Discography

Discography

Strange Fire

  • Release date: 1987-May-01
  • Label: Indigo Records

Strange Fire is the first full-length album by folk rock duo Indigo Girls. It was originally released independently on Indigo Records in Canada with eleven tracks. Epic Records signed the duo in 1988, and after their eponymous second album became a commercial success in early 1989, Epic re-released this album in the United States with a different running order, two tracks removed, and a new track (a folk cover of the 1960s hit “Get Together”) added. The Epic version was remastered and reissued in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

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    Strange Fire

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

    Fire
    Fire

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

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

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    Crazy Game

    Lyrics

    Crazy game
    I never should have started to play
    But now you couldn't tear me away
    Love is sweet sweet baby
    So good to you
    And so bad
    And I fear
    The situations clear before my eyes
    Confusion wants to break me and it tries
    I've been a little bit stronger from the start
    Listen to my heart

    Cause if you're ever believing
    I'm thinking of leaving
    Look to the moon
    Cause it's a fact
    She may go wandering about
    But she always comes shining back
    And it's true
    I'll wait for you

    You dry your tears
    Don't be thinking grey is here to stay
    Sometimes everything is in the way
    You're wanting to look at it
    Turn your view around
    Dry your eyes
    Eyes like yours should carry a smile
    I haven't seen them sparkle in a while
    Give it one more try
    Dry your eyes

    Cause if you're ever believing
    I'm thinking of leaving
    Look to the moon
    Cause it's a fact
    She may go wandering about
    But she always comes shining back
    And it's true
    I'll wait for you

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    Left Me A Fool

    Lyrics

    Everybody loves you and they want to know your story
    You go riding out a mystery concealed in all your glory
    But when it comes to flesh and bones you remind me of Shalot
    Only made of shadows even though you're not

    I remember how I spent all my energy and time
    With affected conversation trying to pry inside your mind
    You are as brilliant as truth and empty as a shell
    And I came to you one night and it made me feel like hell

    Oh, to reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

    Everybody loves a hero an image to create
    Antithesis of everything inside theirselves they hate
    But you'd better close your eyes when it's time for them to die
    Cause you'd hate to think the life we built upon them was a lie

    Oh, to reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

    I resign myself to silence I will never blow your cover
    No one ever has to know who the hero took for lover
    But it comes to mind as you blaze on as brilliant as a star
    How many you've left behind, how many casualties there are

    To reach through all your surface
    Just to find an empty pool
    And to suffer all your pride as I lay down by your side
    And you swallowed up my heart and left me a fool
    Left me a fool

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    I Don't Wanna Know

    Lyrics

    Well you followed me this far
    Did you find out what's inside
    Can you tell me what I'm doing
    Is it something I should hide
    I don't know for sure
    I don't wanna find out what I left there for

    I'm not scared and I'm not lonely
    Saving all my money or my breath
    I'm not looking for an answer
    Or anyone to second guess no

    You told me all your secrets
    And I filled you up with lies
    Now I'm living honestly
    Because I said goodbye
    I can't go home anymore
    I don't wanna find out what I left there for

    I'm not scared and I'm not lonely
    Saving all my money or my breath
    I'm not looking for an answer
    I'm not asking anyone to second guess

    I was losing all my senses
    I was losing all control
    It was getting so offensive
    Now you want me back for more
    And I just won't go

    If you think you know the answers
    You've got a lot of gall
    Cause it gives you satisfaction
    Knowing nothing at all
    I don't care anymore
    And I don't wanna find out what I left there for
    What I left there for

    I'm not scared and I'm not lonely
    Saving all my money or my breath
    I'm not looking for an answer
    I'm not asking anyone to take a second guess no

    I'm not scared and I'm not lonely
    Saving all my money or my breath yeah
    I'm not looking for an answer
    I'm not asking anyone to take a second guess no
    Take a second guess yeah
    Take a second guess yeah
    (Hey)
    Take a second guess yeah
    (Hey)
    Take a second guess yeah
    Take a second guess
    (I can't talk to you)
    Take a second guess
    (Yeah, yeah I know)
    Take a second guess
    (Well I gotta go okay)
    Take a second guess
    Take a second guess
    (Over one billion served)
    Take a second guess
    Oh yeah

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    Hey Jesus

    Lyrics

    Hey Jesus, it's me.
    I don't usually talk to you,
    But my baby's gonna leave me and there's something you must do.
    And I am not your faithful servant;
    I hang around sometimes with a bunch of your black sheep,
    But if you make my baby stay I'll make it up to you;
    And that's a promise I will keep.

    Hey Jesus, it's me.
    I'm the one that talked to you yesterday.
    I asked you please, please, for a favor.
    But my baby's gone away,
    Went away, anyway,
    And I don't really think it's fair.
    You got the power to make us all believe in you,
    And when we call you in our despair
    You don't come through.

    Hey Jesus, it's me. I'm sorry,
    I don't remember all I said;
    I had a few, no, too many,
    And they went straight to my head,
    And made me feel like I could argue with God.
    But you know it's easy for you, you got friends all over the world,
    You had the whole world waiting for your birth,
    But now I ain't got nobody.
    I don't know what my life's worth,
    'Cause when I die and I get up to your doors
    I don't even know if you're going to let me in the place.
    How come I gotta die to get a chance to talk with you,
    Face to face

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    Get Together

    Lyrics

    Love is but a song we sing
    And fear's the way we die
    You can make the mountains ring
    Or make the angels cry

    Though the bird is on the wing
    You may not know why
    Come on people now
    Smile on your brother

    Everybody get together
    Try to love one another right now
    Some may come and some may go
    We will surely pass

    When the one that left us here
    Returns for us at last
    We are but a moment's sunlight
    Fading in the grass yeah

    Come on people now
    Smile on your brother
    Everybody get together
    Try to love one another right now

    Come on people now
    Smile on your brother
    Everybody get together
    Try to love one another right now

    If you hear the song we sing
    You will understand
    You hold the key to love and fear
    All in your trembling hand

    Just one key unlocks them both
    It's there at your command
    Come on people now
    Smile on your brother

    Everybody get together
    Try to love one another right now
    Come on people now
    Smile on your brother

    Everybody get together
    Try to love one another right now
    Try to love one another right now
    Try to love one another right now

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    Walk Away

    Lyrics

    We use to walk in each other arms
    "It was one on one," that's what you said
    Now the moon is a sliver in our eye
    We stumble bleeding on this broken glass

    There was too much repetition
    (Over and over and over again)
    You know we're past the point of sane
    (Over and over and over again)
    All this broken glass you left behind
    Won't let you make a clean, clean
    I said walk away

    Now we're crossing from the sacred ground
    Where we once held each other, and each other's names
    And the words are sparse, and we feel so profound
    But babe you know all I feel, honey I feel so ashamed

    Ah because there was, there was too much repetition
    Ah you know you know you know
    You know we're past the point of sane
    Ah oh
    All this broken glass we left behind
    It won't let us make a clean, clean
    I said walk away
    Ah yeah walk away
    Oh no walk away
    Baby, baby walk away
    Ah oh
    I said walk away
    Walk away
    Oh no walk away
    Baby baby walk away

    There was a time when we gave everything
    And it was true babe, true enough to bleed
    (True enough to bleed baby)
    But now you feel that you've got nothing left
    If there's nothing to lose babe
    Ah babe don't you know by now
    Then there's nothing to gain
    Ah no walk away
    Ah no walk away
    Oh baby baby walk away

    You know I'd still hold you if I could
    It's hard not to try and change, try to change your mind
    I'm a pillar of salt and I want you to understand me
    'Cause honey this is the last time, it's the last time
    I ever look behind
    Ah yeah walk away
    Ah no walk away
    Baby baby walk away
    All right
    Let's go

    Ah I said walk away
    Ah yeah walk away
    Ah no walk away
    Baby baby walk away
    Ah no I said walk away
    (Don't you know we used to walk?)
    Come on now baby walk away
    (In each others arms)
    I said close your eyes walk away
    (Hand in hand)
    Baby baby try to listen to me I want to tell you
    (That's what you said to be baby yeah)
    Now walk away
    (Now the moon)
    Ah yeah walk away
    (Is a sliver in our eyes?)
    Try to learn to look inside walk away
    (And we stumble)
    Baby baby baby baby baby baby
    (Walking on broken glass)
    I said walk away come on now baby
    Walk away
    I said listen to me
    Walk away baby baby
    Now I've got something that I want to tell you
    Walk away
    Ah no walk away
    Ah baby
    I said you've got to know by now
    Come on baby

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    Make It Easier

    Lyrics

    I'm in search of greener pastures
    Don't like my garden's what I said
    Although I'm working harder than last year
    I'm still deep in the red
    I am rowing as hard as I can
    And they're selling me up a stream
    I'm always one more step away
    From the american dream

    I got a chip on my shoulder
    About the size of a mental block
    I've got someone on the telephone
    Trying to sell me a future in stock
    Maybe I work too hard to be happy
    And I should practice letting go
    But it's hard not to rock the boat
    When you're sailing against the undertow

    [Chorus]
    I want to slide into the black
    And wear the black mask
    I might not get what I lack
    But it doesn't hurt to ask
    If I want to sail
    I need my life to be breezier
    I said please god or someone
    Make it easier

    I went to Sunday school every Sunday
    Swallowed the bait and I got the hook
    When I needed something someday
    I would read the good book
    Tell me what does it take to get ahead
    Sometimes I know I'd sell my soul
    When it looks like everybody else is flying
    And I'm crawling in the hole

    Well maybe if I open my own business
    Maybe if I buy a lottery ticket
    Someone tell me what is the secret
    To getting out of the thicket
    Give me more than just a sample
    I need a whole lot of glory
    My life become an example
    Of the american success story

    [Chorus: x2]

    Make it easier
    Make it easier

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    You Left It Up To Me

    Lyrics

    When I let you go
    I cursed myself, with empty hands.
    Strong enough to watch you walk,
    But not enough to understand.
    With spiteful eyes you burn for my grace.
    I was trying to stand outside of this.
    You were trying to save face.

    You can say that I don't care.
    I don't care.
    You can hope that we still
    Have something left to share,
    But just between you, baby, and me
    Just between me, baby, and you,
    There's nothing there.

    I finally found someone I can hold.
    You ask me to defend myself
    As if I shouldn't be so bold, well,
    Get that look off of your face;
    I don't have the time,
    You don't have the place,

    To say that I don't care.
    I don't care.
    To hope that we still
    Have something left to share.
    And just between me, baby, and you
    Just between you, baby, and me,
    There's nothing there.

    Baby, what are you gonna do?
    I can't salvage any truth for you.
    Everybody else already knows.
    It hurts you to realize,
    So leave well enough
    Enough alone.

    And you don't need my hands
    To help you understand.
    You don't need to hear my voice.
    (You have no choice.)
    So don't be throwing stones;
    The closer we get,
    The harder they come.

    Now even if your feeling alone,
    Don't come home,
    'Cause when it was up to you
    When it was up to you,
    You left it up to me.

    Oh, you left
    Oh, you left
    Oh, you left it up to me.
    When it was up to you,
    You left it up to me.

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    Land Of Canaan

    Lyrics

    You can go to the east to find your
    Your inner hemisphere
    You say we're under the same sky babe
    Your bound to realize honey it's not that clear
    I'm not your promised land oh no
    I'm not your promised one
    I'm not the land of Canaan sweetheart
    Waiting for you under the sun

    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm missing you now
    I'm wanting your love
    And you're giving it out
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight

    Well, the meanings changed
    For what it's worth
    It's just a senseless game
    Well I should think of love
    But it's fear every time I hear
    Honey your heartbeat strain
    It's not the fallen man
    It's not the call of time
    It's just the London skyline sweetheart
    Telling me you're not mine

    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm missing you now
    I'm wanting your love
    And you're giving it out
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight

    My blood is running dry
    My skin is, my skin is growing thin
    For every time you find yourself
    You loose a little bit of me honey from within
    It's just a raging cycle
    Why can't we bring it all to the end of the line
    From inside this existence, sweetheart
    Time is not on my side

    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm missing you now
    I'm wanting your love
    And you're giving it out
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight
    I'm lonely tonight

    I'm not your promised land
    (I'm lonely tonight)
    I'm not your promised one
    (Honey I'm trying to tell you that I'm lonely tonight)
    I'm not your promised land
    I'm not your promised one
    I'm not the land of Canaan
    (I'm lonely tonight)
    I'm not your land of Canaan
    (I'm lonely tonight)
    I'm not the land of Canaan sweetheart
    Waiting for you under the sun
    I'm lonely tonight

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