"Tried To Be True" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
From baby to best with no second test,
Little storms destroy you.

Here is the fame they promised to give you,
Taking the place of my hand now.

Did you try to be true?
What separates me from you?
What separates me from you now?

Did you borrow the soul
The soul that you sell now?
What does your conscience tell you?
Where are the demons
Of your desire?
Why does my love destroy you?

I said I tried to be true,
What separates me from you.
I said I tried, tried to be true
What separates me from you.
What separates me from you now?

So where is the fame,
Where is the fortune?
Where is the world that denies you?
Who is to blame,
When my heart finally forfeits
To a road that will only misguide you?

Did we try to be true?
What separates me from you?
Did we try, try to be true?
What separates me from you

I bought my love a hunger
More precious than a stone.
All these fatal flowers,
Did I misguide you?
(Where is the world that denies you)
(Tried to be true)


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"Tried to Be True" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General CommentAbout the struggle for artistic integrity.
    Smokleron July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is also about Michelle Malone, whom Amy dated for some time, not sure how long. Malone had just gotten a big record deal with a major label, Arista, that tried to change her - Ray was commenting on this. later Malone dropped the contract and went out on her own, and stated that the label tried change her into a more commercially appealing cliche - I would also assume that being closeted was an issue that all music artists struggled with at the time. Even Indigo Girls were semi-closeted, even though they never admitted it - it was a don't ask don't tell issue.
    greenjayon August 21, 2012   Link

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