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Emmylou Harris — Wrecking Ball
Album: Wrecking Ball
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 3
My life's an open book, you read it on the radio
We've got no where to hide, we got no where to go
But' if you still decide you want to take a ride.

Meet me at the Wrecking ball
Wrecking Ball, I'll wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight
Meet me at the Wrecking Ball
Wrecking Ball, I'll wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight.

I see smokey eyes right across the bar
I've seen that look before shining from star to star
Though I can't take that change
If you've got time for one dance.

The restless line of cars goes stretching down the road
But I won't telephone cause you might say hello
What is it makes me feel this way
What is it makes me want to say...
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 MachinistNL wrote:
Can’t stand this song. Just wanted to share that.
 

Not a big fan of Emmylou in general. I find her vocal style pretty obnoxious... definite PSD over here.
 MachinistNL wrote:
Can’t stand this song. Just wanted to share that.
 
I agree, and it's the 2nd time it's been played today! Dreary and plodding
 MachinistNL wrote:
Can’t stand this song. Just wanted to share that.
 
I'm with you.  It's horrible, and played very regularly!
Can’t stand this song. Just wanted to share that.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
the voice of an angel
{#Heartkiss}

 
ahh NO
 hallogallo wrote:

I do love Emmylou and she gives a very good accounting of herself on the Neil Young title track here.

Wrecking Ball is a great - perhaps underappreciated - album of great cover tunes;

 - Blackhawk (Daniel Lanois)
 - May This Be Love (Hendrix)
 - Orphan Girl (Gillian Welsh)
 - Goodbye (Steve Earle) 
 


 
Lanois also wrote Where Will I Be? and co-wrote Deeper Well. 
Bob Dylan - Every Grain of Sand
Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World

Daniel Lanois definitely breathed new life into her career with this album. 
Hearing this beautiful, haunting melody makes me realize how much I'd prefer
to hear the original Neil Young version instead.
I really love this era of Emmylou with Daniel Lanois at the producing helm....
the voice of an angel
{#Heartkiss}
 Jota wrote:

She has a voice in the way a seagull has one.

 
And Bob Dylan is the greatest tenor of all times, too.
 Jota wrote:

She has a voice in the way a seagull has one.

 
And this from someone who gives the Smashing Pumpkins 9's.  {#Beat}
Seriously? This is one of my favorite songs ever, so haunting and beautifull! I love Neil's version of his song, But Emmylou nails it as well, especially with Neil in the background!
 BKardon wrote:
Emmylou doesn't have a voice? 


Jota wrote:
Sounds like someone who is trying to sound like they have a voice but doesn't.

 

 
She has a voice in the way a seagull has one.
 boxofrain wrote:
Neil wrote this and he's the only one who can deliver this song correctly.  Sorry Emmylou.

 
I concur.
Yes, yes you will.
 

Narocircus wrote:


 


Neil wrote this and he's the only one who can deliver this song correctly.  Sorry Emmylou.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
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Forgive me, RP community.
I'm sure I will burn in hell for this crime against good taste.  ; )

 


 Gerry941 wrote:
Agreed, she doesn't here

 


 BKardon wrote:
Emmylou doesn't have a voice? 


Jota wrote:
Sounds like someone who is trying to sound like they have a voice but doesn't.

 

 


Emmylou doesn't have a voice? 


Jota wrote:
Sounds like someone who is trying to sound like they have a voice but doesn't.

 


Sounds like someone who is trying to sound like they have a voice but doesn't.
Doesn't do much for me. Sounds whiney  monotonous and very repetitive
Love your graphic and the song. on the beach! 


I do love Emmylou and she gives a very good accounting of herself on the Neil Young title track here.

Wrecking Ball is a great - perhaps underappreciated - album of great cover tunes;

 - Blackhawk (Daniel Lanois)
 - May This Be Love (Hendrix)
 - Orphan Girl (Gillian Welsh)
 - Goodbye (Steve Earle) 
 


An unsubtle video, in the vein of you-know-who, might help this song quite a bit...
"eat me like a rack of bones"
If only Bill would follow this with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball".....
Great segue Bill.... from AfroCelts... ran into the intro on this seamlessly.. 
 
Emmylou Harris is an American treasure
 MrsTom wrote:
A bit whiny. Is she talking to Miley Cyrus I wonder?
 
Well, Ms. Cyrus was 3 when this was released — so I'd guess 'no' :-)
Not her best.
A bit whiny. Is she talking to Miley Cyrus I wonder?
Drony, dreamy, and not that great. Neil did it much better.
make it end... :stop:
Wow, this is really... uh... bad.
frednic wrote:
Oh man! You made me laugh. I'm a big Emmy fan. I can see how this might grate on some ears. I've been listening to Emmy and Neil for over 30 years so maybe it's an acquired taste. :roflol:
I never heard her before, but clicked on her name cuz I liked it so much...
Oh man! You made me laugh. I'm a big Emmy fan. I can see how this might grate on some ears. I've been listening to Emmy and Neil for over 30 years so maybe it's an acquired taste. :roflol: grassfolk420 wrote:
Oh Supreme Being that may or may not exist...save me from this hell! :puke:
Just plain awful :sick:
radiojunkie wrote:
Ethereal is the word for it. :music:
i agree - love her voice - song is great -
Yucky.
Oh Supreme Being that may or may not exist...save me from this hell! :puke:
you've REALLY gotta get the Neil Young version of this a little airtime.....
Not my fave of hers...
querulousness
Least accessible song on a great album.
Cannot.Stand.This.Song. Hate her voice on it. Hate it.
Like Emmylou - don't like this song. :-(
Beautiful song. Emmylou's voice gives, in my opinion, a haunting desperation to the song.
Emmylou Harris is a goddess. Superb Daniel Lanois production on this album, and nice Neil Young song here.
Tis true... Neil gets all lyrical credit for this song (at least with all the info I could obtain online) As a late-blooming, yet well-versed and dedicated "Rustie", I recognized the connection almost immediately. Good call, Pope!!! pope183 wrote:
mm hmm Neil simply says " Meet me at the wrecking ball Wrecking ball Wear something pretty and white And we'll go dancin' tonight " yup
boileymon wrote:
It was a Neil Young composition on "Freedom" which came out in 1989. I think originally the pronoun in question was 2nd person. This is one of Neil's strongest CD's.
mm hmm Neil simply says " Meet me at the wrecking ball Wrecking ball Wear something pretty and white And we'll go dancin' tonight " yup
trempel wrote:
I'm not so sure it was a Niel original either.
It was a Neil Young composition on "Freedom" which came out in 1989. I think originally the pronoun in question was 2nd person. This is one of Neil's strongest CD's.
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Excuse my ignorance, but if this is Neil's song, did he originally sing "I'll wear something pretty?" The mind boggles.
I'm not so sure it was a Niel original either.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Love the Neil original much better...not a fan of this lady...but it's a beautiful song, but she just doesn't lend the smoothness to it that's needed for such a song.
Excuse my ignorance, but if this is Neil's song, did he originally sing "I'll wear something pretty?" The mind boggles.
Friend wrote:
Meet me at the wrecking ball...I'll wear something pretty? Is this a trailer trash date? Am I missing some crucial context here?
what? who doesn't bring dates to the junkyard? you're totally missing out.
This is the very definition of eclectic! Just love it, her vocals would break your heart... For the record, I'm a Neil Young fan, but credit where credit is due. I like this better. There's a fragility to the vocals Neil can't even reach.
this is NOT music to my ears
Love the Neil original much better...not a fan of this lady...but it's a beautiful song, but she just doesn't lend the smoothness to it that's needed for such a song.
From an incredible album.
Ethereal is the word for it. :music:
haunting, I like it..
stripes wrote:
This makes me feel suicidal.. :beat:
Ah! So it makes you feel. Isn't that what art is supposed to do?
Meet me at the wrecking ball...I'll wear something pretty? Is this a trailer trash date? Am I missing some crucial context here?
pilgrim wrote:
yep, jus got a taste of the meself It's tough beat many/most of Mr. Goldsmith's segues
He's got a gift, ain't he?
LaChinchon wrote:
Holy, bat guano! I love Neil's original, but this cover is the very definition of sacrilege. There must be some FCC regulation prohibiting this. Fines double with every repeated assault. :puke:
Neil is singing back-up harmony, so he must like this version, wouldn't ya think?
Sweet and haunting.
CruzanBits wrote:
All right, whoever noticed that this is the same song as "Riviera" by Big Head Todd and programmed 'em together is a genius! Bill?
yep, jus got a taste of the meself It's tough beat many/most of Mr. Goldsmith's segues
llazare wrote:
Love this album. Love the Daniel Lanois Emmylou combination. This is an amazing album start to finish.
Amen to that. This is one of my least favorite tracks off the CD, which makes it merely outstanding. :notworthy: It's impossible to say what my favorite is because there's so much great music on Wrecking Ball, but let's just say I wouldn't be upset to hear her version of Jimi Hendrix' "May This Be Love" on RP. 8)
Love this album. Love the Daniel Lanois Emmylou combination. This is an amazing album start to finish. I finally got to see Emmylou live last winter at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and I got the chills.
All right, whoever noticed that this is the same song as "Riviera" by Big Head Todd and programmed 'em together is a genius! Bill?
Duncan54 wrote:
Liner notes from the Wrecking Ball CD, Neil Young: Harmony Vocals. Love the song, Love the whole CD, Love Emmylou Harris.
Ditto. Don't forget LOVE Daniel Lanois!
Liner notes from the Wrecking Ball CD, Neil Young: Harmony Vocals. Love the song, Love the whole CD, Love Emmylou Harris.
Wow...a version of this song that makes Neil's version almost palatable. (Not all that fond of Neil's version, either.) I know Emmylou is capable of much better. (And the Neil-bashing is just me--I know lots of other folks like him very much.) #-o
Too much negativity, man. This is a great cover of a great song off a great album by a great artist. :butt:
bigpomp wrote:
This whole album is fantastic. Who'd a thought combining Emmylou and Daniel Lanois would have turned out soooo cool?
I agree this is an exceptionally beautiful album, especially "can't remember if we said goodbye."
Holy, bat guano! I love Neil's original, but this cover is the very definition of sacrilege. There must be some FCC regulation prohibiting this. Fines double with every repeated assault. :puke:
go ahead, say "wear something pretty" again horrible
annoying.
KevDog wrote:
Why did Emmylou think she had to actually attempt to mimic Neil Young's voice to do this cover? Bad judgment, babe. But I still love you.
That's no mimic, that's Neil himself doing the background.
Beat me with a wrecking ball, A wrecking ball. Or I'm gonna put up a fight, Just don't play this song tonight.
i can't stand this song. whiny vocals do NOT please me in the slightest.
This whole album is fantastic. Who'd a thought combining Emmylou and Daniel Lanois would have turned out soooo cool?
This makes me feel suicidal.. :beat:
Excellent song. It\'s so short though that it leaves you wanting more.
Emmylou Harris isn\'t a country star... she\'s a folk sensation. very nice.
Definitely love the haunting quality her voice lends to this song. Great cover! :clap:
Pure listening misery. I don\'t know much Emmylou, but it can\'t all be like this, surely...
Whew! Such a response to Emmylou. I\'ve always liked her, and I like this version too.
Sometimes you just need a fast forward button...
Imagine my suprise when I saw that singing this song was Emmylou Harris!! Doesn\'t sound like her, to me! Not one of her best at all. :eek: pbm 8^)
This song is absolutely painful to listen to... I thought it might grow on me but it definitely hasn't. It just gets worse everytime I hear it.
Where\'s my razor? Got some wrists to slit.
Don\'t know to much about Emmylou, or if I like her. I don\'t like this song though.
Great song, and I think Emmylou\'s voice is absolutely fantastic. Strained? Tt.
This is a really neat departure for Emmylou Harris. It\'s a nice touch having Neil Young back up his pen. This album is one of the few I have from Emmylou Harris, and still see it as a nice departure from her norm. Nice tune. Thank for playing it.
play neils version...no play the whole album
I have to agree with some of the comments here. This song needs to get in the way of the wrecking ball. I like Emmylou n\'all, but this song is wrong.
If this song were played to Prisoners of War, it would violate the Geneva Convention. Please make it go away!
I second that! Give this song the wrecking ball!!!
Why did Emmylou think she had to actually attempt to mimic Neil Young\'s voice to do this cover? Bad judgment, babe. But I still love you.
Please give this song the wrecking ball!!!!!!! :evil:
His ears are bleeding...
Hey Emmylou, I\'ll meet you at the Wrecking Ball. Just one thing - please remember to bring this song.
My dog likes this tune....
Hmmm....