Hammer and a Nail Lyrics

Indigo Girls


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Emily Ann Saliers
album: No. 7 track in album Nomads - Indians - Saints
release date: 1990-9-25
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length: 3:51
engineer: Scott Litt
accordion: Benmont Tench, Peter Holsapple
acoustic guitar: Amy Ray, Emily Saliers
percussion: Paulinho da Costa
drums: Kenny Aronoff
bass: Sara Lee
producer: Scott Litt
other vocals: Mary Chapin Carpenter
vocal: Amy Ray, Emily Saliers

Cover Art


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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
From a chin in a hand in a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

I had a lot of good intentions
Sit around for fifty years and then collect a pension,
Started seeing the road to hell and just where it starts
But my life is more than a vision
The sweetest part is acting after making a decision
I started seeing the whole as a sum of its parts

My life is part of the global life
I'd found myself becoming more immobile
When I'd think a little girl in the world can't do anything.
A distant nation my community
A street person my responsibility
If I have a care in the world I have a gift to bring.

Track Listing

  • 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