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Indigo Girls — Kid Fears
Album: Indigo Girls
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:22
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Pain from pearls, hey little girl
How much have you grown
Pain from pearls, hey little girl
Flower for the ones you've known

Are you on fire from the years?
And what would you give for your kid fears?

Secret staircase, running high
You had a hiding place
Secret staircase, running low
But they all know, now you're inside

Are you on fire from the years?
And what would you give for your kid fears?
Kid fears

Skipping stones, we know the price now
And any sin will do
How much further, if you can spin
How much further, if you are smooth

Are you on fire ''(are you on fire)''
From the years ''(from the years?)''
What would you give for your kid fears?
''(what would you give)''
''(what would replace the rent with the stars above)''
''(replace the rent with the stars above)''
[replace the need with love]
(replace the need with love)
[replace the anger with the tide]
(replace the anger with the tide)
[replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love]
(replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love)
ah the ones that you love

are you on fire
(replace the rent with the stars above)
[are you on fire]
from all the years
(replace the need with love)
[from the years]
what would you give
(replace the anger with the tide)
[what would you give]
for your kid fears
(for the ones that you love)
(the ones that you love)
hold on now
are you on fire
(replace the rent with the stars above)
[are you on fire]
from all the years
(replace the need with love)
[from the years]
and what would you give
(replace the anger with the tide)
for your kid fears
[what would you give]
(for the ones that you love)
what would you give
(the ones that you love)
for your kid fears?
[what would you give]
what would you give for your kid fears
your kid fears
hey kids
hold on
Comments (38)add comment
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I didn't care for it. When Stipe started in, I was "ah cool" but then I realized that meant the song would keep going and so I frowned.
 
Nailed it.
 Tippster wrote:
This may be Lazarus' best post ever.

I love this song.  One of the truly great debut albums of modern music, combined with the singer of my (at the time) favorite American band.  Combine that with a now bit simplistic, but at age 19 heavy, subject matter...  what's not to love about this song.

Besides, I'm a sucker for harmonies.
 
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of galactic presidential campaigns loves this beautiful song...  we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  Radio Paradise is the best radio station in the nearest 430,000 galaxies...  hope life is grand for you these days, Tippster...  thank you...
Very good music ! excellent vocal exchange
I didn't care for it. When Stipe started in, I was "ah cool" but then I realized that meant the song would keep going and so I frowned.
Keine angst, kids have no fear.
really nice harmonies these girls are singing! not heard for a long time! Great song!
NICE! So wild to remember how vital they were, how refreshing, how new, and how well their tunes have carried me through the years!
 randyblew wrote:
This group, album and song hit me at a particular time of transition, late 89-90, in LA. I saw Indigo Girls play Closer to Fine on Letterman, bought the CD, and was immediately hooked. Some of their later work has been a bit more uneven, but this is a fantastic album. Great harmonies, excellent lyricism, a very deeply moving and personal piece of work that spoke to me at just the right time. Sweet and bittersweet memories both.

 
Wow. I second that sentiment! And I'm in raleigh ( clayton) too!!
This group, album and song hit me at a particular time of transition, late 89-90, in LA. I saw Indigo Girls play Closer to Fine on Letterman, bought the CD, and was immediately hooked. Some of their later work has been a bit more uneven, but this is a fantastic album. Great harmonies, excellent lyricism, a very deeply moving and personal piece of work that spoke to me at just the right time. Sweet and bittersweet memories both.
You are killing me Bill......First The Pretender, then Head Full of Doubt, now this....I am weeping uncontrollably!
 Tippster wrote:

This may be Lazarus' best post ever.

I love this song.  One of the truly great debut albums of modern music, combined with the singer of my (at the time) favorite American band.  Combine that with a now bit simplistic, but at age 19 heavy, subject matter...  what's not to love about this song.

Besides, I'm a sucker for harmonies. 

 
Isn't that a third of his posts?
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...

 
This may be Lazarus' best post ever.

I love this song.  One of the truly great debut albums of modern music, combined with the singer of my (at the time) favorite American band.  Combine that with a now bit simplistic, but at age 19 heavy, subject matter...  what's not to love about this song.

Besides, I'm a sucker for harmonies. 
The power of Stipes voice here is just gorgeous, raises the girls to levels you don't normally here from them. Would love to hear this live!
My favorite Indigo Girls tune, the harmonization is beautiful.  When I was a teenager, a couple of friends of mine and I went to go see REM at the Omni in the ATL.  This was at the height of REM's popularity, and we had never heard of their opening act, the Indigo Girls.

We were blown away at how good they were, and this song in particular, when Michael Stipe came out to join in, was extremely powerful. 
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...
 garycha wrote:
The three part vocals where Stipe comes in, are absolutely brilliant.  I was playd this at a hi fi demo years ago.  Initially dismissive, once my attention was drawn to the singing, I was and still am hooked.

One of those tunes that needs to be listened to rather than heard-playing.  


 
Indeed.  Powerful lyrics, too.  Chills every time.  10.
 garycha wrote:
The three part vocals where Stipe comes in, are absolutely brilliant.  I was playd this at a hi fi demo years ago.  Initially dismissive, once my attention was drawn to the singing, I was and still am hooked.

One of those tunes that needs to be listened to rather than heard-playing.  


 
Yes. The lyrics are pretty crushing.

edit: Michael Stipe really brings something extra to this song. Nice.
 
The three part vocals where Stipe comes in, are absolutely brilliant.  I was playd this at a hi fi demo years ago.  Initially dismissive, once my attention was drawn to the singing, I was and still am hooked.

One of those tunes that needs to be listened to rather than heard-playing.  

They have any number of more interesting, appealing songs than thos ponderous number.
The very end bit with Stipe is okay, but mostly this is earnest misery. Sorry.
FLASHBACK to Sophomore year of College, driving to Memphis with my best friend, harmonizing to the whole album sigh
Originally Posted by B1gwave_Dave: Is that Michael Stipe singing backup? Nice sound. :notworthy:
Yeah, I figure they thought they were safe with him... :lol:
Is that Michael Stipe singing backup? Nice sound. :notworthy:
Originally Posted by nbsdawn: yawn. i thought it would never end, and i usually like the indigo girls (not to mention michael stipe).
Go figure. I normally can't stand them, but this song I kinda liked.
Is it time for Lilith Fair already? Super! :roll:
Originally Posted by rgrace: I know this isn't what anyone wants to hear, but this reminds me of a Styx ballad - or any tune that a 70's hair band played when they wanted to sound "sensitive." Is that so wrong? :??:
Well, except that this is good.
yawn. i thought it would never end, and i usually like the indigo girls (not to mention michael stipe).
Still a great song! I remember sitting in traffic creeping towards the tollbooth on the southbound lanes of the Tobin Bridge looking down over the Mystic River separating Charlestown and Chelsea and being amazed upon hearing this song for the first time. Sitting in traffic on the Tobin is rarely a memorable experience, but this song made it so on that partcular day.
Originally Posted by tom: My teacher played this for us in 6th grade. I still remember it to this day. Great memories...
That makes me feel old. :cry:
My teacher played this for us in 6th grade. I still remember it to this day. Great memories...
:) definitely michael, i saw them in columbia md doing this together at the earth day show several years ago. Live is even better. what a way to get introduced to the indigos! (mike was great as well):clap: :notworthy:
Originally Posted by breckwitte: I don't think it's Michael Stipe. I'm pretty sure it's Brian Sipe (common mistake).
No, it's Michael Stipe for sure. They are fellow Atlantian's and he helped them out with their first major label release. :)
Originally Posted by Blarg: I still love this tune, even after more than a dozen years. Michael Stipe's voice adds that bit of texture which turns this song into a nice big slice of baklava. Blarg
I don't think it's Michael Stipe. I'm pretty sure it's Brian Sipe (common mistake).
I know this isn\'t what anyone wants to hear, but this reminds me of a Styx ballad - or any tune that a 70\'s hair band played when they wanted to sound \"sensitive.\" Is that so wrong? :??:
This is one of the best songs to hear them play live. The audience always sings the Michael Stipe part and it\'s so cool!!! They can do no wrong by me.. and this older stuff is so near and dear to my heart. I love it.
I still love this tune, even after more than a dozen years. Michael Stipe's voice adds that bit of texture which turns this song into a nice big slice of baklava. Blarg
Haven\'t heard this one in a long long time. I really enjoyed IG\'s earlier stuff. Their newer stuff seems to lack that energy. Oh, I had forgotten that Michael Stipe was on this tune. \'tis a good blend of voices.
Brings back memories of the time when my wife and I had just started dating. For that alone, it gets a 9.