This record has additional instruments and back-up vocals. It was originally released in 1989, and to be honest, some of it seems a bit dated in terms of sound. But I still love it. I've worn through two cassette versions of this album and bought at least five copies of the CD.
This is the record that originally hooked me into The Indigo Girls. Someone played it for me at summer camp and I didn't listen to anything else for the next eight weeks. If I close me eyes, I still feel like I'm right back on that cabin porch, sitting in the sun.
1. Closer To Fine
2. Secure Yourself
3. Kid Fears
4. Prince Of Darkness
5. Blood And Fire
6. Tried To Be True
7. Love's Recovery
8. Land Of Canaan
9. Center Stage
10. History Of Us
Yes, that's Michael Stipe singing on "Kid Fears."
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. 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 shore.
there's more than one answer to these questions pointing me in crooked line, and the less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine.
skipping stones, we know the price now, any sin will do. how much further, if you can spin, how much further, if you are smooth.
Prince of Darkness
my place is of the sun and this place is of the dark, I do not feel the romance I do not catch the spark, my place is of the sun and this place is of the dark, by grace, my sight grows stronger and I will not
be a pawn for the Prince of Darkness any longer.
the cries of passion were like wounds that needed healing, I couldn't hear them for the thunder. I was half the naked distance between hell and heaven's ceiling, and he almost pulled me under.
Blood and Fire
I am looking for someone, who can take as much as I give, give back as much as I need, and still have the will to live. I am intense, I am in need, I am in pain, I am in love. I feel forsaken, like the things I gave away.
Tried To Be True
did you borrow the soul, the soul that you sell now, what does your conscience tell you, where are the demons, of your desires, why does my love destroy you. tell me where is the fame, where is the fortune, where is the world that denies you. who is to blame, when my heart finally forfeits, to a road that will only misguide you
there 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
but nobody gets a lifetime rehearsal, as specks of dust we're universal, to let this love survive would be the greatest gift we could give
Land Of Canaan
well the meanings changed for what it's worth, it's just a senseless game. I should think of love, but it's fear every time I hear, honey, your heart strain
every time you find yourself, you lose a little bit of me, from within. it's just a raging cycle, why can't we bring it all to the end of the line. from inside this existence, sweetheart, time is not on my side.