"Love's Recovery" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
During the time of which I speak it was hard to turn the other cheek
To the blows of insecurity
Feeding the cancer of my intellect the blood of love soon neglected
Lay dying in the strength of its impurity
Meanwhile our friends we thought were so together
They've all gone and left each other in search of fairer weather
And we sit here in our storm and drink a toast
To the slim chance of love's recovery

There I am in younger days, star gazing
Painting picture perfect maps of how my life and love would be
Not counting the unmarked paths of misdirection
My compass, faith in love's perfection
I missed ten million miles of road I should have seen
Meanwhile our friends we thought were so together
Left each other one by one along the road of fairer weather
And we sit here in our storm and drink a toast
To the slim chance of love's recovery

Rain soaked and voice choked like silent screaming in a dream
I search for our absolute distinction
Not content to bow and bend
To the whims of culture that swoop like vultures
Eating us away, eating us away
Eating us away to our extinction
Oh how I wish I were a trinity, so if I lost a part of me
I'd still have two of the same to live
But nobody gets a lifetime rehearsal, as specks of dust we're universal
To let this love survive would be the greatest gift that we could give
Tell all the friends who think they're so together
That these are ghosts and mirages, all these thoughts of fairer weather
Though it's storming out I feel safe within the arms of love's discovery


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"Love's Recovery" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General Commentmy soft side is reflected between these lines

    I don't really care who you are, you can't deny this beauty
    T_D_Phoenixon June 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is truly an amazing song. The first few lines of both the second and fourth stanzas "There I am in younger days..." and "Oh how I wish I were a trinity..." hit about as close to home for me personally as any lyric I have ever heard.
    gkaiseron July 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song. It is so beautiful and seems like it could mean different things at different stages of life. Right now, as my husband and I watch friends end their marriage, it seems to be a reminder that happiness isn't something that comes of life being perfect. You have to be happy or content to be "in the storm" too.

    Feelings of romantic love are not a perpetual thing. They come and go, and solid relationships are the ones where the couple can accept as inevitable and work with the times when "The blood of love soon neglected, Lay dying in the strength of its impurity" so that you can make it through to "love's recovery."

    It's the mysterious question of why some long term relationships/marriages last and why some don't. This couple with their own struggles "search for [their] absolute distinction wondering what they have that the others don't that lets them carry on and still want to be together despite the bad times."

    They suggest that it is an illusion that one can live a life of perpetual "fairer weather" with the right person when the reality is that the storms are inevitable.
    Sylviedon January 20, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationOne of Indigo Girls best songs I think. One thing these girls have a great sense of is that meaningful relationships necessarily have down times as well as the obvious exciting wonderful moments.

    This is not just an observation song about watching relationships struggling around them, they also capture beautifully that it is the struggles that ultimately leads to the greatest discovering of what love actually is. So we make the best plans and have hopes when we venture out in the big wide world of love and friendship, but we soon discover that the 'fair weather' and plans based on 'picture perfect maps' just don't work out that way - that's not the reality of this thing we call life, we get blind-sided by all sorts of things. On top of that, the culture we live in doesn't always help:

    To the whims of culture that swoop like vultures
    Eating us away, eating us away
    Eating us away to our extinction

    Our culture presents this false image of 'perfection' in an individual and relational sense, expectations that can't possibly be met which pressures our sense of how things should be in our lives, ultimately eating at the very things that matter to us the most.

    The closing lines are just great:

    That these are ghosts and mirages, these thoughts of fairer weather
    Though it's storming out I feel safe within the arms of love's discovery

    The notion of forever 'fairer weather' is illusion, propped up by popular culture, and ultimately will lead us away from the very thing we seek. Rather, Love's discovering is found in riding the storms of life and relationship. It is this which ultimately gives our relationships and lives in general depth and significance.

    That's my take anyway.
    PapaJon December 02, 2014   Link

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