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Radio XLI, side A, track 7: “Closer To Fine” by indigo girls

Indigo Girls - Closer To fineOh, indigo girls, thank you for reminding me that two voices in harmony and a guitar is all you really need.  I remembered this song, and I remembered that I really liked it when I recorded it, but listening to it again and hearing your voices blending together so beautifully was a lovely reminder that while I don’t have much faith in humanity in general, we at least know how to make some damn fine music.  Seriously, indigo girls, I got the chills listening to your two voices twining around each other with this style that’s crunchy granola mixed with slightly aggressive folk mixed with the kind of haunted vibe you might pick up on the Scottish moors.

That sounded pretty impressive, huh, indigo girls?  Maybe?  One thing that this song has made me realize is that I totally wasted my college years.  No, I don’t mean that I fumbled my way through and squandered my education and drank too much and ignored a burgeoning mental illness.  Although I also did those things, too.  What I mean is if I’d just taught myself to play maybe two songs on the guitar, including this one, of course, if I’d tried to be just the tiniest bit mysterious, if I’d had just an ounce of self-respect and just a titch of self-confidence, I could have been making beautiful music with the ladies as soon as my freshman year of college started.  I could have used that line about the Scottish moors and pretended I knew what I was talking about and smoked some clove cigarettes and wrote some poetry and look just the tiniest bit pensive.  I hated those guys in college, indigo girls, but they did all right for themselves, so I clearly should have been paying more attention.

Anyway. . .

The bottom line is that this song is amazing, and I was unbelievably fortunate to have been able to capture this moment of time on the radio when listening to your music made us all just a little bit closer to fine.  Love you, indigo girls.

“Closer To Fine”

I’m tryin’ ta tell you somethin’ ’bout my life

Maybe give me insight between black an’ white

And the best thing you ever done for me

Is ta help me take my life less seriously

S’only life after all

Yeah

Well, darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable

And lightness has a call that’s hard ta hear

And I wrap my fear around me like a blanket

I sailed my ship of safety ’til I sank it
I’m crawling on your shores

And 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

Closer I am ta fiiiiiine, yeeeeeah
Closer I am ta fiiiiiine, yeeeeeah

And I went ta 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 an’ 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

And the less I seek my source for some definitives

Closer I am ta fiiiiiine, yeeeeeah
Closer I am ta fiiiiiine, yeeeeeah

<awesome indigo girls jam>

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 fountain, if we go to the doctor
We go to the mountains
We look to the children
We drink from the fountain, yeah, we go to the Bible
We go through the workout
We read up on revival
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 definitives
Closer I am ta fiiiiiine
Closer I am ta fiiiiiine
Closer I am ta fiiiiiine, yeeeeeah

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