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Discography

Staring Down The Brilliant Dream

  • Release date: 2010-Jun-29
  • Label: IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard/Concord Music Group

Staring Down the Brilliant Dream is a live album by Indigo Girls, released June 29, 2010. The album features contributions from Brandi Carlile, Michelle Malone, Trina Meade, A Fragile Tomorrow, Jill Hennessy, and Julie Wolf.

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    Heartache For Everyone

    Lyrics

    You spent five years saying you'd come my way
    Well that's a little more waiting than a heart can take
    Yeah but now that I know it's just a fantasy
    I feel a hard time coming around for me

    I said oh
    Oh oh
    Oh oh
    There's a heartache for everyone
    Oh oh
    Oh oh
    There's a heartache for everyone

    I spent two years saying give me a chance
    (oh oh oh)
    Yeah clean it all up and I'll take your hand
    (oh oh oh)
    But not forever it was understood
    (oh oh oh)
    Yeah but just for a while, it would do us some good (oh oh oh)

    I said oh
    (I'm waiting)
    Oh oh
    (to restore)
    Oh oh
    (my love)
    There's a heartache for everyone
    (I'm waiting)
    Oh oh
    (to restore)
    Oh oh
    (my faith)
    There's a heartache for everyone
    I'll wait for you until I know
    There's a heartache for everyone

    Hey valentine I'm just a stumbling around
    Who knew that Paris was such a lonely town
    I'll meet you at the bridge where we wanted to kiss
    Or take the high road and be done with this

    Hey valentine I'm just a stumbling around
    Who knew that Paris was such a lonely town
    I'll meet you at the bridge where we wanted to kiss
    Or take the high road and be done with this

    I'll give you six more weeks baby just in case
    You can change your mind, you won't be replaced
    Are we looking at a lifetime of regret
    (are we looking at a lifetime of regret)
    Or just the one little moment that I'll never forget
    (or just the one little moment that we'll never forget)

    I said oh
    (I'm waiting)
    Oh oh
    (to restore)
    Oh oh
    (my love)
    There's a heartache for everyone
    (I'm waiting)
    Oh oh
    (to restore)
    Oh oh
    (my faith)
    There's a heartache for everyone
    I'll wait for you until I know
    There's a heartache for everyone
    I'll wait for you until I know
    There's a heartache for everyone

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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.
    Close

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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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    Come On Home

    Lyrics

    Dark clouds are comin' like an army
    Soon the sky will open up and disarm me
    You will go just like you've gone before
    One sad soldier off to war, enemies that only you can see.

    Dishes stacked, the table cleared
    It's always like the scene of the last supper here
    You speak so cryptically that's not news to me
    The flood is here it will carry you
    And I've got work to do.

    Come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
    But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
    Come back here and shut the door
    I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles.

    There is fire there is lust
    Some will trade it all for someone they could trust
    There's a bag of silver for a box of nails
    It's so simple the betrayal
    Though it's known to change the world and what's to come.

    Just come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
    But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
    Don't you recognize them anymore
    I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles.

    There's the given and the expected
    I count my blessings while I eye what I've neglected
    Is this for better is this for worse
    You're all jammed up and the dam's about to burst.

    I hear the owl in the night
    I realize that some things never are made right
    By some will we string together here
    Days to months and months to years
    What if everything we have adds up to nothing.

    Come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
    But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
    Come back here and shut the door
    I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles.

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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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    Cold Beer And Remote Control

    Lyrics

    All of my days have been misspent
    Stuffing out the sofa and the antenna's bent
    Inside my heart's bustin' out at the seams
    I work for the impossible american dream

    I got a job at the grocery store
    A few bucks an hour and not much more
    The world comes in just to take things away
    They eat it all up and then they sleep into day

    I try not to care I would lose my mind
    Running 'round the same thing time after time
    Only two things bound to soothe my soul
    Cold beer and remote control

    Now once upon a time I was nobody's fool
    (once upon a fool)
    Two jobs and showing up for school
    I guess it comes apart so little by little
    You don't know your there till your stuck in the middle
    I try not to care I would lose my mind
    Running 'round the same thing time after time
    And only two things bound to soothe my soul
    Cold beer and remote control

    Sit down
    (sit down sit down)
    The room is dark
    (the room is dark)
    The blurry graffiti on the benches
    Across at the public park
    The plastic's black and buttoned
    (the plastic's black)
    The haze is blue
    (the haze is blue)
    And all I want is nothing to do

    'cause it's a long walk to the bus stop
    It's a long wait for the turning clock
    It's a two-tired car sitting up on the blocks
    And things I put aside like that pile of rocks

    I try not to care I would lose my mind
    Running 'round the same thing time after time
    And only two things bound to soothe my soul
    Cold beer and remote control

    Yes I try not to care I would lose my mind
    (all of my days have been misspent)
    Running round the same thing time after time
    (stuffing out the sofa and the antennas bent)
    And only two things bound to soothe my soul
    (inside my hearts busting out at the seams)
    Cold beer and remote control
    (i work for the impossible american dream)
    Yeah

    Cold beer and remote control
    (i said I guess it comes apart so little by little yeah)
    Yeah
    Beer and remote control
    (i said I guess it comes apart so little by little yeah)
    Yeah

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    Moment Of Forgiveness

    Lyrics

    Well I guess that I was lonely
    That's why I called you on the phone
    Cause in a moment of forgiveness
    I didn't want to be alone

    And I guess that I was willin
    More than I ever was before
    Cause in a moment of forgiveness
    I come a knockin at your door

    Baby I woke up crying last night
    Just to realize that you were gone
    Has it been two long years without you
    Tell me now
    When are you gonna come home

    Guess that I was hoping
    That you'd finally understand
    And in a moment of forgiveness
    You'd reach out and take my hand

    Now baby I know
    Your not one for bearing witness
    (baby I know)
    And you told me that
    One wrong move is gonna sell you out
    (one wrong move)
    And I see that you kept your word
    (see that you kept your word)
    And made it harder than it had to be
    Wish I could save you the trouble baby
    (oh oh oh)
    Give you a little piece of mind

    Baby I woke up crying last night
    Just to realize that you were gone
    It's been two long years without you
    When are you gonna come home

    Guess that I was hoping
    That you'd finally understand
    And in a moment of forgiveness
    You'd reach out and take my hand

    And in a moment of forgiveness
    You'd reach out and take my hand

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    Fill It Up Again

    Lyrics

    Won't have you see me as your sad sack
    Lost my something and I can't get it back
    Or a kill on your trophy rack
    I checked my schedule now my train is rolling down a track
    Past the sadness of the salt flats
    To the prospect of the land fat
    Or just a lazy orange house cat
    On the sofa where I'll be put up
    You've been the hole in my sky, my shrinking water supply
    Before my well runs dry
    I'm going round round round the bend
    Fill it up again

    I'd like to say that it was clear to me
    Love triangle geometry
    But in the end it's still a mystery
    The placement of affection and the disarray
    I gathered up the courage that it took
    Made that bed and took one last look
    And you could hear the pages flapping in the wind blown
    Book of my days, my days
    One tank gone second thoughts are on my mind
    What's this trip gonna cost me this time
    The devil I know is starting to look awfully kind
    But the new road is an old friend
    I fill it up again

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    Sugar Tongue

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fly Away

    Lyrics

    Fly away little bird
    Any place in this open mouthed world
    Begs to be fed like a bed that beckons you, but you won't rest
    Everyone's got a need to go
    Most of us stick with our row to hoe
    But not you, you're the black crow
    With a straight line, and no time
    For the birds of prey who wreck your nest
    Twice your size steal your best
    They set you on this course of your collision
    I am a stop along your way
    I am the words you'll never say
    I crossed the great beyond of fear
    I opened my eyes and saw us there, what a view
    You went there too
    Fly away little bird
    Find the song in you that no one's heard
    Strenghthen your wings as you sing your solo flight
    Through this short life
    Everyone's got a deep regret
    We try to ground ourselves to forget
    But your race to the end is neck and neck
    You love them, you love them not
    The birds of prey who wreck your nest,
    Twice your size steal your best
    They set you on this course of your collision
    I am a stop along your way
    I am the words you'll never say
    I crossed the great beyond of fear
    Opened my eyes and saw us there, what a view
    And you went there too
    But all along your chosen path are
    Window panes and sheets of glass
    That you won't see
    You fly too fast
    One day it will be over
    Fly away little bird
    The saddest song I ever heard
    Was the one that I wrote you in my heart
    That never made it to the world

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    Ozilline

    Lyrics

    "he did, he observed Saturday as the sabbath"
    "what, what kind of faith does that make him?"
    "Uh, he didn't have one"
    "oh, O-K"
    "He didn't believe in any one thing,
    he would go out on the street and all the kids would play the
    with a drum like thing, some kind of an instrument, yeah,
    and mama played the organ.
    she had a organ and she played that and she got a real big kick out of it."

    Oh Ozilline
    The moon is almost full
    And you don't need a torchlight
    To see into these woods
    Now sister bring the medicine
    To keep you from decline
    But it's the waxing and the waining
    That's always on your mind

    [Chorus]
    I said, oh Ozilline
    (Oh Ozilline)
    I feel for you
    I said, oh Ozilline
    (Oh Ozilline)
    I feel for you

    As soon as the corn's in
    The deer will come to feed
    And when the berry ripens
    The bird will come to eat
    You build by the river
    It's pretty but you'll pay
    'Cause the springtime brings the flood plain
    And your cutbank washes away

    [Chorus]

    I had to put the dog down
    Before I hit the road
    Yeah I watched that sweet old life
    Become a bag of bones
    So when you're body's broken
    And your heart wants to give in
    And you hear that hoot owl callin'
    Just like she was a friend

    [Chorus]

    I said Ozilline she don't let you cry
    If you ask her where it hurts
    I said Ozilline she don't let you cry
    If you ask her where it hurts
    She said what a blessed sky

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    Don't Think Twice It's All Right

    Lyrics

    It ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
    It don't matter, anyhow
    An' it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
    If you don't know by now
    When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
    Look out your window and I'll be gone
    You're the reason I'm trav'lin' on
    Don't think twice, it's all right

    It ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
    That light I never knowed
    An' it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
    I'm on the dark side of the road
    Still I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
    To try and make me change my mind and stay
    We never did too much talkin' anyway
    So don't think twice, it's all right

    It ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
    Like you never did before
    It ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
    I can't hear you any more
    I'm a-thinkin' and a-wond'rin' all the way down the road
    I once loved a woman, a child I'm told
    I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
    But don't think twice, it's all right

    I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road, babe
    Where I'm bound, I can't tell
    But goodbye's too good a word, gal
    So I'll just say fare thee well
    I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
    You could have done better but I don't mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time
    But don't think twice, it's all right

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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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    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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    Salty South

    Lyrics

    Mister pull up a chair
    I got time for tears
    Tell me all the stories that you never did
    Of the salty south
    The Seminoles held out
    While Geronimo died in a lonely jail

    A thousand tides, and
    A thousand waves
    Takin' it all away

    It'll come back in
    We'll be gone by then
    And it's a miracle we ever learned to live

    Drain that land
    For a better plan
    Sugarcane and the civil man
    But now the ringin' dead them pines
    Planted in that time
    We gonna keep on killin' till they get it right

    A thousand tides, and
    A thousand waves
    Takin' it all away

    It'll come back in
    We'll be gone by then, oh
    And it's a miracle we ever learned to live

    I remember the wind
    As it was settlin'
    And every sun goin' down was a picture then
    But we look back at 'em framed
    They all look the same
    There's no sense of time, no sense of pain

    A thousand tides, and
    A thousand waves
    Takin' it all away

    And it'll come back in
    We'll be gone by then, oh
    And it's a miracle we ever learned to give

  18. Play

    The Wood Song

    Lyrics

    The thin horizon of a plan is almost clear
    My friends and I have had a tough time
    Bruising our brains hard up against change
    All the old dogs and the magician
    Now I see we're in the boat in two by twos
    Only the heart that we have for a tool we could use
    And the very close quarters are hard to get used to
    Love weighs the hull down with its weight
    But the wood is tired and the wood is old
    And we'll make it fine if the weather holds
    But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
    That's where I need to go

    No way construction of this tricky plan
    Was built by other than a greater hand
    With a love that passes all out understanding
    Watching closely over the journey
    Yeah but what it takes to cross the great divide
    Seems more than all the courage I can muster up inside
    Although we get to have some answers when we reach the other side
    The prize is always worth the rocky ride
    But the wood is tired and the wood is old
    And we'll make it fine if the weather holds
    But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
    That's where I need to go

    Sometimes I ask to sneak a closer look
    Skip to the final chapter of the book
    And then maybe steer us clear from some of the pain it took
    To get us where we are this far yeah
    But the question drowns in it's futility
    And even I have got to laugh at me
    No one gets to miss the storm of what will be
    Just holding on for the ride
    The wood is tired and the wood is old
    We'll make it fine if the weather holds
    But if the weather holds we'll have missed the point
    That's where I need to go

  19. Play

    Three County Highway

    Lyrics

    I drive a three county highway
    And every one of them town's . got a firework show
    It's 4th of July and I'm just now getting home,
    On the horizon I can see them all unfold

    It's been a warm winter and a cold spring
    Everywhere I've been has felt wrong to me
    Everything I kept
    What i never should have thrown away
    I wanted you for all those yesterdays

    I was wishing for you one Sunday morning
    Walkin down the road in some debtor's town
    From every church a hymn came blendin' in
    and everyone of them wantin' to be found

    Did you say it took a long time to find
    a lot less man and less harm done?
    Did you say it took a long time to find
    a handsome one to keep you young?

    One day I'm gonna make it up to you,
    one day we're gonna laugh instead of cry.
    One day I'm coming home to stay, it's true,
    and baby, that's the last ticket I'm ever gonna buy.

    It's been a warm winter and a cold spring,
    everywhere I've been has felt wrong to me.
    So put your head on my heart and lay down in the crook of my arm.
    Everything's okay, I've been found once again,
    I've been found again.

  20. Play

    Digging For Your Dream

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. Play

    Rock And Roll Heaven's Gate

    Lyrics

    It didn't happen for you,
    no one wants to hear the truth,
    coming from three political queers.
    Plucking the punk rock bloom.

    So you break up the band
    and leave us all in tow.
    Now we gotta figure out
    where to go.

    I caught it at a rave
    Did it give you vaccination?
    I saw it on my T.V.
    Did it lighten up your load?
    And every fuckin D.J.
    Did you feel affilliated,
    Is telling me I'm free.
    like you really had a home?

    Free to be a loser
    Were the ticket prices too high?
    Free to be a trend
    Were the lights too bright?
    Free to be a backlash over and over again.
    Was it all a bunch of hype?

    You say, "I'm losing inspiration,
    one band at a time.
    I gotta know there's someone, somewhere, out there singing for our side."

    Where I come up, we share the mortar and the glue.
    And what we build together, we share that too.
    And the wind may come, and the rain may fall,
    but we stand together or we don't stand at all.
    Where are you going to now,
    now that the goings gone?

    So here's to your survival
    and swimming up the stream,
    crossing over one dam after another
    until we get to Rock and Roll Heaven's gate.

    I caught it at a rave
    Did it give you vaccination?
    I saw it on the T.V.
    Did it lighten up your load?
    And every fucking D.J.
    Did you feel affiliated,
    Is telling me I'm free.
    Like you really had a home?

    Free to be a loser
    Were the ticket prices too high?
    Free to be a trend
    Were the lights too bright?
    Free to be a backlash over and over
    until I get to Rock and Roll Heaven's gate.

  22. Play

    I Believe In Love

    Lyrics

    When we tried to rework all of this
    Each to her rendition
    Painted ourselves in a corner
    Lost for ideas blindly fishing
    For a compliment or kindness
    Just to bring us into view
    But you could not interpret me and I could not interpret you

    I remember that cold morning when the trees were black with birds
    I tried to make out some connection
    We were at a loss for words
    After all that we've been through
    I could not see giving up
    Despite the picture of our coffee growing colder in the cups

    I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
    And the way that I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
    I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
    And I believe in you and I believe in love

    So we went rolling on down through the years
    Taking time off we could steal
    Until the thief of things unreconciled
    Stuck it's stick into the wheel
    Now we're tumbling in a freefall
    No one's gonna go unscathed
    But it's not because you held back and its not how I behaved

    I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
    And the way that I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
    I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
    I believe in you and I believe in love

    There are avenues and supplements and books stacked on the shelf
    Labyrinths of recovery in search of our best self
    But most of what will happen now is way out of our hands
    So just let it go and see where it lands

    I want to say that underneath it all you are my friend
    And the way that I fell for you I'll never fall that way again
    I still believe despite our differences that what we have's enough
    I believe in you and I believe in love
    I believe in you and I believe in love

  23. Play

    Fugitive

    Lyrics

    I'm harboring a fugitive
    Defector of a kind
    And she lives in my soul
    Drinks of my wine
    And I'd give my last breath
    To keep us alive

    Are they coming for us
    With cameras or guns
    We don't know which
    But we gotta run
    And you say this is not
    What I bargained for

    So hide yourself for me
    All for me

    We swore to ourselves
    We'd go to the end of the world
    But I got caught up in the whirl
    And the twirl of it all
    A day in the sun
    Dancing alone
    Baby I'm so sorry

    Now it's coming to you
    The lessons I've learned
    Won't do you any good
    You've got to get burned
    Well the curse and the blessing
    They're one in the same
    Baby it's all
    Such a treacherous gain

    Hide yourself for me
    I said hide yourself for me
    All for me

    I stood without clothes
    Danced in the sand
    I was aching with freedom
    And kissing the damned
    I said remember this
    As how it should be

    Oh baby I said
    It's all in our hands
    Got to learn to respect
    What we don't understand
    We are fortunate ones
    Fortunate ones
    I swear

    Hide yourself for me
    I will hide myself for you
    All for you
    (I will hide)
    All for you
    (Myself for you)
    I will hide myself for you
    All for you

    I stood without clothes
    I danced in the sand
    I was aching with freedom
    Kissing the damned
    I said remember this
    Is how it should be

  24. Play

    Cordova

    Lyrics

    The volunteers come for your prayers
    And some souvenirs,
    With ivory skin and boycott lessons
    Year after year.

    [Chorus]
    Well I'm tracing your face up in the space of the bottom bunk,
    Oh Cordova.
    Where I cried and I cried,
    I knew I was trading on things that I didn't have,
    The things that I didn't have.

    Now you come to me
    With revolution's infidelity,
    With blacklisted friends and Tupperware kin,
    And your big history.

    [Chorus]

    I memorize the lullabies
    Of dwindling lives.
    The lay of the land, the touch of each hand
    We lose by and by.

    [Chorus]

  25. Play

    What Are You Like

    Lyrics

    I canvas you to color this in
    There's no gas left in the tank
    You've always got your engines running

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. Play

    Second Time Around

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. Play

    Love Our Lives

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. Play

    Become You

    Lyrics

    I heard you sing a rebel song
    Sung it loud and all alone
    We can't afford the things you save
    We can't afford the warranty

    Well I see you walking in the glare
    Down the county road we share
    Our southern blood my heresy
    Damn that ol' confederacy

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become the thing
    I am to you
    And you won't
    Tear it apart
    Without a fight
    Without a heart

    I'm sorry for what you've learned
    (learned)
    When you feel the tables turn
    To run so hard in your race
    (race)
    Now you found who set the pace

    The landed aristocracy
    Exploiting all your enmity
    All your daddies fought in vain
    Leave you with the mark of Cain

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become the thing
    I am to you
    And you won't
    Tear it apart
    Without a fight
    Without a heart

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become you
    Become you

    The center holds so they say
    (it never held too well for me)
    It never held too well for me
    (the center holds so they say)
    I won't stop short for common ground
    (that vilifies the trodden down)
    That vilifies the trodden down
    (i won't stop)

    The center held the bonded slave
    For the sake of industry
    (ah)
    The center held the bloody hand
    Of the executioner man
    (ah)

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become the thing
    I am to you
    And you won't
    Tear it apart
    Without a fight
    Without a heart

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become you
    Become you

    It took a
    Long time to
    Become you
    Become you

  29. Play

    Prince Of Darkness

    Lyrics

    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark

    I don't know when I noticed life was life at my expense
    The words of my heart lined up like prisoners on a fence
    The dreams came in like needy children tugging at my sleeve
    I said I have no way of feeding you, so leave
    But there was a time I asked my father for a dollar
    And he gave it a ten dollar raise
    And when I needed my mother and I called her
    She stayed with me for days
    Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
    Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
    Someones got his finger on the button in some room
    No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
    But I tried to make this place my place
    I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
    Yeah but Ill tell you
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    (by grace, my sight grows stronger)
    And I do not feel the romance I will not be
    (and I will not be a pawn for the prince of darkness any longer)

    Maybe there's no haven in this world for tender age
    My heart beat like the wings of wild birds in a cage
    My greatest hope my greatest cause to grieve
    And my heart flew from its cage and it bled upon my sleeve
    Oh the cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing
    I couldn't hear them for the thunder
    I was half the naked distance between hell and heavens ceiling
    And he almost pulled me under
    Now someones on the telephone, desperate in his pain
    Someones on the bathroom floor doing her cocaine
    Someones got his finger on the button in some room
    No one can convince me we aren't gluttons for our doom
    But I tried to make this place my place
    I asked for providence to smile upon me with his sweet face
    But Ill tell you
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark
    (by grace, my sight grows stronger)
    And I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark
    (grows stronger)
    By grace
    (my place is of the sun)
    My sight
    (and this place is of the dark)
    Is growing stronger
    (I do not feel the romance)
    I will not be a pawn
    (I will not be)
    For the prince of darkness any longer

  30. Play

    Tether

    Lyrics

    Whatever it was, is wasn't manumission
    To spill the blood, to pull the weed
    You can bury the past, but it's a mausoleum
    With the ghost of a fist that won't let us be

    Can we bring it together,
    Can we call from the mountain to the valley below?
    Can we make it better
    Do we tether the hawk, do we tether the dove?

    I kicked up the dirt, and I said to my neighbor
    "We keep making it worse, we keep getting it wrong"
    He tucked in his shirt, he stood a little bit straighter,
    He said "We need a few less words dear, we need a few more guns."

    But will it bring us together,
    Can we call from the mountain to the valley below?
    Can we make it better
    Do we tether the hawk, do we tether the dove?

    Enduring love
    Why so much and so strong, beyond this short existence?
    So don't be still
    You say there's a long line behind you
    And it's hardly worth the mentioning
    But I will

    Cause we may flicker and fade,
    But we never will be through with this
    I see this world battered but not broken
    There's a fallow heart, it's waiting on a sowing hand
    You can grow what you want, But one day it's gonna rise up
    So plant what you need to make a better stand

    And we'll bring it together
    And we'll call from the mountain to the valley below.
    And we'll make it better
    Let go of the hawk, we let go of the dove.

    I sing to you, all you true believers
    With the strength to see this and not be still.
    I'm telling you now, find the hope that feeds you,
    Don't let 'em bleed you of your will.

  31. Play

    Wild Horses

    Lyrics

    Childhood living
    Is easy to do
    The things you wanted
    Well, I bought them for you

    And graceless lady
    You know who I am
    You know I can't let you
    Ah, slide through my hands

    Wild horses
    Couldn't drag me away
    Wild, wild horses
    Couldn't drag me away

    I watched you suffer
    A dull aching pain
    Now you've decided
    To show me the same

    No sweeping exits
    Or offstage lines
    Can make me feel bitter
    Or treat you unkind

    Wild horses
    Couldn't drag me away
    Wild, wild horses
    Couldn't drag me away

    I know I dreamed you
    A sin and a lie
    I have my freedom
    But I don't have much time

    Faith has been broken
    Tears must be cried
    Come on let's do some living
    After we die

    Wild horses
    Couldn't drag me away
    Wild, wild horses
    We'll ride them someday

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