Wednesday, June 17, 2009


If you have the time, listen to Emmylou Harris sing a Bob Dylan song that R loved:

Every Grain Of Sand

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, 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 the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand.

Copyright ©1981 Special Rider Music

It's a song I love, too.


Anonymous said...

terrific song and cover. this version keeps lanois from cluttering up elh. thanks.kjm

mum said...

great song and I love the contrast between the two photos. (btw, I 'lifted' the photo of the geese on the water from your blog yesterday. Using it as my screen saver at the moment - the variety of blues in that shot is terrific.)

best, am.

am said...

kjm -- Want to thank you again for suggesting that I listen to the Emmylou Harris CD titled "All I Intended To Be."

mum -- Happy to hear that Bellingham Bay photo will have a run as a screen saver!

The Solitary Walker said...

I love Emmylou. Have seen her twice in the UK - when she played Leicester and Nottingham. Her cover of Dylan's classic is just great - from the 'Wrecking Ball' album, if memory serves.