Hammer and a Nail Song Lyrics

Indigo Girls

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Clearing webs from the hovel
A blistered hand on the handle of a shovel
I've been digging too deep, I always do.
I see my fate on the surface
I look a lot like Narcissus
A dark abyss of an emptiness
Standing on the edge of a drowning blue.

I look behind my ears for the green
Even my sweat smells clean
Glare off the white hurts my eyes.
Gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself into jail
Now I know a refuge never grows

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Hammer and a Nail
  • 2 Welcome Me
  • 3 World Falls
  • 4 Southland in the Springtime
  • 5 1 2 3
  • 6 Keeper of My Heart
  • 7 Watershed
  • 8 Hand Me Downs
  • 9 You and Me of the 10,000 Wars
  • 10 Pushing the Needle Too Far
  • 11 The Girl With the Weight of the World in Her Hands


  • credits


    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Emily Ann Saliers
    album: Track 1 in album Nomads - Indians - Saints
    release date: 1990-9-25
    popularity : 56 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:51
    producer: Scott Litt
    drums: Kenny Aronoff
    vocal: Emily Saliers and Amy Ray
    engineer: Scott Litt
    bass: Sara Lee
    acoustic guitar: Emily Saliers and Amy Ray
    accordion: Peter Holsapple and Benmont Tench
    percussion: Paulinho da Costa
    other vocals: Mary Chapin Carpenter
    composer: Emily Saliers
    lyricist: Emily Saliers

    Album Information

    label: Epic
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074644682021
    script: Latin