to the water
    Well I give it all up then she carries me on
    It's alright

    Yeah

    And it's alright if I feel afraid
    My plans in pieces
    My plans mislaid
    It's the will of the way
    (The will of the way)
    The will of the way
    (It's the will of the way)
    The will of the only way that could have brought me here today
    And it's alright

    And it's alright

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    Caramia

    Lyrics

    Caramia
    Blank notebook and a back pocket fade
    You used to mock me
    Sometimes I would cry
    When I was home later
    'Cause you hurt my feelings
    Why? Why? Why?
    (Why? Why? Why?)
    You said write it down in your notebook
    And I wanna be Harriet the spy
    And some say your genius
    Is in your madness
    Will you get better
    (Will you get better)
    And then will you leave us
    (Will you leave us)
    How you mixed with the darkness
    At such a young age
    (Until in your chemistry)
    Until in your chemistry
    (Silence and violence)
    Silence and violence
    (Silence and violence)
    Turned silence to rage
    Ahh

    Why are you dreamin' this
    One shoe off
    And a bridge to cross over
    And where is your taxi fare?
    Are you left by yourself
    Or left by your lover?
    (Are you left by your lover?)
    For three nights straight now
    I dream, I kept both of my shoes
    But I've forgotten my lines
    And I've misplaced my cues
    And there's a sea full of faces
    And a show to go on
    But I'm struck mute at entrance
    With nothing to draw from

    There were the secrets
    The big bang and the bigger joke
    You seem to know all of them
    That's why injustice makes you red with choke
    Yeah, but you love like you're desperate
    You don't know what love is
    (If there was one thing)
    And I thought if there was one thing I could give you
    One thing I could give you
    (If there was one thing)
    Well maybe it was this
    The head on the bed board
    (Sadness)
    The anguished repeat
    (Sadness)
    The sweat of our sadness
    (Sweat of our sadness)
    And the twist of the sheets
    (Twist of the sheets)
    I don't want whats best for you
    Where will I be when you've found it
    (Where will I, where will I)
    You know I pray a lot about these bad feelings inside
    (Where will I, where will I be)
    I can't pray my way through or around it

    Hey
    Why are you dreamin' this
    One shoe off
    And a bridge to cross over
    (And a bridge to cross over)
    And where is your taxi fare
    Are you left by yourself
    (Are you left)
    Or left by your lover?
    (By yourself)
    For three nights straight now
    (Left by your lover)
    You know I keep both of my shoes
    (I've got bad feelings inside)
    But I've forgotten my lines
    (I can't pray through)
    I've misplaced my cues
    (I can't pray my way around it)
    And there's a sea full of faces
    And a show to go on
    I'm struck mute at entrance
    With nothing to draw from
    Nothing to draw from

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    Don't Give That Girl A Gun

    Lyrics

    A jury of my peers
    I'm ready to be ritious
    Screaming in her ears
    I'm not dignified anymore
    You can't say I didn't call
    I say I love you
    She don't hear me anymore

    Don't give that girl a gun
    I said now don't give that girl a gun
    She's already won
    She's already won

    I made a bad connection
    She says "I would have stayed"
    I jumped ship abandoned my post
    I didn't think I lost my way
    But how the mighty falls
    I saw her crack a smile
    I don't got a chance of redemption
    She don't believe in the American mile

    So take the first shot baby
    It will be real clean
    I'm your girl-it's all me
    And take the second shot baby
    It'll be real cold
    I'm your girl

    Don't give that girl a gun
    I said now don't give that girl a gun
    She's already won
    She's already won

    Yeah

    Yeah

    I sing hold me closer
    Oh something's happening
    I can't belong again
    And I said I doubt we ever will
    Ever will again

    I said don't give that girl a gun
    I said now don't give that girl a gun
    She's already won, already won.

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    Leeds

    Lyrics

    It's dark at 4 pm in Leeds
    The steeples pierce the skylight till the last of it bleeds
    The absent sound of another day as it recedes
    Into the shadows
    Until it's nothing

    Fax papers slipped under the hotel room door
    Like food for the prisoner or the prospect to the whore
    Well fed and halfway drunk I ache myself for more
    Until I'm shadows of myself
    Until I'm nothing

    Sixteen black churches burning on the tv
    All the way from Texas to Tennessee
    And a politician locks my eye and says to me
    There is no crisis here
    There's no conspiracy

    I crave inertia every move made so I can stop
    Whatever this madness is in me spinning like a top
    On a bed of anxiety over a deep dark drop
    Down into nothingness
    Into without-you-ness

    Was it ever so the evil creep like ivy
    A toe hold on the stronger half of nature's dichotomy
    I'm beating back a path through nothing more than pure insistence
    Until here becomes
    The distance

    Hold my head love I'm sick tonight
    Find the open hole and press your fingers there with all your might
    Before the last ounce of my spirit bleeds
    Onto the pristine sheets
    Of the hotel bed in Leeds

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    Scooter Boys

    Lyrics

    Scooter boys and Argentinians
    Europe shed the blood of the Indians
    Here I sit in the land of plenty
    Crying about my own virginity

    Hey blue blood you're nothing new
    See I come from privilege too
    A chapter in the book on the Americas
    And your just another colonial terrorist

    Scooter boys and Argentinians
    Europe shed the blood of the Indians
    Here I sit in the land of plenty
    Crying about my own virginity

    Yeah
    Yeah

    Yeah
    Yeah

    Way down south where the Maya reign
    Zapata reading poetry in his grave
    They say we're stealing from the best
    To feed the poor
    Well they need more

    Scooter boys and Argentinians
    Europe shed the blood of the Indians
    Here I sit in the land of plenty
    Crying about my own virginity

    Yeah
    Yeah

    Oh

    Yeah
    Yeah

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    Everything In Its Own Time

    Lyrics

    Remember everything I told you
    Keep it in your heart like a stone
    And when the winds have blown things round and back again
    What was once your pain will be your home

    All around the table the white haired men have gathered
    Spilling their sons' blood like table wine
    Remember everything I told you
    Everything in its own time

    The music whispers you in urgency
    Hold fast to that languageless connection
    A thread of known that was unknown and unseen seen
    Dangling from inside the fifth direction

    Boys around the table mapping out their strategies
    Kings of mountains one day dust
    A lesson learned, a loving God, and things in their own time
    In nothing more do I trust

    But we own nothing, nothing is ours
    Not even love so fierce it burns like baby stars
    But this poverty is our greatest gift
    The weightlessness of us as things around begin to shift

    Remember everything I told you
    Keep it in your heart like a stone
    And when the winds have blown things round and back again
    What was once your pain will be your home

    Everything in its own time
    Everything in its own time

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    Cut It Out

    Lyrics

    Sitting in Darwins theory
    And you're down in the 48
    I'm practicing politics
    Your practicing guitar and staying out late
    How'd we get so turned around
    Why did we make it so hard
    Why can't we cut it out tender
    Give us something good to remember

    Hey my my my my rock star
    Saw your feet leave the ground
    You said all I wanted to be is loud
    I was ushering your friends in
    I was I was
    I was trying to clear the aisles
    How'd you get so turned around
    Why did you make it so hard
    Why can't you cut it out I'm tender
    Give me something good to remember

    I said
    Cut it out
    Cut it all out

    So it's Alaska in the summertime
    In the wintertime I'm free
    The days are short cold and wasted
    Nowhere is warm enough for me
    Baby you tell me what happened
    Why did I make it so hard
    Can't I cut it our you're tender
    Give you something good to remember

    Baby you tell me what happened
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    How did I make it so hard
    (Can you tell me what happened)
    I wonder
    Oh cut it out I'm tender
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    Give me something
    Give me something good to remember
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    (Can you tell me what happened)
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    (Can you tell me what happened)
    (Why did you make it so hard)
    (can you tell me what happened)
    (Why did we make it so hard)
    (Can you tell me what happened)

    I said
    Cut it out
    Cut it all out
    Cut it out
    Cut it all out

    Hey my my my rock star
    Cut it out
    How did we get so turned around
    Cut is all out
    Hey my my my rock star
    Cut it all out now
    Cut it all out now
    Hey my my my rock star
    How did we get so turned around
    Cut it all out now
    Cut it all out now
    Hey my my my rock star
    Cut it all out now
    Cut it all out now
    Hey my my my rock star
    How did we get so turned around
    Cut it all out now
    Cut it all out now
    Hey my my my
    Cut it all out

    Out

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    Burn All The Letters

    Lyrics

    I am sorry that I set my sights
    On the things I read
    Something meant for your husband
    Maybe you left it under the bed

    Once upon a love those words blew free and secret
    The pages lay around
    Drifted to the hands of the publisher
    And the greedy generations on down

    Burn all the letters
    (Someone is always watching)
    The government's on the phone
    (Whether openly or secretly)
    Burn all the letters
    (Now breathe life)
    Send them on
    (Into your story)
    To a safer home
    (I said burn it to secrecy)
    Burn all the letters
    Brand them in you before you go
    Soldiers are coming to plunder
    But there are some things they will never know

    We made our love out of dignity
    Dug our nails in the dirt
    (Hung our towel soaked souls out on the line)
    Hung our towel soaked souls out on the line
    We loved so hard that it hurt

    To ease my pain I took a pen and paper
    Incarnate came the bleeding
    Send it back before the public eye
    Perverts it in the reading

    And burn all the letters
    (Someone is always watching)
    Ah the government's on the phone
    (Whether openly or secretly)
    Burn all the letters
    (Now breathe life)
    Send them on back
    (Into your story)
    To a safer home
    (I said burn it to secrecy)
    Burn all the letters
    Brand them in you before you go
    The soldiers coming to plunder
    But there are some things they will never know

    Burn all the letters
    Ah the government's on the phone
    On the phone
    Burn all the letters
    (All the letters)
    Send them on to a safer home
    (Send them on to a safer home)
    Burn all the letters
    To you
    And you to
    To me
    Coming to take what they can
    They cannot read
    What they cannot see

    Mmm

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    Hey Kind Friend

    Lyrics

    Hey kind friend
    I don't know when I'll see you again
    On a ferry boat bound to Victoria
    Laying down to hide from the wind

    Big dipper hangin' over the city
    You know everything now is different for me
    And it ain't no use in
    Explainin' the scenery

    I said
    Kind friend
    Help me forget where I been
    Kind friend
    Remember who I am

    I was too late in Spokane
    So I caught a ride through the cascade range
    I saw the sun die in Olympia
    Running down on capital lake

    Now I ask you for some relief
    It's one true root that you bring to me
    It's 3 am
    And it's good company

    I said
    Hey kind friend
    Help me forget where I been
    Hey kind friend
    Help me remember who I am

    Hey kind friend
    Don't know if I'm gonna see you again
    It's okay friend
    It's okay friend

    (It's so hard when they all have)

    So I'll meet you in New Orleans or I'll see you around
    'Cause I don't know if it's worth coming down
    Hey I'm calling you
    From a gold rush town

    And I say
    Hey kind friend
    Help me forget where I've been
    Hey kind friend
    Help me remember who I am

    Hey kind friend
    I don't know if I'm gonna see you again
    It's ok friend
    I'm ok friend

    I said I'm ok friend
    I'm ok friend

    (See ya later)

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