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Postby Fool On Fire » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:28 pm

Who better than the Third Indigo Girl to start this thread? :D

The Girls are the goddesses of my little music-loving heart. As far as I'm concerned, they can do no wrong - even in their weakest moments, they still transcend almost everything else out there. They are fantastically gifted, intelligent, passionate, compassionate. They make music that is about learning to live well, with self-examination and solidarity.

I can't wait for Amy's new solo album, due out April 5, entitled Prom. Wheee!

~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


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Postby MWM » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:36 pm

I saw the Indigo Girls on Conan O'Brien last night, and thought of you. I don't remember which song they sang, but it was from All That We Let In. I only have Strange Fire and Become You, but I've heard some of the other songs. I think "Ghost" is one of the most beautiful songs ever. I should get some more Indigo Girls CD's. What would you suggest?

~Matt
The meteorite is the source of the light
And the meteor's just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid
Of the fire that propelled it to thee
And the meteorite's just what causes the light
And the meteor's how it's perceived
And the meteoroid's a bone thrown from the void
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Postby Fool On Fire » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:41 pm

Swamp Ophelia is far and away my favorite of their albums. But really, anything from the self-titled release through Shaming of the Sun is good enough to knock your socks off, and All That We Let In is really good too, I think. (I liked ATWLI *much* better than Become You - it just gave me that kind of "fire and ice" feeling that I hadn't had since I heard Amy's song "Devotion" on their greatest hits compilation.)

I sent Marybeth a copy of Rites of Passage - again, a TREMENDOUS album, so that one might be worth your while. Which songs do you find yourself liking on Strange Fire and Become You, just out of curiosity? I might be able to better recommend what you'd like if I knew what you like so far. :)

I know, I'm taking this too seriously, but I swear to god, it's really a big deal,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


...the blues is the roots...everything else is the fruits...
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Postby MWM » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:45 pm

lol I know how you feel, Elise. I would be doing the same thing if you ever decided to like Tori Amos and look into her music, but I know your feelings on her. lol

Hmm . . . well, when I first got the CD's I liked Emily's songs better. "Left Me a Fool" and "Collecting You" were my favorites, but now when I listen to her a lot of her songs seem almost pretentious and wordy and I'm drawn to Amy's more. Like "Yield" and . . . hmm, I forget the name of that other song that I liked a lot, but it says, "I don't care anymore/ I don't wanna find out what I left there for." Oh, and I have heard the song "Dairy Queen" from All That We Let In, and thought it was brilliant. "There's just enough of you in me, for me to have some sympathy." What a genius line.

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And the meteor's just what we see
And the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid
Of the fire that propelled it to thee
And the meteorite's just what causes the light
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Postby Fool On Fire » Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:00 pm

You are referring to one of my favorite songs on Strange Fire:

well you followed me this far to find out what's inside
tell me what I'm doing - is it something I should hide?
'cause I don't know for sure
I don't wanna find out what I left there for

-- "I Don't Wanna Know," Amy Ray and Michelle Malone

I *love* that song. (I learned how to play it pretty early in my guitaring, and was thrilled to pieces with myself. LOL.) I'm a complete and total Amy freak, so I sympathize with how you feel about the force and simplicity and energetic emotion in her songs...but Emily is often the reason that people begin to like the Indigos.

Given those leanings, Matt, I would suggest you get Nomads*Indians*Saints. It's their second big-label album, after their self-titled (their third "real" album, fourth actual album, haha). Emily's song "Hammer and a Nail" opens it and will draw you in; she's also got a really wonderful ballad on there called "The Girl with the Weight of the World in Her Hands." But...Amy's songs are KILLER on that record. "Pushing the Needle Too Far," "World Falls," "1-2-3," "Hand-Me-Downs," "Keeper of My Heart"...all classics, songs you'll never forget. So you've got a nice balance between their individual styles. On Nomads, Emily will hook you, but Amy will keep you coming back for more. So maybe that is the one for you first.

I hope that helps,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


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Postby MWM » Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:19 pm

Thanks, Elise! I'll pick up that CD next time I'm in the CD store. I'm excited!

~Matt
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Of the fire that propelled it to thee
And the meteorite's just what causes the light
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Postby marybeth » Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:51 am

Elise....
my voice teacher gives a little concert of her students each year and two of them have chosen to sing "Closer to Fine" and "Thin Line". And they've asked ME to play the guitar for them. (Boy they must be desperate.....) These are great songs. Do you know a place to get tabs for them?
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Postby 62rvs » Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:12 pm

http://getsome.org/guitar/olga/main/i/i ... o_fine.crd

Check out this link from Harmony Central.
It's how I learned Closer To Fine.

At first it seems daunting...but it really is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Once you're in Harmony Central, you can search for "Thin Line" as well.

Oh heck, here it is...

http://getsome.org/guitar/olga/main/i/i ... n_line.crd


If the links above don't work
Just google Harmony-Central

or ( better yet... )
Google: Indigo Girls Guitar Tabs

I know you'll do great MB!

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Postby marybeth » Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:03 am

hey thanks Smit!!!! :lol:
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Postby Turk » Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:24 am

I am an IG ho, but the one song that never fails to confirm that these ladies are CO-GODS is "Burn All the Letters". When I hear "We made our love out of dignity, dug our nails in the dirt" and then Amy so casually, yet immediately adds: "Hung our towel-soaked souls out on the line...we loved so hard that it hurt", well, I just want to say, "Fuck me, Marvin...this party is OVER!"

Seriously, this song lovingly pains me to the depths as only IG can do.

Burn All the Letters

I am sorry that I set my sights on the things I read
Something meant for your husband maybe you left under the bed
Once upon a love those words blew free and secret, but the pages lay around
Drifted to the hands of the publisher and the greedy generations on down

Burn all the letters (someone is always watching)
The government's on the phone (whether openly or secretly)
Burn all the letters (breathe life into your story)
Send them on to a safer home (burn it to secrecy)
Burn all the letters, brand them in before you go
Soldiers are coming to plunder but there are some things they will never know

We made our love out of dignity, dug our nails in the dirt
Hung out towel soaked souls out on the line, we loved so hard that it hurt
To ease my pain I took a pen and paper, incarnate came the bleeding
Send it back before the public eye perverts it in the reading

Burn all the letters (someone is always watching)
The government's on the phone (whether openly or secretly)
Burn all the letters (breathe life into your story)
Send them on to a safer home (burn it into secrecy)

Burn all the letters from you to me
They're coming to take what they can
But they cannot read what they cannot see
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Postby marybeth » Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:42 am

Hey I got the tabs and Closer to Fine is not that hard at all. And its really fun to sing!!! :lol:
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Postby Fool On Fire » Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:52 pm

TurkRogers wrote:I am an IG ho, but the one song that never fails to confirm that these ladies are CO-GODS is "Burn All the Letters". When I hear "We made our love out of dignity, dug our nails in the dirt" and then Amy so casually, yet immediately adds: "Hung our towel-soaked souls out on the line...we loved so hard that it hurt", well, I just want to say, "Fuck me, Marvin...this party is OVER!"


HAHA - I know *exactly* what you mean.

One of those quintessential-IG-moments for me is in "The Wood Song," from Swamp Ophelia.

Emily's part leads in:

sometimes I ask to sneak a closer look
skip to the final chapter of the book
then maybe steer us clear from some of the pain it took
to get us where we are this far, this far


...and Amy immediately follows with:

yeeeaaaah, but the question drowns in its futility
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


*shivers,*
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


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Postby Mis » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:59 pm

TurkRogers wrote:I am an IG ho, but the one song that never fails to confirm that these ladies are CO-GODS is "Burn All the Letters". When I hear "We made our love out of dignity, dug our nails in the dirt" and then Amy so casually, yet immediately adds: "Hung our towel-soaked souls out on the line...we loved so hard that it hurt", well, I just want to say, "Fuck me, Marvin...this party is OVER!"


I LOVE this song so much! I was just playing it today, as a matter of fact! It's so fun to belt out. :) Do you know the story behind this song, Turk? It's partially inspired by the letters between authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, who had a semi-clandestine relationship outside of their marriages. The letters have since been published, and they are intriguing, fantastic reading. So much in between the lines.

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Postby marybeth » Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:25 am

Cool, I always wondered what this was about!
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Postby cinnamoons » Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:42 am

Elise, Wood Song is one of my favorite ever!

When we saw IG in the UK 2 years ago, I asked for it in London and they played it the next day in Bristol and Amy even mentionned they played it for me! I could have died and gone to heaven! :D

Swamp Ophelia is my fave album! If Ghost was in there somewhere, it couldn't be topped as a CD!! To think I didn't get into Fugitive the first time I played the CD :wink: ...kids!)

And Matt... I think 1200 curfews, the double Live CD is a must have... IG should be listened to live as often as possible! Emily's writing has had its up and downs these past few years but you should hear She's Saving Me... such a great song on death... gives me shivers every time I listen to it!

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