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Emmylou Harris — All My Tears
Album: Wrecking Ball
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7.6

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Total ratings: 1785









Released: 1995
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When I go don't cry for me
In my fathers arms I'll be
The wounds this world left on my soul
Will all be healed and I'll be whole

Sun and moon will be replaced
With the light of Jesus' face
And I will not be ashamed
For my savior knows my name

It don't matter where you bury me
I'll be home and I'll be free
It don't matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away

Gold and silver blind the eye
Temporary riches lie
Come and eat from heaven's store
Come and drink and thirst no more

So weep not for me my friend
When my time below does end
For my life belongs to him
Who will raise the dead again

It don't matter where you bury me
I'll be home and I'll be free
It don't matter where I lay
All my tears be washed away
Comments (158)add comment
 TerryS wrote:

Much as I like this record, how does one wear out a CD? Short of treating it like Reggiano, that is.

like all things, CDs don't last (though the plastics elements will be poisoning the planet for many many years to come) 

Jars of Clay plays a great version of this - check it out!
The Devil may have the best tunes, but the godsquad do some damned (sic) fine songs  :o)
More Wrecking Ball, More Lanois,  More Teatro, More Achtung Baby.
Take RP to the next level Bill!
 Segue wrote:
What is beyond "Godlike"?
 
An infinite Universe!  
Jesus face will be replaced
By Sun and Moon lighting my face
 chyk5 wrote:

Agree completely. The first time I heard a track from this on RP, i went in search of the CD and found it in a bargain bin (for shame!). I've worn it out ever since.
 
Much as I like this record, how does one wear out a CD? Short of treating it like Reggiano, that is.
What is beyond "Godlike"?
 user4176 wrote:
Rated this a 3 sometime ago .... changed to a 9.
 

Well done, young paduan.
Rated this a 3 sometime ago .... changed to a 9.
 timmus wrote:
I wonder who the musician is who plays the random "womp" sound.  Seriously, his job is just to sit there and add that noise here and there. {#Cheesygrin}

 
That's Daniel Lanois with a bass guitar, I'd say.
 Wolford wrote:
She's done a ton of great work (Roses In The Snow and Red Dirt Girl to name two) but, when it's all tallied up, I believe Wrecking Ball will stand as her masterpiece.  Nary a dud on the whole LP.

 
Agree completely. The first time I heard a track from this on RP, i went in search of the CD and found it in a bargain bin (for shame!). I've worn it out ever since.
She's done a ton of great work (Roses In The Snow and Red Dirt Girl to name two) but, when it's all tallied up, I believe Wrecking Ball will stand as her masterpiece.  Nary a dud on the whole LP.
{#Devil_pimp} zesty !
 timmus wrote:
I wonder who the musician is who plays the random "womp" sound.  Seriously, his job is just to sit there and add that noise here and there. {#Cheesygrin}

 
Really? I think it's a bass guitar. And it is one of the main reasons I really love this song.
Even though I'm not a devout Christian, this would be nice to hear when I'm about to die.
love this one more than original... more emotion in the voice {#Hearteyes}
 basilarnold wrote:

Maybe it's just a "womp"ing drone flying around?
BTW the voice is stunning

 
Now every time I hear this I'm gonna picture a drone flying around the studio.  {#Smile}
 timmus wrote:
I wonder who the musician is who plays the random "womp" sound.  Seriously, his job is just to sit there and add that noise here and there. {#Cheesygrin}

 
Maybe it's just a "womp"ing drone flying around?
BTW the voice is stunning
Love listening to ELH, especially when her voices get into the range when she sounds like bells ringing.  This song, for one.
Love Emmylou.  This whole album is fantastic.
I wonder who the musician is who plays the random "womp" sound.  Seriously, his job is just to sit there and add that noise here and there. {#Cheesygrin}
 photolew wrote:
I think this just got bumped from an 8 to a 9......never get enough Emmylou.....

 
Yep
Emmylou Greatness
having this sung at my funeral
I think this just got bumped from an 8 to a 9......never get enough Emmylou.....
She's beautiful, and a good teacher.
It's been said before, but bares repeating - check the original by Julie (and Buddy) Miller.  I love this song and the whole CD but can only give it a 7 because I need room to rank the original version even higher
Holding back putting a 9 on it.... Wow ELH !
Loved her then, like her better now that her voice has dropped a half-octave and gained  depth.  (pun not intended)
gotta 10 it, she is so solid cool
 RabbitEars wrote:
Daniel Lanois: 

“I went to Nashville to meet Emmylou and we went to her house. I got this real sense inside the house. It’s hard to explain. I operate by feelings and instinct and you got this feeling of old school dignity, this respect for American music, inside her house. I knew there were hidden secrets there that I was not hip to and I knew I’d come out of doing that record with something that I could learn from. That was the driving force for me.

“She played me a lot of songs that she had in demo form. The best ones were the ones where she was sitting there on her own with an acoustic guitar. She was embarrased to play those ones, but I knew when I heard them that this was the album. I’d put a mic in front of her as she sat in a chair and bring in other people around her in a horseshoe shape. That was all it took.”



  
Excellent post - thanks for this insight!


Not a big fan of hers, but this tune is excellent!
ELH is a national treasure.
 ScottN wrote:
 ... Oh, and yes, Daniel Lanois seems a blessing to any artist fortunate enough to employ his talent.

 
Could not agree more.  I've always loved Emmylou Harris, but Wrecking Ball has DL written all over it, in a very good way.

Great quote below about the feelings he experienced when visiting Emmylou's house ... would love to read the entire account, if there is more.

Daniel Lanois: 

“I went to Nashville to meet Emmylou and we went to her house. I got this real sense inside the house. It’s hard to explain. I operate by feelings and instinct and you got this feeling of old school dignity, this respect for American music, inside her house. I knew there were hidden secrets there that I was not hip to and I knew I’d come out of doing that record with something that I could learn from. That was the driving force for me.

“She played me a lot of songs that she had in demo form. The best ones were the ones where she was sitting there on her own with an acoustic guitar. She was embarrased to play those ones, but I knew when I heard them that this was the album. I’d put a mic in front of her as she sat in a chair and bring in other people around her in a horseshoe shape. That was all it took.”


 sajitjacob wrote:
See now, I hear the name Emmylou Harris and I think horrible whiny steel lap guitars and tedious lyrics.

This however is brilliant.

Which just goes to show.. umm something.. Anyway  8->9

 
Yep, I'll second that. I think the something it goes to show is that all good artists have the ability to surprise us. I thought much the same of Johnny Cash as you of Emmylou Harris - all crass sentimentality for men with tattooed necks and grubby denim jackets set to clanging guitars - but then I listen to RP and find that he's put out some half-decent stuff that never seems to hit the radio. It's nice to have your expectations shattered and to be astonished at what someone you've written off can come up with.
 Stingray wrote:

The good Emmylou - great song!

but what is a "wrecking ball", please...?



 
?

Are you asking why she named the album "Wrecking Ball"? (One of the songs on the disc is a Neil Young track, "Wrecking Ball")

OR

Are you just asking for the definition of a "wrecking ball"? (eine Abrissbirne auf Deutsch). political cartoon showing GOP wrecking ball destroying Obamacare building with jammed door

Amazing how hard it was to find an image of a wrecking ball without Miley Cyrus perched on one...

 joelbb wrote:
Oh my Mountain Flower, why won't you leave him for me?

 
I have warned my wife, if I were so lucky as to have Emmylou ask for me, I am hers!

I am not holding my breath... 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Agreed. He definitely left his mark on this one.

 
Once when I saw ELH and she was about to sing "The Maker" she said that Dan woke her up and revitalized her career. 
I tried posting this before, went nowhere, disconnect, bummer, trying again.
A great rendition but prefer that of julie & buddy miller. Grindier, gloriouser. Julie sang bkup for emmylou. Buddy a big singer-songwriter  in his own right & doing the rodney crowell thing w/julie.  btw these 2 use more tambourines than I have ever heard except under a tent. You are warned.   
Wrapping myself in this "americana" vibe like a cozy shroud. More, please
One of the best duet albums ever is when she teamed up with Mark Knopfler. All the Roadrunning
FYI Dan is touring these days, doing a studio on stage kinda thing. https://daniellanois.com/tour/
 ScottN wrote:
. . . Daniel Lanois seems a blessing to any artist fortunate enough to employ his talent.
 
Agreed. He definitely left his mark on this one.
 oldman wrote:
may not have been the original
but this version is brilliant
She does a very inspired rendition.  Makes this timeless song even more so.
I agree--Emmlou is our national treasure.  Can't really say she is underrated bcs she has collected many, many accolades.  I hope the next one is at The Kennedy Center and it is The POTUS hanging the highest honor we can bestow on an artist around Emmylou's neck. 

Oh, and yes, Daniel Lanois seems a blessing to any artist fortunate enough to employ his talent.


we're singing about real freedom here.
may not have been the original
but this version is brilliant 
What a national treasure is ms. Emmy Lou !! 
i like her version
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:







10 >>>>> 11
....  a master production by Mr. Lanois

 
I never knew she had such a lovely pair of eyes.
 mjaded wrote:
Maybe we should throw some credit over to Daniel Lanois while we are all digging this tune.

 
You can almost go down the line and no mater who the artist is, if Daniel Lanois produced it, it will be good.







10 >>>>> 11
....  a master production by Mr. Lanois
 bh1 wrote:

A wrecking ball is a large metal ball hung from the boom of a crane and swung into a building to knock it down. It's purpose is destruction or demolition. You do NOT want to be in it's path.

 
It is also the name of the Miley Cyrus song and video that caused such a "controversy" recently.
Just recently watched this. Love this album!

Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois - Building the Wrecking Ball

https://youtu.be/_ssuxdnGAWI
A crystalline voice is not my usual favorite, but here is just fine.
 mjaded wrote:
Maybe we should throw some credit over to Daniel Lanois while we are all digging this tune.

 
He put his unmistakable stamp on this album-- in a good way. 
 RabbitEars wrote:


 

Nice

Maybe we should throw some credit over to Daniel Lanois while we are all digging this tune.
See now, I hear the name Emmylou Harris and I think horrible whiny steel lap guitars and tedious lyrics.

This however is brilliant.

Which just goes to show.. umm something.. Anyway  8->9
I love me some Emmylou.
First time hearing this version. Check it out on Spy Boy for a different take.
EmmyLou is god
Oh my Mountain Flower, why won't you leave him for me?
 Stingray wrote:

The good Emmylou - great song!

but what is a "wrecking ball", please...?

 
A wrecking ball is a large metal ball hung from the boom of a crane and swung into a building to knock it down. It's purpose is destruction or demolition. You do NOT want to be in it's path.
I agree this is a wonderful sound and moving lyrics, but I had to look them up...I can't discern a thing she is singing; am I the only one?  Love it, nonetheless!
Just awesome. EmmyLou is a national treasure.
 fredriley wrote:
Songs and singers as moving as this could convert me from atheist to believer :o)
 
You are right, I have converted and am now a Pasterfari 
 fredriley wrote:
Songs and singers as moving as this could convert me from atheist to believer :o)
 
RIGHT SAID FRED!
I cannot say I am a fan but this is stunning and moving...

The good Emmylou - great song!

but what is a "wrecking ball", please...?


Songs and singers as moving as this could convert me from atheist to believer :o)
bumped to a 10
I'm looking forward to her concert here this summer with Steve Martin.
LOVELY!
Love this whole entire album!
Never a voice like Harris, never a producing visionary like Lanois. Together, this song and this album shine like no other! Also check out her cover of the John Prine song. I think Bill regularly plays the Lanois song 'Blackhawk' from this collection.
Saw EmmyLou Harris perform this whole album with Daniel Lanois last summer.   Absolutely amazing!
 toddbruner wrote:
This is good, but check out Julie Miller's on "Broken Things."

 
 
Agreed.  I love that version.
Stin Gray, you be mellowing.
Great song indeed! A great artist, Emmylou is!
*****************

Lovely music Bill is playing all afternoon!


Sings like an angel!
Emmylou can sing.  9 easy.
 BettyB wrote:
Saw Emmylou, Patty G, Buddy, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, and many more on the Cayamo Cruise last year. UNBELIEVABLE! Can't wait to set sail with them all again one day ...

 
Envyenvyenvy.  What a great line-up!  I hope if you get the chance to do it again, you'll post pictures and copious comments about the whole event.

{#Sleep}
 midreaming wrote:
in case anybody's lookin for the original it's not Warren Zevon who wrote and originally recorded Pancho and Lefty. That's a Townes Van Zandt song.  Townes performance of it is unsurpassable
 

Willie Nelson also does a great cover of Pancho and Lefty... it's a duet with Merle Haggard(?) i think
This is good, but check out Julie Miller's on "Broken Things."

 
 nmcvaugh wrote:
Her Red Dirt Girl album is well worth picking up - absolutely great bass lines in it. I haven't bought Portraits, but did buy a couple of tracks - covers of Pancho and Lefty (Warren Zevon) and Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles). Definitely check 'em out! {#Notworthy}
  in case anybody's lookin for the original it's not Warren Zevon who wrote and originally recorded Pancho and Lefty. That's a Townes Van Zandt song.  Townes performance of it is unsurpassable


love this daniel lanois album
Emmylou's voice is so wrong that it is absolutely right.
I was determined to not like this, because Emmylou is so everywhere... But darned if I don't love the song, and I'm wondering why I didn't buy "Wrecking Ball" when it first came out. I was stupid, but I can be taught.  Emmylou Harris has talent that she demonstrates, and then she has secret talent that she keeps close and trots out once in awhile, just to remind listeners that they don't really know the full scope of her abilities. *Note to self:  NEVER play against Emmylou Harris in poker.*


Beautiful!!
Great song, great voice, she is one of the top world's voices.

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Emmylou Harris by ~danboy1
Dan Ransom  ©2007-2010 ~danboy1

Emmylou at The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2007 in San Francisco


 

WONDERFUL (part of a) SHOT!!!

GREAT SONG - GREAT VOICE!
Her Red Dirt Girl album is well worth picking up - absolutely great bass lines in it. I haven't bought Portraits, but did buy a couple of tracks - covers of Pancho and Lefty (Warren Zevon) and Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles). Definitely check 'em out! {#Notworthy}
 First time listen... definitely agree.

peter_james_bond wrote:
Brilliant.{#Music}
 

Amen   coentje wrote:
perfect {#Meditate}
 


The Daniel Lanois effect helps this differ from like many, many other female artists...the boomy bass part could have done a few less triplets and been less fancy and it would have been perfect. Nice song.

Emmylou Harris by ~danboy1
Dan Ransom  ©2007-2010 ~danboy1

Emmylou at The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2007 in San Francisco


Bill - please play the Julie Miller version of this song - it is great!


Emmylou Harris - "All my tears" Live (1998)

"I would have loved to have heard her sing this live"





perfect {#Meditate}


Emmylou Harris - "Two More Bottles of Wine" Live (1984)

"Drop Dead Gorgeous! Even after all these years! and a voice thats perfectly clear and strong. Thank God for Emmylou - she's an angel"

"I've seen Emmylou play live twice and both times were amazing experiences. angelic voice. A superb body of work. Thank you Emmylou."

The Voice of an Angel
And a Heart of Gold{#Dancingbanana}{#Notworthy}

Big Bob
 vandal wrote:

boring

  
Each to her/his own but it seems that opinion is pretty well in the minority in these posts. Personally I love almost everything she has ever done from way back to her newest.

 BettyB wrote:
Saw Emmylou, Patty G, Buddy, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, and many more on the Cayamo Cruise last year. UNBELIEVABLE! Can't wait to set sail with them all again one day ...

 
speaking of Brandi Carlile, I just saw her live. UNBELIEVABLE. She covered Folsom Prison Blues...so good! Wish RP would play some Brandi!

Something about that voice . . . haunts me.
Brilliant.{#Music}
Yes, all of the aforementioned.

ncollingridge wrote:Entirely agree.
 
phlattop wrote: Her best record with one strong track after another. One of the best albums of the 1990s, IMO. 


boring

 phlattop wrote:
Her best record with one strong track after another. One of the best albums of the 1990s, IMO.
 
Entirely agree.
 cc_rider wrote:
I could listen to Ms. Harris sing a phone book. Awesome.
 
With unabashed adulation{#Hearteyes}
BettyB wrote:
Saw Emmylou, Patty G, Buddy, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, and many more on the Cayamo Cruise last year. UNBELIEVABLE! Can't wait to set sail with them all again one day ...
I need to board that boat...

I could listen to Ms. Harris sing a phone book. Awesome.
why don't i have this? i don't know.
she floors me each time i hear her.
Saw Emmylou, Patty G, Buddy, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile, and many more on the Cayamo Cruise last year. UNBELIEVABLE! Can't wait to set sail with them all again one day ...

Her best record with one strong track after another. One of the best albums of the 1990s, IMO.
eeke wrote:
i tell ya'll... saw her with patty, shawn and buddy not just a week ago.. and I'm still feeling the shivers! such a beautiful, haunting voice of hers.. unmatched!
:yes: We saw that group a few weeks ago. WOWZA!
i tell ya'll... saw her with patty, shawn and buddy not just a week ago.. and I'm still feeling the shivers! such a beautiful, haunting voice of hers.. unmatched!