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Emmylou Harris — Every Grain of Sand
Album: Wrecking Ball
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6.2

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Total ratings: 338









Released: 1995
Length: 3:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There's a dyin' voice within me reaching out somewhere,
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake,
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break.
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand
In every leaf that trembles and, in every grain of sand.

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear,
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer.
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay.

I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name.
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand.

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintry light,
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space,
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face.

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there's someone there, other times it's only me.
I am hanging in the balance of a perfect finished plan
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand...
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One of Dylan's most poignant songs. At least I think it's the same song. It hard to hear over the noisy drummer.
Oooh the times, they are a-changiiiiiin'...
No... No one?!
From Kalamity Jane film. Ridicoulus
Any of Emmy lous songs should be 8 or above
 TerryS wrote:
Her voice is not my favorite, just like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, John Hiatt and many others, but damnit, I just have to listen to her       and them.

 

Dylan.
Great song from a great album.  Lanois is a genius!
one of the greatest hymns ever, IMO. dylan wrote some good stuff during his born-again days. 


madison cunningham's version
This is an incredible meditation on the Christian myth. Agnosticism be damned, I love it. 

You know who knocks this out of the ball park? Nana Mouskouri
I would suspect this is a 6 because Dylan's original has a heft to the phrasing that EmmyLou can't match. Not to mention that harmonica instrumental in Dylan's original....
I know who it is from just the first few words!!
This is rated a 6? Hard to understand for such a superb effort. 
 terrapin52 wrote:
I'm not sure what they were trying to do with this song.  It's the 21st century for cripes sake!

 
eh?
Yet another dirge from ELH.    She has some great songs in her catalogue.  
I felt every Grain of Sand grinding at my eardrums.
I really have loved Emmylou's work through the years. She just keeps getting better, and now she's writing her own material. God bless her!

And Bill's following this up with Dylan doing his own work! Wow! A great day! {#Clap}
What a great singer writer talent. 
Her voice is not my favorite, just like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, John Hiatt and many others, but damnit, I just have to listen to her          and them.

I'm not sure what they were trying to do with this song.  It's the 21st century for cripes sake!
I. Love. Her.
 BigIslandBlues wrote:
Another great song from a solid album.
 

agreed
Another great song from a solid album.