Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls

(As I was listening recently, I was thinking, 'This song is great lyrically & musically.' I thought I'd share. (and yes, sometimes I think in ampersand))

I’m trying to tell you something about 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 till I sank it
I’m crawling on your shores

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 less I seek my source)
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine

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
The less I seek my source for some definitive
(the less I seek my source)
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine

I stopped by the bar at 3 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
Yeah we go to the doctor, we go to the mountains
We look to the children, we drink from the fountains
Yeah we go to the bible, we go through the workout
We read up on revival and we stand up for the lookout
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
(the less I seek my source)
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine

4 Comments:

Blogger mush said...

I am afraid that I have to disagree with your opinion that this song is great lyrically. I think that great "thematically" might be more accurate. This song reads like a laundry-list of cliches. I intentionally used a cliche.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Hmmm... thematic might be more appropriate, but the issue might just be cliches bother you more than me. I see the simplistic communication within the song serving a useful purpose in that methaphors/analogies/
parables/cliches and more like to be understood than the specifity I would desire.
ps: me no likely the Bible stuff though

8:53 PM  
Blogger Sara C. said...

Firstly, this song was one of the first I learned to play on the guitar (you could learn it, Darren, it's easy!). It's a great tune, and harmonizing with a friend is one of the best highs.
As for the theme and lyrics, I don't expect complex and shiver-inducing poetry from pop music text either (John Donne, anyone?). The emotion is in the combination of both. As for the "Bible" thing, I always took the chorus to mean that those cliched efforts to look for meaning were never enough for an answer(did you know that one of the indigos majored in religious studies?). Actually, I expected that D. would take exception to the line "the less I seek my source for some difinitive, the closer I am to fine". I'm going to get my guitar now.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was my favourite song when I was younger. This one and Galileo. Their harmonies really shake the insides a bit. I never read the lyrics though. They're worthy of mention.

-Alina

8:09 PM  

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