18 November 2008

Words for Wednesday: Least Complicated

"Least Complicated" is on the Indigo Girls 1994 album "Swamp Ophelia" and I have been faithfully adding it to mixes (tape, then CD, now iPod playlists) since I first heard the song and bought the CD.

What is more true than the line "The hardest to learn was the least complicated" ? Especially in matters of love as this song pertains, but isn't it that way with everything? I can't count the moments of my life where I acted such a fool hoping for something despite the fact that the truth was plain to see and clearly that truth did not involve my hopes. Hoping that boy liked me, really liked me. Hoping that job would be offered. Hoping that just a little bit of good luck would come my way this one time, despite all signs to the contrary. Oh how those things hurt. And you would think that the hurt would help you to not make the same mistakes over and over, but in some things, you think you can make it happen this one time and "start clean slated."


Least Complicated
by The Indigo Girls

I sit two stories above the street
Its awful quiet here since love fell asleep
There's life down below me though
The kids are walking home from school

Some long ago when we were taught
That for whatever kind of puzzle you got
You just stick the right formula in
A solution for every fool

I remember the time when I came so close to you
Sent me skipping my class and running from school
And I bought you that ring cause I never was cool
What makes me think I could start clean slated
The hardest to learn was the least complicated

So I just sit up in the house and resist
And not be seen until I cease to exist
A kind of conscientious objection
A kind of dodging the draft

The boy and girl are holding hands on the street
And I don't want to but I think you just wait
Its more than just eye to eye
Learn the things I could never apply

I remember the time when I came so close with you
I let everything go it seemed the only truth
And I bought you that ring, it seemed the thing to do

What makes me think I could start clean slated
The hardest to learn was the least complicated
So what makes me think I could start clean slated
The hardest to learn was the least complicated

I'm just a mirror of a mirror myself
All the things that I do
And the next time I fall I'm gonna have to recall
Its isn't love its only something new

I sit two stories above the street
Its awful quiet here since love fell asleep
There's life down below me though
The kids are walking home from school

Im remember the time when I came so close with you
Sent me skipping my class and running from school
And I bought you that ring cause I never was cool

What makes me think I could start clean slated
The hardest to learn was the least complicated
So what makes me think I could start clean slated
The hardest to learn was the least complicated
The least complicated
The least complicated

2 comments:

Emily Barton said...

The Indigo Girls have such great lyrics, don't they? Great choice, from all of theirs to choose from.

sarawithnoh said...

I haven't heard this song since college. You totally took me back this afternoon. I love this song!!