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Indigo Girls — Galileo
Album: Rites of Passage
Avg rating:
6.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1221









Released: 1992
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Galileo's head was on the block
The crime was looking up the truth
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I'm serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another lifetime

How long 'til my soul gets it right?
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light?
I call on the resting soul, of Galileo
King of night vision, king of insight

And then I think about my fear of motion
Which I never could explain
Some other fool across the ocean years ago
Must have crashed his little airplane

How long 'til my soul gets it right?
Could any human being ever reach that kind of light?
I call on the resting soul, of Galileo
King of night vision, king of insight

I'm not making a joke,
You know me, I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time 'til all souls get it right
Then at least I know there'll be no nuclear annihilation
In my lifetime, I'm still not right

I offer thanks to those before me
That's all I've got to say
'Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
Now i have to pay...
But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
To let the next life off the hook
Or she'll say "look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I'll write a book!"

How long 'til my soul gets it right?
Can any human being ever reach the highest light?
Except for (the resting soul) Galileo, God rest his soul (of Galileo)
King of night vision, king of insight...

How long...? (until my soul gets it right)
('Til we reach the highest light)
How long...? ('til my soul gets it right)
('Til we reach the highest light)
How long...
Comments (179)add comment
 Webfoot wrote:

It's art. Don't analyze it too much.
 
Partially agree, though isn't there a "eye of the beholder" clause that applies?  If the art moves one to analyze something, what's the harm?  Heck, I'm still trying to figure out half of Bob Dylan's songs yet I still enjoy hearing them.  Maybe it's a Duck thing....Go Dawgs!! (I kid you Webfoot cuz I can!)  And I'm liking the discussions on this one enough to bump my 7 to an 8....Long Live RP!!
 Hannio wrote:



 
I believe that's BuffaloBillileo.
 DrLex wrote:
Galileo, king of night vision.

Either I'm not seeking too deep, or not deep enough, to determine whether this is supposed to make any sense. 

 
Easy way of interpreting this line would be that matters of intuition or divination were thought to come from the devil, or from darkness. Galileo seemed in his time to be supernaturally talented when it came to his visions, his inventions, etc. And like how those who've been so far ahead of their time as to seen magical, there were some that believed his powers were derived from less than holy sources,

hence, night vision.

Fortunately our present time isn't nearly as superstitious even though it still has a way to go.
 DrLex wrote:
Galileo, king of night vision.

Either I'm not seeking too deep, or not deep enough, to determine whether this is supposed to make any sense. 

 
You know, cuz he looked into the night sky with a telescope. It isn't deep. But it is painfully awkward if you can't hear "night-vision" without thinking "googles".
 DrLex wrote:
Galileo, king of night vision.

 


Lame
I think the Indigo girls are outstanding musicians and to two of the best ever in understanding harmony in their writing and singing.
I love how Jackson Browne's voice weaves in so subtly at the end.
 DrLex wrote:
Galileo, king of night vision.

Either I'm not seeking too deep, or not deep enough, to determine whether this is supposed to make any sense. 

 
Makes sense to me, Galileo being an astronomer and all. 
That opening percussion threw me off; when this first started I thought it was going to be a cover of the Kraftwerk song "The Robots" - the beats are vaguely similar.  After that, it is clearly not similar at all.
 DrLex wrote:
Galileo, king of night vision.

Either I'm not seeking too deep, or not deep enough, to determine whether this is supposed to make any sense. 

 
It's art. Don't analyze it too much.
Galileo, king of night vision.

Either I'm not seeking too deep, or not deep enough, to determine whether this is supposed to make any sense. 
I literally played this cassette so much that it stretched out and I had to trash it. Great harmonies from Jackson Browne. 
Fluff
Miss these gals.... Great memories every single time. 
Closer to fine for having heard them again. Nice one RP.
 jagdriver wrote:
Indigo Girls—just say "No."

 
Yeah:  strong melodies, tight harmonies, creative cerebral lyrics, good production, nice acoustic guitar work - who the hell would want that?
Thank you, Phyllis, wherever you are.
Indigo Girls—just say "No."
Superlative harmony! Outstanding!
this is one of my all time favorite songs.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the drumming!  Jerry Marotta is an incredible rhythmic artist.
 rdo wrote:
I believe in the soul, just not religion, or any systems of thought. 

 
Ummm so just like the Indigo Girls then?  Sounds like you're closer to fine.
 Cynaera wrote:
As many times as I've heard this song on my MP3 player or here at RP, I STILL love it. The lead-in to the live version is hysterical - they banter back and forth about Galileo and how he was forced to recant, but he was pardoned a few years ago so everything's okay... and somewhere there's a cow in a field saying, "'Bout time."  "Lookin' at the stars.... Mooo."

I love Indigo Girls.

Moooo.{#Bounce}
 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...  this whole album is marvelous... 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Fantastic blast from one of the best albums — and years — I have known on this planet; great memories, and oh, how I've loved it all along!
 
I agree...  this song is absolutely marvelous...  it is from a truly great album...  time flies when we're having fun...
Fantastic blast from one of the best albums -- and years -- I have known on this planet; great memories, and oh, how I've loved it all along!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
 
 ziakut wrote:
This song so deserves a higher average score of 6.5.

  
Keef wrote:

Gave it an 8.  Now it's average is up to 6.6!

 
Damn straight peoples.  11 wouldn't be too much.
 camatcba wrote:
I prefer a sing along with a purple dinosaur to this song.

 
Whatever floats your boat.
 ziakut wrote:
This song so deserves a higher average score of 6.5.

 
Gave it an 8.  Now it's average is up to 6.6!
This song so deserves a higher average score of 6.5.
I believe in the soul, just not religion, or any systems of thought. 
 fatcatjb wrote:
this about when the IG brought in the insipid drummer that ruined everything that followed. I love the IG and their vision, but I never got the drumming that spoiled everything from this point onward.
 
 
I suspect they wanted to be a real RnR group.  Can't do that w/out a GOOD drummer.  Maybe they just need a better one.
 fatcatjb wrote:
this about when the IG brought in the insipid drummer that ruined everything that followed. I love the IG and their vision, but I never got the drumming that spoiled everything from this point onward.
 
 
Huh. Is that what happened to them? At one point I really liked them, but then I started to find them annoying. I thought my tastes had evolved, but maybe their music just got.....annoying.
this about when the IG brought in the insipid drummer that ruined everything that followed. I love the IG and their vision, but I never got the drumming that spoiled everything from this point onward.
 

Wow! Soooooooooooo deeep- I think I fell asleep for the deepest part though. 3


 Cynaera wrote:
As many times as I've heard this song on my MP3 player or here at RP, I STILL love it. The lead-in to the live version is hysterical - they banter back and forth about Galileo and how he was forced to recant, but he was pardoned a few years ago so everything's okay... and somewhere there's a cow in a field saying, "'Bout time."  "Lookin' at the stars.... Mooo."

I love Indigo Girls.

Moooo.{#Bounce}
 


 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 
nooo, use your words...


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Cynaera wrote:
As many times as I've heard this song on my MP3 player or here at RP, I STILL love it. The lead-in to the live version is hysterical - they banter back and forth about Galileo and how he was forced to recant, but he was pardoned a few years ago so everything's okay... and somewhere there's a cow in a field saying, "'Bout time."  "Lookin' at the stars.... Mooo."

I love Indigo Girls.

Moooo.{#Bounce}
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 Cynaera wrote:
As many times as I've heard this song on my MP3 player or here at RP, I STILL love it. The lead-in to the live version is hysterical - they banter back and forth about Galileo and how he was forced to recant, but he was pardoned a few years ago so everything's okay... and somewhere there's a cow in a field saying, "'Bout time."  "Lookin' at the stars.... Mooo."

I love Indigo Girls.

Moooo.{#Bounce}
 


I agree...  this song is marvelous...  where you be these days?  We miss you!

 
As many times as I've heard this song on my MP3 player or here at RP, I STILL love it. The lead-in to the live version is hysterical - they banter back and forth about Galileo and how he was forced to recant, but he was pardoned a few years ago so everything's okay... and somewhere there's a cow in a field saying, "'Bout time."  "Lookin' at the stars.... Mooo."

I love Indigo Girls.

Moooo.{#Bounce}
Hey Romeo,
I was wondering if you like this song.

 romeotuma wrote:


absolutely brilliant song...
 
agreed


absolutely brilliant song...


Never get tired of this...or anything from this staggering record!  Their Poseidon and the Bitter Bug had some amazing tunes on it, but THIS, whoah — THIS record, all of it, just cuts to the quick, every time.  Thanks, Bill and Rebecca for all the precious memories!
I have always been curious if that was Lyle Lovett singing in the back there on some of the tracks, too...anybody know?


love it...

 
good song.....great drumming
I prefer a sing along with a purple dinosaur to this song.


love this song...

Indigo Girls

 

NO!{#Yell}
 crockydile wrote:
They also have the special place in my mind as having done the worst cover ever, by their EPIC FAIL of Dire Straits "Romeo and Juliet"
 
...worse than natalie merchant's chain gang?..

I had this on my MP3 player while I was watering the plants and trees at the nursery - and it always put a smile on my face, even as it made me wonder about the human race and the cosmos... Without going into detail, I'll just say that this song made me rethink my views on God, creation, karma, and the afterlife.

Nope, not telling. It's between me and whoever I decided is worthy of awe or admiration.  The song itself is just wonderful. It makes me smile and look more closely at a flower or a bumblebee.  {#Sunny}
Not my taste!
0.0
tooooo much cheese!!!


This really is a great song...  always love hearing it...

 


still love it...


"...How long 'til my soul gets it right..." {#Good-vibes}


fantastic song...  love it...


I was the sound man for a band that opened for the "girls" in a bar in Santa Fe. We went for tacos at a local stand and were gone for about an hour. When we came back they were still playing the same song. At least it sounded like the same song, just like this sounds like the same song. Sorry, but I feel that their music is rather mono thematic and way past the due date.
 Patrick wrote:
We need to bottle this.
 


 Pyro wrote:

Fixed yer typo.

 
Lame

 fredriley wrote:

I like the lyrics to this one as they're quite funny, and are a pretty droll ironic commentary on hippie-type males.
 
Where do you get that interpretation from? The lyrics seem pretty straightforward to me: The singer assumes that Galileo's soul has reached perfection and is thus at rest, and wonders how many more times she'll have to die and be reincarnated before she reaches perfection as well.

 Pyro wrote:
I just like the way this song makes me feel.  Simple as that.
 
It's a feel good song!  {#Sunny}
That's Jackson Browne signing backup.
 scraig wrote:
Bill, just hit the delete button please and do us all a favor
 
Yes! Please! I have always disliked this duo. They always struck me as trying too hard to be smart and/or clever. {#Rolleyes} They also have the special place in my mind as having done the worst cover ever, by their EPIC FAIL of Dire Straits "Romeo and Juliet"

Please don't make me listen to this song again...Please
Bill, just hit the delete button please and do us all a favor
fredriley wrote:

That must be it - the Indigo Girls do generate strong opinions because of their strong feminist positions, and rightly so. They probably figure that if they're not winding some folk then they're not getting their points across. I like the lyrics to this one as they're quite funny, and are a pretty droll ironic commentary on hippie-type males, such as I used to know who would live with their heads in the karmic clouds but had a strong line in guilt-tripping and moralism to us imperfect and unenlightened ones. Not that they were too proud to accept our help on practical matters, such as free pints and smokes.


So, could you call them "karmic Bogarts?" {#Think} (Hope that translates){#Cowboy}
 AVee wrote:

Oh man, and I didn't even listen to the lyrics...

It sounds annoying enough as it is. I really don't need to disagree with those girls to dislike them.


 
"Disagree" with them about what, exactly?



This song is soooo good for the ears...


Oh man, and I didn't even listen to the lyrics...

It sounds annoying enough as it is. I really don't need to disagree with those girls to dislike them.


 camatcba wrote:
Some comments are just embarrassingly stupid!{#Puke}

This is one of them.{#Beat}

If I could give it a negative 1000 I would.{#Skull}

I'd rather sing along with Barney the Purple Dinosaur{#No}
 
Fixed yer typo.

Some songs are just embarrassingly stupid!{#Puke}

This is one of them.{#Beat}

If I could give it a negative 1000 I would.{#Skull}

I'd rather sing along with Barney the Purple Dinosaur{#No}


Love it...


I just like the way this song makes me feel.  Simple as that.


This is a great song... love it...


A favorite IG songs of mine.  This and Language or the Kiss are probably my two favorites.  That being said, these ladies have several metric f-tons of great songs.  Interesting open guitar tunings, great harmonies, thoughtful lyrics.  There may be a half-dozen stinkers, but most everything I've ever heard from them was an accomplishment to be proud of.


 Josephine wrote:
ya know, so many rp'ers nitpicking at the lyrics in this song. then for a lot of you, the venom seems to go deeper. like it's not the song but the indigo girls you don't like.
 
That must be it - the Indigo Girls do generate strong opinions because of their strong feminist positions, and rightly so. They probably figure that if they're not winding some folk then they're not getting their points across. I like the lyrics to this one as they're quite funny, and are a pretty droll ironic commentary on hippie-type males, such as I used to know who would live with their heads in the karmic clouds but had a strong line in guilt-tripping and moralism to us imperfect and unenlightened ones. Not that they were too proud to accept our help on practical matters, such as free pints and smokes.


Few things in life are really unendurable, but IG make the grade.

{#Grumpy}
pianocomposer wrote:
That is the original cover art for this album. Image Google Indigo Girls rites of passage.
You are either being terribly ironic, or it's time to dig out the charger for your humour detector.
bad hair! Bad Hair! :beat:
Something about these girls just makes me want to say, 'Blegh.'
Moo! (live version)
Solid 9. Brings back good memories!
out_to_lunch wrote:
oh dear, look - Guys, that is so mean. Who colored in the lesbian's face? Come on, just because their music is terrible doesn't mean its cool to make fun of the ladies.
That is the original cover art for this album. Image Google Indigo Girls rites of passage. This is a good song...it gets an 8. I am ignoring the rationalists who insist that the lyrics need to make perfect sense in order to be good. think of all the songs you love where the lyrics are just total nonsense.
Simply ridiculous. The idea that we should only look up to certain people because of their well known accomplishment, instead of, perhaps, character traits that transcend mere job titles, is absurd. I'm sorry that you think one should idolize Galileo only for his skills as an astronomer, rather than as a thinker and visionary. Arianrhod wrote:
This song better be old. 'How long till my soul gets it right 'Can any human being reach that kind of light' This actually has some learn-as-we-go-along type depth to it... But 'Galileo king night vision king of insight'? This is what I hate about celebrity culture at large. Galileo was a great scientist, he seems to have been a decent human being but if you want to emulate the famous, pick someone who is good at what your trying to do. Sports figures and actors aren't good people, they're good athletes and actors. Astronomy Galileo is your guy...You want to be a good person, go imitate Gandhi or Mother Teresa. And blaming what kids do on celebrity behavior...please, celebrity behavior is picked to illustrate social behavior because it is an example of what a large number everyday people are already doing, not the other way around. A kid with any brains or integrity raised by parents with any brains or integrity will make their decisions on based on their conscience, what they want and what is important to the people they care about (family, especially parents, and friends) not strangers they have never met. Trite, way too trite. Gah. (rant over)
ya know, so many rp'ers nitpicking at the lyrics in this song. then for a lot of you, the venom seems to go deeper. like it's not the song but the indigo girls you don't like. then, a lot of rp'ers end up picking on an rp member for their opinion. where is the love in that? we're all here for the music..right? as for the indigo girls, they are musicians, writin' songs that come from their heart, trying to send some positive messages and be good stewards. these women spend a lot of their time doing charity work and doing their share to be politically active. decent, hardworking women being role-models and writing some good licks and playin' excellent guitar. as for my rating, a 10! love it!
Kristi wrote:
Wow, I did not expect to find so much hate directed toward the Indigo Girls from this crowd. I'm sorely disappointed. I really like them - their music and their lyrics. :music:
It's ok kristi, most of us who love the indigo girls are just not so outspoken :dance: we just groove along without the prejudices! ...the ratings speak for themselves! :yell: 67% in favour! Rites of Passage @ RP!
Wow, I did not expect to find so much hate directed toward the Indigo Girls from this crowd. I'm sorely disappointed. I really like them - their music and their lyrics. :music:
It's alright on here, not the best, but certainly not the worst. If they threw in a harmonica then I would probably be unhappy with it. :cheesygrin:
:puke:
Arianrhod wrote:
This song better be old.
i don't get it... it is older... mid-90s... but i still don't get your hope for this song to be old. even after reading your rant. if it was new, wouldn't that be a good thing? a sign that current culture is embracing figures other than brain-dead actors and sports celebrities as role models? i don't get it.
This song better be old. 'How long till my soul gets it right 'Can any human being reach that kind of light' This actually has some learn-as-we-go-along type depth to it... But 'Galileo king night vision king of insight'? This is what I hate about celebrity culture at large. Galileo was a great scientist, he seems to have been a decent human being but if you want to emulate the famous, pick someone who is good at what your trying to do. Sports figures and actors aren't good people, they're good athletes and actors. Astronomy Galileo is your guy...You want to be a good person, go imitate Gandhi or Mother Teresa. And blaming what kids do on celebrity behavior...please, celebrity behavior is picked to illustrate social behavior because it is an example of what a large number everyday people are already doing, not the other way around. A kid with any brains or integrity raised by parents with any brains or integrity will make their decisions on based on their conscience, what they want and what is important to the people they care about (family, especially parents, and friends) not strangers they have never met. Trite, way too trite. Gah. (rant over)
melodies, harmonies, and instrumentation are right on. maybe their detractors have political issues with the girls . . .
You know, I used to really, really like this song. What happened?
Glorious!
oh dear, look - Guys, that is so mean. Who colored in the lesbian's face? Come on, just because their music is terrible doesn't mean its cool to make fun of the ladies.
One of my favorites from the Indigo Girls. Thanks RP :sunny:
On_The_Beach wrote:
That's some seriously lame cover art.
f'ing serious.
Indigoaway
BORING.
On_The_Beach wrote:
That's some seriously lame cover art.
Miserable cover art. But a great tune, and an important part of my past...
That's some seriously lame cover art.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Hummmmm, don't know which way to go on this one.
I'm voting with the rest of the jury, serious ass suckage....
Hummmmm, don't know which way to go on this one.
JGD wrote:
sucks serious ass
One of the most quoted summations I've seen. I was just going to type SHUT UP!!!! in real large font but this is better.
superfido wrote:
Blech! High school rubbish. Yuck! American music at its worst. :puke:
Couldn't agree more. Why are they here?!
superfido wrote:
Blech! High school rubbish. Yuck! American music at its worst. :puke:
It's still better than ABBA. Sweedish music at its worst! :meditate:
Blech! High school rubbish. Yuck! American music at its worst. :puke:
This song sucks. I thought it had finally gone away. Bah.
Galileo? Reincarnation? Someone is reaching deep into the barrel of pretentiousness.
Lyrics are all over the place.
LadyLovelyLocks wrote:
I really like the Indigo Girls - and this song is brilliant - the lyrics are marvelous and the harmonies in here are lovely. :dance:
You got it right.
Oh - I see earlier in the thread I have enjoyed this song before.
tonypf wrote:
Well...the notion that reincarnation is a basic tenet of Buddhism aint exactly so. Some Buddhists go with it, others don't. Now as for Hinduism...
That's incorrect. The concept of rebirth is a central pillar of Buddhism. All Buddhists believe in reincarnation (more commonly phrased as rebirth and, in the deepy cosmology, as conditioned genesis). The entire purpose of Buddhism is to escape the torments of the endless cycle of rebirth in the realms of samsara (the material world of delusion) and to help others do the same. Here's a good link on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation_%28Buddhism%29
Ummm... What the heck happened to the playlist today?!!! It must be poo-poo butt sad sandy panties day today. Yesterday someone was calling Lennon "vacuous". They must've be a fan of this stuff.
what is this, wilson f-ing phillips?