Emily Saliers

Emily Salier’s lyrics

 1. http://www.indigogirls.com/disco.html

2. Indigo Girls Lyrics – House Of Lyrics

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is my favorite songwriter. I think she has an amazing ability to put her emotions into words in ways that allow others to understand and identify with them. I like the music of the other woman in the duo, Amy – her songs have a nice beat and are fun. But half the time I don’t even know what she is even talking about, and while I love music, it’s really the lyrics that I appreciate most, so I just can’t appreciate Amy’s work as much as I do Emily’s.

I have the feeling that Emily is able to process her emotions and look at them from an objective place and that she only then writes her songs. On the other hand, it seems to me that Amy writes her songs as she is experiencing the emotions, and if she ever gets to a more objective place, it is after the song is written. I think that’s part of the reason I don’t feel like I understand what she is singing about. Then again, maybe Emily is just the more introspective of the pair.

Here are just a few samples of my favorite lyrics from Emily’s songs:

From Let it be me 1992

in the kind word you speak
in the turn of the cheek
when your vision stays clear
in the face of your fear

from a neighbor’s distant land
i heard the strain of the common man
let it be me (this is not a fighting song)
let it be me (not a wrong for a wrong)
let it be me,
if the world is night shine my life like a light

From Hammer and a Nail 1990

Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.
My life is part of the global life
I’d found myself becoming more immobile
When I’d think a little girl in the world can’t do anything.
A distant nation my community
A street person my responsibility
If I have a care in the world I have a gift to bring.

From Closer to Fine 1989

I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountain
There’s more than one answer to these questions pointing me in crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine.

From Power of Two 1994

So we’re ok, we’re fine
Baby I’m here to stop your crying
Chase all the ghosts from your head
I’m stronger than the monster beneath your bed
Smarter than the tricks played on your heart
Look at them together then we’ll take them apart
Adding up the total of a love that’s true
Multiply life by the power of two



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4 Responses to “Emily Saliers”

  1. sputnik00 Says:

    hi, i love emily’s songs too. first one i ever heard was the live rendition of “virgina woolf”. i thought i was listening to poetry.

    amy’s songs have a different sort of strength don’t you think? try listening to “kid fears”, the version with them and michael stipe from REM.

    can’t believe they’re coming to my part of the world! finally. i got my tickets before the box office opened.

    happy holidays!

  2. Barrington Says:

    Yes, I definitely think Amy’s songs have their own kind of strength. And I didn’t mean to suggest that I don’t like them at all – just that I don’t connect with them the way I do to Emily’s. But I’ll take your suggestion and listen to that version of kid fears! Thanks!

    What part of the world do you live in? Sputnik, as in Russia?

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  4. sputnik00 Says:

    hey, sorry about the late late reply. it sort of fell off my radar.
    but better late than never.

    i’m from singapore. but i had a phase when i was crazy about Russian things – classical composers, history, geography – hence the nick.

    did you manage to listen to any of Amy’s songs?

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