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Emmylou Harris — The Road
Album: Hard Bargain
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Released: 2011
Length: 5:20
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I can still remember every song you played
Long ago when we were younger and we rocked the night away.

How could I see a future then, where you would not grow old?
Such fire in our belly, such a hunger in souls.

I guess I've grown to love you in those words so often tired
Seen that we were traveling under some old lucky sign

I know I didn't say it then and no one was to blame
But the road we shared together once will never be the same.

Hey all along the way
Won't be coming round again. Hey was a song I played. And on the wings of a song, I'll fly away.

I wondered in the wilderness for a while I was so lost.
To everything there is a season and every blessing has it's cost.

So I took what you left to me and put it to some use
When looking for an answer with those three chords and the truth.

I come down from the moutain I come walking in your shoes.
I was taken for a glambler when I had no more to loose

For he put me on that path and how could I refuse.
And I would spend my whole life out here working on the blues.

Hey... Ay Hey. Hey. Ay. Hey. Heeeeeeeeey.

So I carried on, you can't be haunted by the past.
People come people, go and nothing ever lasts.

But I still think about you wonder where you are.
Can you see me from some place up there among the stars?

But down here under heaven there never was a chart
To guide our way accross this crooked highway of the (part?)

And if it's only all about the journy in the end
On that road I'm glad I came to know my old friend.

Hey all along the way
Won't be coming round again. Hey was a song I played. And on the wings of a song, I'll fly away. I'll fly away.
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 kingart wrote:

Aside from the questionable or very arguable quality or validity of your opinion (it's not a fiction or an allegory as many songs are, but an autobiographical song about Emmy Lou's relationship with a great American songwriter), the word "moribund" is also suspect. I think you do not mean this, as the word fits oddly or not at all into the context of what you have stated. 

1. At the point of death or dying; 2. Approaching extinction; coming to an end; a moribund enterprise. - Funk & Wagnalls 

I think you may instead mean morbid. Even that does not seem right.
1. Taking or showing an excessive interest in matters of a gruesome or unwholesome nature; being in an abnormally impressionable state of mind. 

You can use whatever language you want. But if it doesn't paint the point, why speak write at all?
In any vocabulary, however, Emmy Lou crafted a very lovely song. Sorry, but your comment is mordant. 

 

  No, I meant moribund.

 Zoonhollis wrote:
More sappy nonsense that Bill seems to be quite fond of. Jesus, play something less moribund, I beg you.

 
Aside from the questionable or very arguable quality or validity of your opinion (it's not a fiction or an allegory as many songs are, but an autobiographical song about Emmy Lou's relationship with a great American songwriter), the word "moribund" is also suspect. I think you do not mean this, as the word fits oddly or not at all into the context of what you have stated. 

1. At the point of death or dying; 2. Approaching extinction; coming to an end; a moribund enterprise. - Funk & Wagnalls 

I think you may instead mean morbid. Even that does not seem right.
1. Taking or showing an excessive interest in matters of a gruesome or unwholesome nature; being in an abnormally impressionable state of mind. 

You can use whatever language you want. But if it doesn't paint the point, why speak write at all?
In any vocabulary, however, Emmy Lou crafted a very lovely song. Sorry, but your comment is mordant. 

 
An eloquent goodbye.
 Pearls before swine as the saying goes.

goozer321 wrote:
Fucking self-indulgent preaching home-cooked-wisdom bollocks.

 


 LizK wrote:
Bet you regret that comment now. 
 
Brutal. But he deserved it.
 goozer321 wrote:
Fucking self-indulgent preaching home-cooked-wisdom bollocks.

 
Wow..  must have struck a deep personal cord!  You might try the Abe Lincoln thing of not sending out a letter until the next day.  Many never got sent.  I really enjoyed the song, personally.  But I guess I was too busy at my desk to listen to the words.  What are bollocks?
 goozer321 wrote:
Fucking self-indulgent preaching home-cooked-wisdom bollocks.

Puh-leeze.  Opinions are cool, but ad hominem BS is not . You have no idea  what creative process (or not) resulted in this (fine) song.


Fucking self-indulgent preaching home-cooked-wisdom bollocks.
 Fiji5555 wrote:

Yeah she sort of screwed up her personal life by hanging onto this guy for far too long.  If he had lived till today, she probably would have discovered he wasn't "all that".
 
To the best of my knowledge, they were never in a personal relationship. Partners in music and friends-yes. He was her mentor and maybe she just wishes they had had more time together, given his influence. But yeah, if they had ever moved onto the next level, she might have decided he wasn't "all that."

I like this tune. First one of hers I've liked since Wrecking Ball and maybe something off Red Dirt Girl. 
emmylou is an angel
well i guess everybody knows that 
 Zoonhollis wrote:
More sappy nonsense that Bill seems to be quite fond of. Jesus, play something less moribund, I beg you.

 
Agreed, sadly.  Sap-factor 12!
More sappy nonsense that Bill seems to be quite fond of. Jesus, play something less moribund, I beg you.
 Rooney wrote:
I've loved Emmylou for years.  But I've grown a little tired of her mourning for Gram, musically.  Could you please do it in private now, Emmylou?  I mean, it has been, what?, 30 years.  And by the way, the drum in this song drives me nuts.  Very repetitive.  I'll give this a 5.  I've rated her songs in the 9 or 10's, but not this one. 

 
Yeah she sort of screwed up her personal life by hanging onto this guy for far too long.  If he had lived till today, she probably would have discovered he wasn't "all that".

Here's to Miss Emmylou Harris for this most wonderful song!  {#Cheers}

 Rooney wrote:
I've loved Emmylou for years.  But I've grown a little tired of her mourning for Gram, musically.  Could you please do it in private now, Emmylou?  I mean, it has been, what?, 30 years.  And by the way, the drum in this song drives me nuts.  Very repetitive.  I'll give this a 5.  I've rated her songs in the 9 or 10's, but not this one. 
 
He died on September 19, 1973.
Posted by: LizK  (Houston, Texas)
Jun 27, 2012 - 16:55   < Reply >
 Stingray wrote:

How could this be possible, unless they have speakers in hell!
 
Bet you regret that comment now. 

(best response EVER!!)
Luv you, Darlin'.
chills. song that cuts through. elemental heavenly soulful.
Geesh, Bill - Do you really want me sitting here crying?  Gimme a break.  sniff
I loves me some Emmylou once in a while...so soothing.  This song doesn't dissapoint :)
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that when I die, Emmylou Harris's music will follow me wherever I end up.
 
I really hope so Ann...
 Stingray wrote:

How could this be possible, unless they have speakers in hell!
 
Bet you regret that comment now. 
I've loved Emmylou for years.  But I've grown a little tired of her mourning for Gram, musically.  Could you please do it in private now, Emmylou?  I mean, it has been, what?, 30 years.  And by the way, the drum in this song drives me nuts.  Very repetitive.  I'll give this a 5.  I've rated her songs in the 9 or 10's, but not this one. 
Great picks this morning! Keep it up...{#Cheers}
She sure carries a torch for Gram, amazing after so long. True love really inspires.
Maybe a PERFECT song. 
It aint nothing but plain, terrible American KITSCH!
What a privilege it is to experience her art.
 cohifi wrote:
{#Hearteyes} Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that when I die, Emmylou Harris's music will follow me wherever I end up.
 
 
How could this be possible, unless they have speakers in hell!
Sounds like a cover of a U2 song that was never recorded. Especially during the chorus...
 arserocket wrote:
class act
 
ELH—Our Musical Treasure.
class act
 TerryS wrote:


Yep, that's why I  have 3 of her CD's, Wrecking Ball being my favorite. Still, I prefer 'this' voice over the 'other'
 
Amazing how she fits in to so many artists music, too!
 cohifi wrote:

Dude....the woman is a LEGEND......{#Chillpill}
 

Yep, that's why I  have 3 of her CD's, Wrecking Ball being my favorite. Still, I prefer 'this' voice over the 'other'
 TerryS wrote:
I like her lower register, more substantial that her soprano warble.
 
Dude....the woman is a LEGEND......{#Chillpill}
I like her lower register, more substantial that her soprano warble.
{#Hearteyes} Cynaera wrote:
I'm pretty sure that when I die, Emmylou Harris's music will follow me wherever I end up.
 


{#Notworthy}
Beyond the song, and Emmylou, I love the production on this, especially the guitar sounds and soundstage for the whole recording. Really well done. I always reach for my headphones when it comes on.
greattttttttt
When she hits those notes on the lyric "on the wings of a song / I fly away" she really makes me feel like flying away.  That is a truly great hook.


Pretty song but I swore it was a cover of U2 stuck in a moment...
Emmylou is wonderful, but THUNK, too much THUNK, drums, THUNK, THUNK, THUNK.


Thirding, fourthing that... it's kinda jarring for a song of this type.  Nice bridge though.


I'm pretty sure that when I die, Emmylou Harris's music will follow me wherever I end up.
I love this song! ;-)
...my world stands still when I hear her cover of "Pancho and Lefty". My most favorite ELH song to date.

 LizK wrote:
Emmylou is wonderful, but THUNK, too much THUNK, drums, THUNK, THUNK, THUNK.
 
Exactly! Love the song, hate the "thunk" - noise heard too often, unfortunately.


 
The drum and the rhytmic guitar sounds very much like "crazy horse" (N Young's band) ...
Emmylou—Our Musical Treasure. I just Wiki'd her and her output, collaboration, and contribution to music is truly remarkable.
One more great song from Emmylou—I love it.
A tender glance over the shoulder.

Emmylou is wonderful, but THUNK, too much THUNK, drums, THUNK, THUNK, THUNK.
Back to back with Patty Griffin's "Goodbye"
Two powerful and beautiful songs about loss
I want to love it.... but I'm not.
I never thought much of Emmylou but I just love her new LP.

THANKS to Bill & Co
Hard to ask for a more beautiful or deeply felt song. 
 salzburg4321 wrote:
A song for those of us old enough or wise enough to reflect, and appreciate the mystery of mortality.
 

Mortality isn't much of a mystery.
A song for those of us old enough or wise enough to reflect, and appreciate the mystery of mortality.
What a lovely song, thanks.
This is great

Rocks like buttah
Not until reading Keith Richard's memoir did this song hit home for me. 
 
Is good.  10 !
I can still remember just why I can't stand this...<mute>


Neil Young & Emmylou Harris - This Old Guitar

 

"This performance gave me goosebumps, raised the hairs on the back of my neck and made my eyes misty...Thank you for posting."       GRockBlues

"I think both John Denver and Neil young (both my faves) does justice and honour to their guitar."

"Incredible performance, Neil is the man that guitar is A piece of music history, Hank Williams and then Neil Young, damn. "       TheAngelus1898

"One of the best performances of a song that there is. Very soon after this show, Neil was scheduled for brain surgery and he did not know what his singing, playing, composing skills would be afterward, if any at all nor whether he would survive the surgery. Many artists would have canceled this show, but not Mr. Young. He's one of the very best."        indiana1fats




received signed lyrics of this song from Emmylou.
good to hear it on RP.
 BrokenArrow wrote:
God I love her voice
 

I'm just so happy it appears she has gotten her voice BACK.  She seemed so weak for years....now sounds back to her wonderful self.  Saw her on Letterman the other week....she was ROCKIN it!!!
God I love her voice
 Helchat wrote:
A nod to the Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons {#Angel}
 
From another angel, Emmylou.

Too melancholy for my iPod but I'll listen to and love it every time we get it here. 
 toterola wrote:
Emmylou Harris singing about Gram Parsons. It just don't get any better. {#Cheers}
 
Too true.

 Zimmerman84 wrote:
3 minutes I won't get back..
  

Truly a tradegy. The Presdint will now play the world's smallest violin jes fer you. 

George W. Bush holding a small violin 
"Play it once, Emmylou, shame...shame on you. Play it twice...won't get fooled again!"

(Psst, Zim: hit the mute button or change the %$*& station next time. Works like a charm. Cheers.)  



3 minutes I won't get back..

Love her, she´s been visiting Malmo at KB a couple of times, great.

The first time I heard this, I didn't think much of it for some reason. 

I'm liking it now.  Maybe it's the good headphones or something.

 Cynaera wrote:

And you'd recognize the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome HOW?  QUICK, MiracleDrug - how many fingers am I holding up??  And, can you even SING, much less "umm yodel"?  Ms. Harris has already transcended the likes of us idiots. I'm happy to bask in the glow of her voice.

 
I'm guessing one finger...  the middle one.

 toterola wrote:
Emmylou Harris singing about Gram Parsons. It just don't get any better. {#Cheers}
 
Yep.

{#Sleep}
Emmylou Harris singing about Gram Parsons. It just don't get any better. {#Cheers}
YES! Plz play more Emmylou! 'Too much of everything is just enough". I think Emmylou fits that category. 
Lovely song. I've been hearing Emmy Lou since the 1970s. Her songs are even more evocative now. 
Some listeners seem to dislike female vocalists in general.
 Cynaera wrote:

And you'd recognize the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome HOW?  QUICK, MiracleDrug - how many fingers am I holding up??  And, can you even SING, much less "umm yodel"?  Ms. Harris has already transcended the likes of us idiots. I'm happy to bask in the glow of her voice.

 
Ditto!  Couldn't have said it better.  :-)

 MiracleDrug wrote:
when she umm YODELS it sounds like she's suffering from post-concussion syndrome...QUICK Emmylou how many fingers am I holding up??

{#Stupid}
 
And you'd recognize the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome HOW?  QUICK, MiracleDrug - how many fingers am I holding up??  And, can you even SING, much less "umm yodel"?  Ms. Harris has already transcended the likes of us idiots. I'm happy to bask in the glow of her voice.

 MiracleDrug wrote:
when she umm YODELS it sounds like she's suffering from post-concussion syndrome...QUICK Emmylou how many fingers am I holding up??

{#Stupid}
 
What, exactly, is this "miracle drug" you consume?  Yodeling generally sounds like that - ask Bono.

 MiracleDrug wrote:
when she umm YODELS it sounds like she's suffering from post-concussion syndrome...QUICK Emmylou how many fingers am I holding up??

{#Stupid}
 
Hmm... :-(  Hey MiracleDrug, guess how many I'm holding up...  (It's between zero & two.)


Nice tune!
when she umm YODELS it sounds like she's suffering from post-concussion syndrome...QUICK Emmylou how many fingers am I holding up??

{#Stupid}
Emmylou Harris just keep on recording & releasing great music.  Gram Parsons would be ecstatic and so proud to know the heights she has reached in her own career as a songwriter, musician & singer. :-)  This woman is an American treasure!

What a fitting tribute to Graham Parsons.  Beautiful work, Emmylou... {#Clap}
A nod to the Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons {#Angel}
Was never the biggest fan of her but something about this really moves me...like it :)