Discography

Discography

Swamp Ophelia

  • Release date: 1994-May-10
  • Label: Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment

Swamp Ophelia is the fifth studio album by Indigo Girls, released in 1994.

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    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

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    Least Complicated

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Language Or The Kiss

    Lyrics

    I don't know if it was real or in a dream
    Lately waking up I'm not sure where I've been
    There was a table set for six and five were there
    I stood outside and kept my eyes upon that empty chair
    And there was steam on the windows from the kitchen
    Laughter like a language I once spoke with ease
    But I'm made mute by the virtue of decision
    And I choose most of your life goes on without me
    Oh the fear I've known
    That I might reap the praise of strangers
    And end up on my own
    All I've sown was a song
    But maybe I was wrong

    I said to you the one gift which I'd adore
    The package of the next 10 years unfolding
    But you told me if I had my way I'd be bored
    Right then I knew I loved you best born of your scolding
    When we last talked we were lying on our backs
    Looking at the sky through the ceiling
    I used to lie like that alone out on the driveway
    Trying to read the Greek upon the stars
    The alphabet of feeling
    Oh I knew back then
    It was a calling that said if joy then pain
    The sound of the voice these years later
    Is still the same

    I am alone in a hotel room tonight
    I squeeze the sky out but there's not a star appears
    Begin my studies with this paper and this pencil
    And I'm working through the grammar of my fears
    Oh mercy what I won't give
    To have the things that mean the most
    Not to mean the things I miss
    Unforgiving the choice still is
    The language or the kiss

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    Reunion

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Power Of Two

    Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Touch Me Fall

    Lyrics

    All skate
    Now reverse

    I'm waking from a dream
    The neighborhood is green
    All the sounds I've missed
    All the years
    Come down to wedding death and fear
    I'll I've heard has been in vain
    Like water on a stain
    Touch me
    I'm so beautiful
    Rub your hands
    Across my head
    Just like this
    Come with me
    Now it's not worth it
    If you don't
    Are you hiding
    I am hiding

    Cypress moon
    I'm bald in June
    Like the granite
    In a stream
    Swamp Ophelia
    I'm torn down
    Let your waters
    Let me drown
    Touch me
    I'm so beautiful
    Rub your hands
    Across my head
    Just like this
    Come with me
    Now it's not worth it
    If you don't
    Are you crying
    I am crying

    Jump jump
    Jump so high
    Watch me let you down
    If I stumble
    I will stumble
    If I fall
    I will fall
    I'm trying to hold it
    Like rain in a river
    Everything is
    Getting bigger
    Better this
    Won't last forever
    Touch me fall
    Touch me fall

    Jump jump
    Jump so high
    Watch me let you down
    If I stumble
    I will stumble
    If I fall
    I will fall
    I'm trying to hold it
    Like rain in a river
    Everything is
    Getting bigger
    Better this
    Won't last forever
    Touch me fall

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    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

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    Mystery

    Lyrics

    Each time you'd pull down the driveway
    I wasn't sure when I would see you again
    Yours was a twisted blind sided highway
    No matter which road you took then
    Oh you set up your place in my thoughts
    Moved in and made my thinking crowded
    Now we're out in the back with the barking dogs
    My heart the red sun
    Your heart the moon clouded
    I could go crazy on a night like tonight
    When summer's beginning to give up her fight
    And every thought's a possibility
    And the voices are heard but nothing is seen
    Why do you spend this time with me
    Maybe an equal mystery

    So what is love then is it dictated or chosen
    (Handed down and made by hand)
    Does it sing like the hymns of 1000 years
    Or is it just pop emotion
    (Handed down and made by hand)
    And if it ever was there and it left
    Does it mean it was never true
    And to exist it must elude
    Is that why I think these things of you
    I could go crazy on a night like tonight
    When summer's beginning to give up her fight
    And every thought's a possibility
    And the voices are heard but nothing is seen
    Why do you spend this time with me
    May be an equal mystery

    But you like the taste of danger
    It shines like sugar on your lips
    And you like to stand in the line of fire
    Just to show you can shoot straight from you hip
    There must be a 1000 things you would die for
    I can hardly think of two
    But not everything is better spoken aloud
    Not when I'm talking to you

    Oh the pirate gets the ship and the girl tonight
    Breaks a bottle to christen her
    Basking in the exploits of her thief
    She's a very good listener
    Maybe that's all that we need
    Is to meet in the middle of impossibility
    We're standing at opposite poles
    Equal partners in a mystery
    (Handed down and made by hand)

    We're standing at opposite poles
    Equal partners in a mystery

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    Dead Man's Hill

    Lyrics

    We were down at dead man's hill
    Smoking vines like cigarettes
    Looking through the trashy mags
    Trying to feel what's coming next
    You told me of crashing cars
    Older brothers and late night bars
    I told you what I feel most
    And you kept it like a ghost forever

    Don't you write it down
    Remember this in your head
    Don't take a picture
    Remember this in your heart
    Don't leave a message
    Talk to me face to face
    Talk to me face to face

    Lying on the bright blue jumping mat
    Dinner bell is ringing
    Barking dogs and model planes
    And the sound of passing trains
    We watch for bonfires in the sky
    On the beach in July
    Spin the bottle steal the kiss
    Postcards to the one I miss forever
    The one I miss forever

    Don't you write it down
    Remember this in your head
    Don't take a picture
    Remember this in your heart
    I'll leave a message
    When everything comes apart
    (Talk to me face to face)
    (Talk to me face to face)
    (Everything comes apart)
    I'll leave a message
    When everything comes apart

    I remember cats on fire
    Gasoline a burning spiral
    Standing underneath the night
    Fighting back with all my might
    Empty cans and charred remains
    Find them in the heat of day
    On the top of dead man's hill
    This is what I know of shame forever

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    Fare Thee Well

    Lyrics

    Fare thee well my bright star
    I watched your taillights blaze into nothingness
    But you were long gone before I ever got to you
    Before you blazed past this address

    And now I think of having loved and having lost
    But never know what it feels like to never love
    Who can say what's better when my heart's become the cost
    A mere token of a brighter jewel sent from above

    Fare thee well my bright star
    The vanity of youth the color of your eyes
    And maybe if I'd fanned the blazing fire of your day-to-day
    Or if I'd been older I'd been wise

    Too thick the heat of those long summer evenings
    For a cool evening I began to yearn
    But you could only feed upon the things which feed a fire
    Waiting to see if I would burn

    Fare thee well my bright star
    It was a brief brilliant miracle dive
    That which I looked up to and I clung to for dear life
    Had to burn itself up just to make itself alive

    And I caught you then in your moment of glory
    Your last dramatic scene against a night sky stage
    With a moment so clear that it's as if you're still before me
    My once in a lifetime star of an age

    So fare thee well my bright star
    Last night the tongues of fire circled me around
    And this strange season of pain will come to pass
    When the healing hands of autumn cool me down

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    This Train Revised

    Lyrics

    It's a fish white belly
    A lump in the throat
    Razor on the wire
    Skin and bone
    Piss and blood
    In a railroad car
    100 people
    Gypsies queers
    And David's star

    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory
    This train

    Measure the bones
    Count the face
    Pull out the teeth
    Do you belong
    To the human race
    Doctor doctor
    Are you unkind
    Do you shock the monkeys
    Cover our eyes
    With clear blue skies

    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory now
    This train

    Here is a dancer
    Who has no legs
    Here is a teacher
    Who has no face
    Here is a healer
    Who has no hands
    Here is a runner
    Who has no feet
    Here is a thinker
    Who has no head
    Here is a builder
    Who has no back
    Here is a writer
    Who has no voice
    These are the questions
    These are the answers
    Stacked like wood

    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory
    This train is bound for glory now
    This train

    This train is bound for glory
    This train gonna carry my mother
    This train is bound for glory
    This train gonna carry my father
    This train is bound for glory now
    This train gonna carry my sister
    This train
    This train gonna carry my brother
    (here is a teacher)
    [stacked like wood)
    This train gonna carry my sister
    (Here is a healer)
    (Stacked like wood)
    This train gonna carry my brother
    (This is a builder)
    This train gonna carry my sister
    (Gypsies queers and David's star)
    This train is
    This train is bound for glory

    These are the questions
    Stacked like wood
    These are the answers
    Here is potential gone for good

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