Closer to Fine
The Indigo Girls  (Emily Saliers, Amy Ray)

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

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
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
The closer I am to fine ... yeah


Epic (1989)

Words and music by Emily Saliers, performed with Amy Ray

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Aria's Pick! 
Up Close and Personal:

The Indigo Girls (duo)
Amy Elizabeth Ray (12 April 1964)
Emily Saliers (22 July 1963)

Closer to fine, yeay! Thought-provoking & compassionate lyrics, folksy & hard hitting melodies, plus longevity to boot!  Indigo Girls are as good as they get!

The Indigo Girls are Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, two musicians who attended the same elementary school, put together a band in high school and released their first album independently as the Indigo Girls in 1987; it earned them a record deal with Epic Records.

"In the beginning of 1989, with the release of what has proven to be their most timeless classic "Closer to Fine," the Indigo girls suddenly had everyone's attention. Their first major label release snagged them a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, as well as a nomination for Best New Artist. Since then, the duo has released a dozen records, begun an independent not-for-profit record company (Daemon Records), and leant their names to various charity events."(2)

"While they came into prominence as part of the late-'80s folky singer/songwriter revival, the Indigo Girls had staying power where other artists from the same era quickly faded... The combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provided tension and an interesting balance. Emily Saliers, hailing from the more traditional Joni Mitchell school, had a gentler sound, was more complex musically, and leaned toward the abstract and spiritual. Meanwhile, Amy Ray drew heavily from the singer/songwriter aspects of punk rock, citing influences such as the Jam, the Pretenders,

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and Hsker D for her more abrasive and direct approach."

"In a decade-plus of recording, they managed to garner respectable mainstream success and keep their rabid core following."(3)

Genre: Folk, Rock

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