Song of the Day #2,609: ‘Nashville’ – Indigo Girls

rites_of_passageI’m not a big Indigo Girls fan — they’re too studied and too repetitive for my taste — but I have to give props to their 1992 album Rites of Passage.

On their fourth album, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray introduced a host of new sounds, including strings and exotic percussion, to add muscle to one of their strongest batches of songs.

Rites of Passage features the rousing ‘Galileo,’ the duo’s first song to reach the top ten. That track was (and is) a favorite of my wife’s, and we listened to it many a time on my home and car stereos.

Despite really enjoying this record, it’s the last Indigo Girls album I ever bought. I guess it was enough.

As I drive, from your pearly gates
I realize, that I just can’t stay
All those mountains, they kept you locked inside
And hid the truth, from my slighted eyes

I came to you with a half-open heart
Dreams upon my back, illusions of a brand new start
Nashville, can’t I carry the load
Is it my fault, I can’t reap what i sow
Nashville, did you give me half a chance
With your southern style, and your hidden dance away
You dance away
And you dance away

All these voices, they whisper through my walls
They talk of falling fast, they say I’m losing it all
They say I’m running blind to love of my own
But I’ll be walking proud, I’m saving what i still own

I fell on my knees to kiss your land
But you are so far down, and i can’t even see to stand
In Nashville you forgot the human race
You see with half a mind what colors hide the face
Nashville, I’d like to know your fate
I’d like to stay a while
But I’ve seen your lowered states today
I’ve seen ’em today
Honey, I swear I’ve seen ’em today

Now I’m leaving
I’ve got all these debts to pay
You know we all have our dues, I’ll pay ’em some other place
Ah, I never ask that you pay me back
We all arrive with more, I left with less than I had

Your town is made for people passing through
A last chance for a cause I thought I knew
But Nashville, you tell me what you are gonna do
With all your southern style, it’ll never pull you through
Nashville, I can’t place no blame
But if you forget my face, I’ll never call your name again
No never again, no never again

I fell on my knees to kiss your land
But you are so far down, and i can’t even see to stand
In Nashville you forgot the human race
You see with half a mind what colors hide the face
Nashville, I’d like to know your fate
I’d like to stay a while
But I’ve seen your lowered states today
I’ve seen ’em today
Honey, I swear I’ve seen ’em today

I’m running away, I’m running away
I’m running, I’m running
I’m running away

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,609: ‘Nashville’ – Indigo Girls

  1. Dana says:

    You generally seem to have no problem with studied and repetitive so long as a good dose of melancholy is thrown in.
    More “Closer to Pain” than “Closer to Fine” and you might well have continued to buy Insigo Girls albums.

    Of course, I can’t really tell you that their work in the past 20 or so years is great or different or even melancholy. Like so many artists we liked or loved years ago, we have not kept up with their subsequent output. Having seen the Girls recently in concert, however, I can report that I didn’t hear anything new that was better than their work from the 80s and 90s.

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