Indigo Girls — Least Complicated
Album: Swamp Ophelia
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Released: 1994-05-10
Length: 4:02
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I sit two stories above the street
It's awful quiet here since love fell asleep
There's life down below me though
Kids are walking home from school

Some long ago when we were taught
That for whatever kind of puzzle you got
You just stick the right formula in
A solution for every fool...

I remember the time when I came so close to you
Sent me skipping my class and running from school
And I bought you that ring, cause I never was cool
What makes me think I could start clean slated?
The hardest to learn was the least complicated (yeah)

Oh, I just sit up in the house and resist
And not be seen until I cease to exist
A kind of conscientious objection (ahh...)
A kind of dodge in the draft

The boy and girl are holding hands on the street
And I don't want to but I think 'you just wait'
It's more than just eye to eye
Learn the things I could never apply...

Well, I remember the time when I came so close with you
Let everything go it seemed the only truth
And I bought you that ring, it seemed the thing to do

What makes me think I could start clean slated?
The hardest to learn was the least complicated
So what makes me think I could start clean slated?
The hardest to learn was the least complicated, ohh...

I'm just a mirror of a mirror of myself
All the things that I do
And the next time I fall
I'm gonna have to recall
It's isn't love
It's only something new

I sit two stories above the street
It's awful quiet here since love fell asleep
There's life down below me though
The kids are walking home from school

And I remember the time
When I came so close with you
Sent me skipping my class
And running from school
And I bought you that ring
'Cause I never was cool

What makes me think I could start clean slated?
The hardest to learn was the least complicated
So what makes me think I could start clean slated?
The hardest to learn was the least complicated

The least complicated
The least complicated
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 andrewimft wrote:
Such a sloppy tune, with off key singing, bad recorder, tinkly keyboard parts that don't fit, ick. This is when I stopped listening to them after those 2 fine first records. I can't understand how this got to the final cut, it's so unprofessional and doesn't go into the Neil Young or Bob Dylan category of an inspired despite sloppy performance.
 
IIRC, one of the things with this album is that a lot of the musicians ended up playing instruments that they weren't intimately familiar with. It was like a group of music friends that got together and just had fun recording an album.
 That_SOB wrote:

 

  The vision that comes to mind is "Strive to be mediocre"



 
Yea, and it is that mediocrity that helps them hit the center of the bell curve of popularity, cha-ching.  Really not impressed.
 mandolin wrote:
...i think what i dislike most about the indigo girls is that they're such easy targets for satire...
 
Are they really?
guitar lady
 
jeremyleo wrote:


This and Power of Two from the same album are my favs.  I like the production on this compared to some of their later works.

 
Me too!
Great song, but I hate the lyric: "clean slated".  
 MsJudi wrote:
My fav IG song!
 

This and Power of Two from the same album are my favs.  I like the production on this compared to some of their later works.
I would prefer something off Rites of Passage, Swamp Ophelia is decidedly not their best work.
 dctrpunda wrote:
They are trying so hard to sound just like every one of their other songs.
 

And they're very successful at it.
Such a sloppy tune, with off key singing, bad recorder, tinkly keyboard parts that don't fit, ick. This is when I stopped listening to them after those 2 fine first records. I can't understand how this got to the final cut, it's so unprofessional and doesn't go into the Neil Young or Bob Dylan category of an inspired despite sloppy performance.

 

  The vision that comes to mind is "Strive to be mediocre"


 stevo_b wrote:
Tune hits home today.
 
Ditto

My fav IG song!
 vit wrote:
The Indigo Girls are like the Robert Jordan of progressive music.
 
Maybe they'll kick the bucket in the middle of recording their next album?

Twice in a day Bill - thank you!
 dctrpunda wrote:
They are trying so hard to sound just like every one of their other songs.


 

That's basically the problem
The Indigo Girls are like the Robert Jordan of progressive music. First "Wheel of Time" book I (drunkenly) read I thought, "Hey that's not bad." So I bought another. And another. And another. All the sudden I found myself at the ninth bloody novel and it finally occurred to me that somewhere along the line the series had turned to absolute crap. Maybe it was that way from the very beginning. Anyway, I fell for the same thing with the Indigo Girls. Their first album (really their second, but their first was kindof like that Robert Jordan book with Spring in the title. A prequel, but crap) inspired me to buy more and more. Finally at Swamp Ophelia I realized, this is navel-gazing at its worst!
They are trying so hard to sound just like every one of their other songs. Still, Indigo Girls always remind me of the Lost Coast, so I can't be too hard on them
garthwb wrote:
One can hear they're not wearing any makeup...
Can you read that I'm not wearing any pants?
wafaa wrote:
Please, more Indigo Girls!
Please, less Indigo Girls!
neither am I, what's your point?