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Emmylou Harris — The Pearl
Album: Red Dirt Girl
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:51
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O the dragons are gonna fly tonight
They're circling low and inside tonight
It's another round in the losing fight
Out along the great divide tonight.

We are aging soldiers in an ancient war
Seeking out some half-remembered shore
We drink our fill and still we thirst for more
Asking 'if there's no heaven, what is this hunger for?'

Our path is worn, our feet are poorly shod
We lift up our prayer against the odds
And fear the silence is the voice of God, of God, of God.

And we cry alleluia, alleluia
We cry alleluia.

Sorrow is constant and the joys are brief
The seasons come and bring no sweet relief
Time is a brutal but a careless thief
Who takes our lot but leaves behind the grief.

It is the heart that kills us in the end
Just one more old broken bone that cannot mend
As it was now and ever shall be, amen, amen, amen

And we cry alleluia, alleluia
We cry alleluia.

So there'll be no guiding light for you and me
We are not sailors lost out on the sea
We were always headed toward eternity
Hoping for a glimpse of Galilee.

Like falling stars from the universe we are hurled
Down through the long loneliness of the world
Until we behold the pain, become the pearl, the pearl, the pearl
Cryin' alleluia, hallelujah
We cry alleluia.

We cry alleluia, alleluia
We cry alleluia

We cry alleluia, alleluia
We cry alleluia
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Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band play the Karen Brook/Hank DeVito song "Tennessee Rose" Live (1982):
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OUjOWuKs7k



This is the first song I\'ve heard on RP that makes me feel like it will end as soon as I turn around and hit the gong.
I\'ve long been an Emmylou Harris fan, but Red Dirt Girl is probably my favorite, simply because it seems to me that she invested more of herself in this album. (I believe she wrote or co-wrote a few of the songs.) Her stuff has a heck of a lot more feeling and spirit than the vast majority of the \"music\" played on mainstream radio. RP will never hear any complaints from me about playing Emmylou.
Red Dirt Girl has to be one of the worst recorded albums I have ever heard. I have to assume the effect is intentional, but its purpose is lost on me.
Emmylou has such a beautiful voice, it\'s a shame to have shrouded in so much electronic modification.
Emmylou can do anything she wants to.
This is simply beautiful music. Enjoy it, don\'t bash the words. Thanks, Bill.