lifeblood: socs

soc, or stream of conscious, is a term adopted by fans to describe free-form lyrics frequently performed by amy ray in the 1980s and 1990s. these improv lyrics were often preceeded or followed by incredible guitar work by emily saliers, and if you listen closely in some cases she would add a subtle guitar cue to help amy come back to the present. songs during which socs were performed included "along the watchtower", "pushing the needle to far", "god in heaven" (when amy has guested with the ellen james society), "touch me fall", "chickenman", and "scooter boys". in addition to the audio links, some of the pages below include transcriptions that were done by the members of the unofficial indigo girls e-mail list back in the day. enjoy : )


1989-05-23: all along the watchtower (the roxy - los angeles, california)

1990-10-21: pushing the needle too far (the paramount theater - denver, colorado)
1990-10-22: pushing the needle too far (the paramount theater - denver, colorado)

1993-08-22: all along the watchtower (autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead))

1994-08-07: touch me fall (the newport folk festival - newport, rhode island)
1994-08-13: touch me fall (red rocks amphitheater - morrison, colorado)
1994-09-03: touch me fall (the woodlands - woodlands, texas)
1994-10-14: chickenman (rochester auditorium - rochester, new york)
1994-11-22: chickenman (shepard's bush empire - london, england)
1994-12-20: chickenman (symphony hall - atlanta, georgia)

1995-02-07: chickenman (gaillard auditorium - charleston, south carolina)
1995-02-22: chickenman (concert hall - brisbane, australia)
1995-02-24: chickenman (state theatre - sydney, australia)
1995-03-24: chickenman (the backyard - austin, texas)
1995-04-12: chickenman (convocation center, ohio university - athens, ohio)
1995-04-15: chickenman (warner theater - erie, pennsylvania)
1995-04-24: chickenman (the palace - new haven, connecticut)
1995-04-25: chickenman (mid-hudson civic center - poughkeepsie, new york)
1995-04-26: chickenman (the tower theater - philadelphia, pennsylvania)

1997-12-14: scooter boys (the orpheum - boston, massachusetts (wand benefit))

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