Song of the Day #3,788: ‘Love’s Recovery’ – Indigo Girls

I give Indigo Girls a lot of crap for their college-lit pretentiousness and the fact that their songs all sound alike. I don’t even know if the latter criticism is true, because I own only two of their 14 albums, but it sure feels true.

I come today not to attack but to praise. Today’s random iTunes selection, ‘Love’s Recovery,’ is a stunningly beautiful song, and the best thing on the duo’s wonderful self-titled 1989 album.

This is a perfect marriage of songwriting and performance, with Emily Saliers’ profound lyrics matched only by her passionate voicing of them.

I thank the Random iTunes Fairy for unearthing such a lovely song and memory.

During the time of which I speak
It was hard to turn the other cheek
To the blows of insecurity
Feeding the cancer of my intellect
The blood of love soon neglected
Lay dying in the strength of its impurity

Meanwhile our friends we thought were so together
They’ve all gone and left each other
In search for fairer weather
We sit here in our storm
And drink a toast to the slim chance of love’s recovery

Here I am in younger days star gazing
Painting picture perfect maps
Of how my life and love would be
Not counting the unmarked paths of misdirection
My compass: faith in love’s perfection
I missed ten million miles of road I should have seen

Meanwhile my friends we thought were so together
Left each other one by one on the road to fairer weather
And we sit here in our storm
And drink a toast to the slim chance of love’s recovery

Rain soaked and voice choked
Like silent screaming in a dream
I search for our absolute distinction
Not content to bow and bend
To whims of culture that swoop like vultures
Eating us away, (eating us away)
Eating us away to our extinction

O how I wish I were a trinity
So if lost a part of me
I’d still have two of the same to live
But nobody gets a lifetime rehearsal
As specks of dust, we’re universal
To let this love survive be the greatest gift we could give

Tell all the friends who think they’re so together
That these are ghosts and mirages
All these thoughts of fairer weather
Though it’s stormy now I feel safe
Within the arms of love’s discovery

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,788: ‘Love’s Recovery’ – Indigo Girls

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    May I suggest that you listen to the rest of this album with the perspective and matured taste of a person in his mid 40’s who has developed greater appreciation for folk, country and similar artists (Brandi Carlile comes most immediately to mind) exhibiting great songwriting, lyrics and performance?

    And while “Love’s Discovery” is a beauty, I think the best song on this great debut album goes to either “Prince of Darkness” or “Kid’s Fear.” I also never grow tired of cranking up “Closer to Fine.”

    By the way, our recent visit to UF brought back a wonderful memory for Amy and I seeing the indigo Girrls play sometime around 1990 in the plaza area of the Reitz Union. Such an intimate show, and we have seen them a few times since, most recently at a festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and they sound as good as ever.

  2. Peg says:

    This is a beautiful song.

  3. Amy says:

    I, too, have not heard many of the songs on their 14 albums but have always had a much greater appreciation of them than you do. This song is lovely and a favorite. Still, like Dana, I love many more of their songs. Another one I’d point you to on this album is “History of Us.”

  4. Clay says:

    I’m a big fan of this album, including all of the songs you mentioned. ‘Kid Fears’ is another personal favorite.

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