Emmylou Harris — Deeper Well
Album: Wrecking Ball
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:15
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The sun burned hot, it burned my eyes
Burned so hot I thought I'd died
Thought I'd died and gone to hell
Lookin' for the water from a deeper well.

I went to the river but the river was dry
I fell to my knees an I looked to the sky
I looked to the sky and the spring rain fell
I saw the water from a deeper well.

Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well
Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well.

I was ready for love I was ready for the money
Ready for the blood and ready for the honey
Ready for the winnin', ready for the bell
Lookin' for the water from a deeper well.

I found some love and I found some money
Found that blood would drip from the honey
Found I had a thirst that I could not quell
Lookin' for the water from a deeper well.

Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well
Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well.

Well, I did it for kicks and I did it for faith
I did it for lust and I did it for hate
I did it for need and I did it for love
Addiction stayed on tight like a glove.

So I ran with the moon and I ran with the night
And the three of us were a terrible sight
Nipple to the bottle, to the gun, to the cell
To the bottom of a hole of a deeper well.

Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well
Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well.

I rocked with the cradle and I rolled with the rage
I shook those walls and I rattled that gage
I took my trouble down a deadend trail
Reachin' out a hand for a holier grail.

Hey, there mama did you carry that load
Did you tell your baby 'bout the bend in the road
'Bout the rebel yell 'bout the one that fell
Lookin' for the water from a deeper well.

Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well
Well, lookin for the water
From a deeper well...
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Is she a contralto?
 
Classy, classy lady and incredible musician. Not used to hearing her sing that low.
Can't believe this is more than 20 years old. D Lanois was great on this too.
I've never been a huge fan of Emmylou—I liked a few of her songs, but I LOVE this one!!  WOW
 rdo wrote:
{#Eek}wrecking ball?
 
Perhaps, but 2 octaves lower and a fuller, more compelling voice.
This made me stop and listen. Had not heard this version before. Very different from her fabulous SpyBoys album. Love this song! Agreed: she is a fabulous talent and has kept her career fresh by trying new things along the way. Heard her in concert years ago, would do so again if the chance arises. Twelve Grammys!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

There was also a recent photo to demonstrate that she is in fact still gorgeous, but that link was apparently broken.
Here's another:
...

 
Indeed. ELH, our national treasure, in 2013.

 Proclivities wrote:
Yes, she is, but that photo you posted is from 1978.
 
There was also a recent photo to demonstrate that she is in fact still gorgeous, but that link was apparently broken.
Here's another:
http://a2.files.biography.com/image/upload/c_fill,g_face,h_300,q_80,w_300/MTE4MDAzNDEwNzQwNDc5NTAy.jpg
This is THE album of hers that I really like, and this song is so cool.
10 for song, 10 for album, 10 for artist, 10 for album cover & 10 for producer

 
 Cynaera wrote:
Despite negative comments, I think this is a very valid song. Moreover, it just caught my attention while I was trying to an intelligent response to the question of why people fight.

I still don't have the answer to the question, but I do know that Emmylou Harris has all the answers. She just chooses to divulge those answers in her own sweet time. And she does it in her own sweet way.

 
What fantastic insight!
{#Eek}wrecking ball?
 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/231061.jpg

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Yes, she is, but that photo you posted is from 1978.


well well well...  this is a deep song...
 


Today I would like to pay my most deserved tribute simultaneously to two important personalities of traditional American folk music and universal, Woody Guthrie and Emmylou Harris, and in doing so, firmly, leaving here a video with title "Emmylou Harris singing "Hobo's Lullaby" (Woody Guthrie's tribute)". Just to also remember that Woody Guthrie guitar labeled "This Machine Kills Fascists".
This performance also features the collaboration of Sam Bush, playing American bluegrass mandolin. The song  "Hobo's Lullaby" was written by Goebel Reeves (1899-1959), a texan singer and songwriter.




Emmyloooooou I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu   She takes her Catahoula on tour with her.  I saw her playing w it backstage.  She's so amazing :)
i'm sure photoshop was involved in teh album, but I promise you, she is a smokin hot 65 yr old.  Still looks stunning and non-plastic.

 
Stingray wrote:

Not normal for a 65-year old to look as good as see does!

Photoshop...?

 


 copymonkey wrote:
An American Treasure.
Emmylou forgot more than the likes of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will ever know.
 
Maybe...but they have a lot of years ahead of them...don't write them off too soon.

Not normal for a 65-year old to look as good as see does!

Photoshop...?


 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/231061.jpghttp://www.clashmusic.com/files/imagecache/node_article_image/files/images/Emmylou-Harris.jpg

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I think she got better looking... certainly more striking!
 Cynaera wrote:
Despite negative comments, I think this is a very valid song. Moreover, it just caught my attention while I was trying to formuate an intelligent response to the question of why people fight.

I still don't have the answer to the question, but I do know that Emmylou Harris has all the answers. She just chooses to divulge those answers in her own sweet time. And she does it in her own sweet way.
 
Some people fight to protect... some to take from the weak... some to vent anger...  some to have fun...  and some just because they ain't got shit to do.
 
Despite negative comments, I think this is a very valid song. Moreover, it just caught my attention while I was trying to formuate an intelligent response to the question of why people fight.

I still don't have the answer to the question, but I do know that Emmylou Harris has all the answers. She just chooses to divulge those answers in her own sweet time. And she does it in her own sweet way.
 phlattop wrote:
This, to me, is one of the weaker songs off a terrific record, one of the best of the 90s. Good to see a number of other superior tracks from Wrecking Ball played on RP.
 
I agree—Wrecking Ball is an incredible album but this is a marginal song in comparison to the others.
casey1024 wrote:
That depends entirely on what you think music is. Dolly Parton may be not on par w/Emmylou as a SINGER, but she is an amazing songwriter and lyricist.
And an extremely accomplished mandolinist. But why compare? Enjoy the two, joined by Linda Rondstadt on the Trio recordings they published.

If that info confounds you, imagine how you'll feel to discover that Charo is a celebrated Flamenco guitarist. Next I'll be claiming that 1940's beauty Queen/Actress Hedy Lamarr was a scientist who created weapons systems for the Allies.


Thought she was Stevie Nicks, for seconds...
This, to me, is one of the weaker songs off a terrific record, one of the best of the 90s. Good to see a number of other superior tracks from Wrecking Ball played on RP.

Yea, Emmylou is cool and everything as long as you don't get her warbling, it's like a big ball rolling down hill, she just can't stop and it drags on waaaaaay too long!{#Lol}


I never really liked or 'got' C&W and so never listened to Emmylou, I think that may have to change.
Thanks for opening my ears RP.

I was really digging the music... and then she started to sing.   

Just not my thing.
 FlatCat wrote:

Musically speaking, Dolly Parton is a mere shadow of ELH. 
 
That depends entirely on what you think music is.  Dolly Parton may be not on par w/Emmylou as a SINGER, but she is an amazing songwriter and lyricist.

Love this song and the rest on the cd.  {#Hearteyes}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/231061.jpghttp://www.clashmusic.com/files/imagecache/node_article_image/files/images/Emmylou-Harris.jpg

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So true...

YIkes.


Pardon my language: Fucking Awesome. Nothing comes close. I worship you.
An American Treasure.
Emmylou forgot more than the likes of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will ever know.



Chet Atkins - "Mr. Sandman" Live (1954)

"atkins influenced countless players icluding george harrison,carl perkins,vince gill.he left a permanent mark on the way country guitar playing is done.he was as original as he was classy,and Gretch guitars named a guitar after him the "Gretch Country Gentleman" guitar.this was the model george harrison mostly used in the studio and live on stage.he was an important pioneer in nashville records. " dempsey981

"Good call...by the way, Chet has cut albums with Pops and Orchestras, Andres Segovia, etc...and as far as metal, on an album called Stay Tuned, Chet and Steve Lukather did a tune together called Stay Tuned...Steve of course, was blazing..with Chet hitting every lick, in harmony, on a fairly clean guitar..a bit of delay is about it. Chet was amazing as a guitarist and a human being. "  brainlowe


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 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Dolly's much more than you give her credit for I think.  This song is a great follow up to a great song

 
Could be. To be honest I'm not that familiar with her stuff.
As for Emmylou Harris - I bought that album when it came out and still listen to it occasionally. I like a lot of her other stuff too.
I guess I'm just not in a "country" mood today.

 fredriley wrote:
A welcome antidote to the previous Dolly Parton number. A woman whose assets are talent and intelligence. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
  Dolly's much more than you give her credit for I think.  This song is a great follow up to a great song

This is a fabulous album.  U2's Larry Mullen drums on a lot of it, including this song.
 snowcat wrote:
Cool...sounds like a Massive Attack production underneath.
Thats Daniel Lanois Production underneath.  Super cool.



Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris - "The Maker" Live

"composition by Daniel Lanois"

"Is there anybody on the planet that this woman can't sing with. I heard a comment once that everything tastes better with peanut butter on it and everything sounds better with Emmylou in it. I bought this cd and have about wore out this track."

"Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!!!! This is the kind of stuff that keeps this ol world of ours together. Thanks for makin music!!"     Trailrboy



A welcome antidote to the previous Dolly Parton number. A woman whose assets are talent and intelligence. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Cool...sounds like a Massive Attack production underneath.
I like the way she has muted her voice so that the background music builds ominously.
 wycado wrote:
Disregard, Bill. Very nice song progression, and it won't hurt anyone to hear Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris back to back.
 
Musically speaking, Dolly Parton is a mere shadow of ELH. 
Best. Song. Ever.
 southernman wrote:
6.7????  Oh, please.  She's one of the most talented people in music, period and this song demonstrates that once again. 
 
I agree with you about Emmylou. This is also another brilliant Daniel Lanois production.
6.7????  Oh, please.  She's one of the most talented people in music, period and this song demonstrates that once again.