Closer To Fine

Album: The Indigo Girls (1989)
Charted: 52
  • I'm tryin' to tell you somethin' 'bout 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 '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
    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
    And the less I seek my source for some definitive
    The closer I am to fine, yeah
    The closer I am to fine, yeah

    I stopped by the bar at three 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
    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 work out
    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 definitive
    The closer I am to fine
    The closer I am to fine
    The closer I am to fine, yeah Writer/s: Amy Elizabeth Ray, Emily Ann Saliers
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Brian from Boston, MaI liked this song the very first time I heard it. The acoustic guitar strumming on this song is great.
  • Elizabeth from Moreno Valley, Cai love this song. the words are very true and it has a beautiful message. i simply love this song!!!
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaIt took me 20 years to hear this song; it aired in 1989 and I didn't hear it until 2009. It was while I was driving on one of the LA freeways and the radio station was then newly on the air (100.3 "The Sound"). When I heard this the first time I was transfixed. The lyrics made so much sense. I guess a "great song" is one that resonates with you so deeply that you don't mind hearing it again and again. For me, this is a great song.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThis song features vocal and instrumental contributions from Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers, who were huge in the UK at the time this song was released in 1989. As a result, the song helped make the Indigo Girls well-known in the UK
  • Murph from Peoria, IlI always took this song as "the progress of life." One of the earlier verses says "Crawling on your shores" possibly indicating early childhood... progresses through to college "four years at the higher mind, got my paper and I was free" points to 4 years in college, and getting the diploma and now real life begins...
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