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Posted July 21st 2006 by Jessica Robertson They’re a little bit folky. She’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. But when the Indigo Girls — Emily Saliers and Amy Ray — teamed with Pink for a track off the duo’s latest album, ‘Despite Our Differences’ (due Sept. 19), the result was a raucous punk anthem with the lilt of unwavering harmony.”She had been in Europe but came home for a few days and gave us a whole night,” Amy Ray says of their sessions with Pink for ‘Rock and Roll Heaven’s Gate.’ “I gave her the lyrics and the idea — a counter-melody, like a call-and-answer — and she just took it and ran with it.”The track chronicles the demise of bands within a punk community, one Ray feels particularly tied to. “A couple of significant bands to me had broken up. I understood why, but it felt sort of demoralizing to feel like your mentors or allies were throwing in the towel,” she says. “The sense of loss is really great.”This isn’t the first collaboration between the veteran folkers and the pop badass: The Girls guested on the administration-bashing ‘Dear Mr. President,’ off Pink’s most recent album, ‘I’m Not Dead.’ “I said, “Hey I’ve got this amazing song that’s not complete without you, so would you bless me with your talent?” Pink recalls. “I love them to pieces. I’m completely in awe of them.”

As for the sessions this time around, the ladies ventured into familiar territory. “We finished [the song] pretty quickly, so we just sat around and talked about politics… and the president,” Ray laughs. “We were up pretty late that night.”

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