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Song Lyric Sunday – An Indigo Girls Trifecta

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror and I hope the music is not too scary this week.


I often find myself interpreting the prompts in a different way than others. This week is no different. I thought of how fear and danger enter our lives and often not in a way that frightening, but rather in ways that make us turn inward to discover something about ourselves.

As a writer and lover of the written word, nothing satisfies my soul more than a well written song. When you add strong melodies, excellent musicianship, and melodic harmonies – music transforms into magic.

My daughter introduced me to the Indigo Girls when she was in college. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met in elementary school, attended the same high school and eventually both ended up back at Emory University in Georgia. Both strong and talented songwriters as well as performers, I find their music meaningful – they are storytellers in the strongest sense of the word.

The first song that came to mind was “Kid Fears”. I have written about it before, so I chose not to use it for today’s prompt.

Emily wrote the song “Galileo”. It plays on the somewhat heavy subject of reincarnation and takes a lighthearted approach to it. She uses Galileo and his trial by the Catholic church for his belief in heliocentrism (belief that the sun is the center of the universe and the earth and planets revolve around the sun) as a symbol of someone seeking the truth. Because the belief of reincarnation is in opposition to Christian beliefs, Emily focused on the similarity to Galileo and anyone seeking their own idea of the truth even when in opposition with accepted truths. (Lyrics on the video.)

The next song I chose was also written by Emily. “Closer to Fine” is about all the places we search for our answers and how in life, there is no one source to answer all the questions – it takes a little exposure to many things to reach the pinnacle and the answers we are seeking.

Closer to Fine
Lyrics from songfacts.com

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, yeah

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 ’til I sank it
I’m crawling on your shores

And I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
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, yeah
The closer I am to fine, yeah

And 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 fountains
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, yeah
The closer I am to fine, yeah

I stopped by the bar at three A.M.
To seek solace in a bottle, or possibly a friend
And 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 went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
We go to the doctor, we go to the mountains
We look to the children, we drink from the fountain
Yeah, 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 for some definitive
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine, yeah

The final song is one that is a little less well known, also written by Emily. I could not find a lot written about the song “Mystery”, but the lyrics speak for themselves I think. What brings us together? What is required for a relationship to make sense? Can we find love in spite of our differences? I think so. (Lyrics on the video.)


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other blog

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – An Indigo Girls Trifecta”

  1. As soon as I saw the word prompts, this old song from 1976 came into my mind.

    All our times have come
    Here but now they’re gone
    Seasons don’t fear the reaper
    Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
    We can be like they are
    Come on, baby (don’t fear the reaper)
    Baby, take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
    We’ll be able to fly (don’t fear the reaper)
    Baby, I’m your man
    La, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la
    Valentine is done
    Here but now they’re gone
    Romeo and Juliet
    Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet)
    40, 000 men and women everyday (like Romeo and Juliet)
    40, 000 men and women everyday (redefine happiness)
    Another 40, 000 coming everyday (we can be like they are)
    Come on, baby (don’t fear the reaper)
    Baby, take my hand (don’t fear the reaper)
    We’ll be able to fly (don’t fear the reaper)
    Baby, I’m your man
    La, la, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la, la
    Love of two is one
    Here but now they’re gone
    Came the last night of sadness
    And it was clear she couldn’t go on
    Then the door was open and the wind appeared
    The candles blew and then disappeared
    The curtains flew and then he appeared
    Saying don’t be afraid
    Come on, baby (and she had no fear)
    And she ran to him (then they started to fly)
    They looked backward and said goodbye (she had become like they are)
    She had taken his hand (she had become like they are)
    Come on, baby (don’t fear the reaper)

    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: Donald Roeser
    (Don’t Fear) The Reaper lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. They have been around a long time and it still amazes me how much they remain outside the mainstream. I love their harmonies and their stories so much.

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