Galileo
The Indigo Girls  (Emily Saliers, Amy Ray)
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Galileo's head was on the block; the crime was looking up for truth; and as the bombshells of my daily fears explode; I try to trace them to my youth

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
over a couple of beers the other night
and now I'm serving time for mistakes
made by another in another lifetime

How long till my soul gets it right
can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
king of night vision, king of insight

And then I think about my fear of motion
which I never could explain
some other fool across the ocean years ago
must have crashed his little airplane

How long till my soul gets it right
can any human being ever reach that kind of light
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
king of night vision, king of insight

I'm not making a joke, you know me
I take everything so seriously
if we wait for the time till all souls get it right
then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation
in my lifetime I'm still not right

I offer thanks to those before me
that's all I've got to say
'cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
now I have to pay
but then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
to let the next life off the hook
but she'll say "look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I'll write a book"

How long till my soul gets it right
can any human being ever reach the highest light
except for Galileo God rest his soul
(except for the resting soul of Galileo)
king of night vision, king of insight

How long
(till my soul gets it right)
[til we reach the highest light]
how long
(till my soul gets it right)
[til we reach the highest light]
how long.


Epic Record (1992)

Words and Music by
Emily Saliers

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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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