Song Lyric Sunday (8/19/18) – Fear

Helen’s prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is the word fear. It is a little bit interesting that I was looking up some songs earlier in the week to see what I might post depending on the prompt. This is a band I specifically went to, and this is one of the songs I was hoping to feature.

My selection for this week is a song by two women that I really liked. I loved this album and played the hell out of it in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but I will admit that I stopped following them through no fault of their own. These two women have voices that were made to harmonize. Interestingly, one of them attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans..

Here is what Amy Ray says about this song:

Amy Ray: “‘Kid Fears’ is about the difficulty of growing up, getting into a world where people know where your hiding places are and what your secrets are. In the third verse, when I say ‘Skipping stones/We know the price now,’ that’s specifically about the music industry. I used the image of skipping stones because the flatter and smoother the stone is, the better it skips and the more spin you put on it the farther it goes. When I say smooth, I’m talking about being polished and dressing right. ‘We know the price now/Any sin will do’ – there’s a lot of things you can do to get further in the industry, and a lot of them, to me, are sins, because they’re compromises. I stick to principles too much. I have a real short temper and tend to be outspoken. It’s like, one person says something like ‘Oh, when the paychecks start rolling in you’ll change your mind about that,’ can make you say ‘Well f*ck you, because I’m never going to change, I’m always going to feel this way and I know I am.’ You have to be really strong, and remember that you’re getting to play and that’s really what you want to do.”

Here , from the Indigo Girls, is the song Kid Fears. As you listen, you will notice that it features backing vocals by Michael Stipe from R.E.M.

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?
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?
What would you give for your
Kid fears?

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

Are you on fire,
From the years?
What would you give for your
Kid fears?

Replace the rent with the stars above.
Replace the need with love.

Replace the anger with the tide.
Replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love.

Replace the rent with the stars above.
Replace the need with love.

Replace the anger with the tide.
Replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love.

Are you on fire,
From the years?
What would you give for your
Kid fears?

Replace the rent with the stars above.
Replace the need with love.

Replace the anger with the tide.
Replace the ones, the ones, the ones, that you love.

Writer(s): Amy Elizabeth Ray

26 comments

    1. This is actually the first one I heard. I used to host a weekly music/comedy radio show when I went back to college. I was fortunate enough to get records sent to me by independent labels, and this was one of the first albums they sent me.

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