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PostPosted: Thu September 6th, 2012, 20:44 GMT 

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If you find it in Your heart, can I be forgiven?
Guess I owe You some kind of apology
I’ve escaped death so many times, I know I’m only living
By the saving grace that’s over me

By this time I’d-a thought I would be sleeping
In a pine box for all eternity
My faith keeps me alive, but I still be weeping
For the saving grace that’s over me

Well, the death of life, then come the resurrection
Wherever I am welcome is where I’ll be
I put all my confidence in Him, my sole protection
Is the saving grace that’s over me

Well, the devil’s shining light, it can be most blinding
But to search for love, that ain’t no more than vanity
As I look around this world all that I’m finding
Is the saving grace that’s over me

The wicked know no peace and you just can’t fake it
There’s only one road and it leads to Calvary
It gets discouraging at times, but I know I’ll make it
By the saving grace that’s over me

One of Bob's most lovely melodies coupled with a lyrics that's as personal as it is spiritual...It speaks to a thankfulness and personal relationship to his higher power in an incredibly honest way. It speaks to Bob's personal struggle with the difficult & godless world that surrounds us....
A beautiful & under-rated song all round....

I was thrilled to see this song performed a few weeks ago, though I was pretty underwhelmed by the actual rendition. In fact, I haven't heard a NET version that I fell in love with....i'm sure it's out there, I just have yet to hear it...
Maybe it's because I can't help but recall how powerful those versions are from the Gospel years, particularly 1979, before the song was ever released on Saved....

My all-time favorite has to be the last show from that very first residency at The Warfield...It's a vocal by Dylan that's unmatched either before or after...a tremendous deliverance of a gorgeous song:

San Francisco CA
November 16 1979
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t6abty

What do we all think of this one? I know Tempest is on everyone's mind, but sometimes a jewel from the past makes you appreciate the treasure we have in front of us even more right????


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PostPosted: Thu September 6th, 2012, 20:57 GMT 
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I have only heard the album track - never heard it live.

It is a great song delivered with passion - there's only one road, and it leads to calvary - fantastic.

I think that Saved is a great album. I know it is not to everyone's taste. I love hearing Dylan with this backing band, love the style, and the girls give great backing vocals. This is a record made by a white Jewish convert to Christianity, singing songs in a genre more usually associated with black musicians. Fantastic.


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PostPosted: Thu September 6th, 2012, 21:07 GMT 
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^The live performances from 2004, especially the Spring, are incredible. For me, this ranks with Every Grain of Sand as one of Dylan's greatest songs... period.... which would make them among Dylan's greatest gospel era songs too.


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PostPosted: Thu September 6th, 2012, 23:47 GMT 

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^ yes


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PostPosted: Fri September 7th, 2012, 14:08 GMT 

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To me, one of the most turgid and laboured Dylan songs imaginable--if I make it to "side 2" of Saved I probably give up at this point.

That said, I guess you could argue that its one, ahem, saving grace, is that it sounds like it says, or, like it says in Covenant Woman: "Ive been broken, shattered like an empty cup." This song, and much of Saved has always sounded like that to me--exhausted and desperate (physically, mentally, spiritually) . . . and indeed, by all accounts, the band were worn down by touring by the time they got to record the album.

I do love What Can I do for You> though!


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PostPosted: Fri September 7th, 2012, 18:09 GMT 

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I love this song, specially the Calvary-line.

In my ears saved is an fantastic album. I would rank Saving Grace this way:

1: Covenant Woman (how could I overlook this song so many years)
2: In The Garden
3: SAVING GRACE
4: What can I do for you?


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PostPosted: Fri September 7th, 2012, 20:00 GMT 
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Saved is a great great album. Of course it could have been one of his finests if it had been recorded live a few months earlier (as planned). But still, it's one of my favorite Dylan records and Saving Grace stands as one of its brightest moments. Glad to read so may people praising such a beautifully crafted song and such a great record.


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PostPosted: Sat September 8th, 2012, 01:58 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:
^The live performances from 2004, especially the Spring, are incredible. For me, this ranks with Every Grain of Sand as one of Dylan's greatest songs... period.... which would make them among Dylan's greatest gospel era songs too.


Live 1979-80 included some of Dylan's more successful guitar playing on this tune. A stately gospel number, who'd a thunk Dylan was such a gospel nut?


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PostPosted: Thu August 10th, 2017, 03:21 GMT 

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A really lovely version of this song was performed in a parking lot in Kentucky in 2003:)
I love this song so much and Bob had pulled it out only a few times in 03 leading to this...
It's such a terrifically heartfelt performance and he stuck with this song all throughout 2004 as well.
Anybody have any good recs for a 2004 rendition??

Regardless this particular one is a gem in the rough, Bob sounds ravaged but also deeply connected...
for performing it in a parking lot.

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April 30 2003
http://www.mediafire.com/file/5wz1c08df ... -03%29.mp3


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PostPosted: Thu August 10th, 2017, 11:12 GMT 
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The arrangement for Spring 2004 was the same but it had more of a swamp blues, darker tone to it. It was played quite a few times on the Spring tour. The Tulsa show (Feb28) and the St Louis shows (March 1-3) all featured it. It followed Honest with Me and was played right before Summer Days. In Tulsa and the third St. Louis show the song before Honest with Me was Every Grain of Sand and the Tulsa performance remains in my opinion the most beautiful performance he has ever done. To have Saving Grace in the same setlist was an incredible gem indeed.


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PostPosted: Thu August 10th, 2017, 12:32 GMT 
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... one of the finest of the versions from 2004 ...

~ MP3 ~ SAVING GRACE ~ MILWAUKEE ~ MARCH 12, 2004 ~

... and the only performance after the thirty appearances from 2003 to 2005 ...

~ MP3 ~ SAVING GRACE ~ JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA ~ AUGUST 29, 2012 ~

... as well as a performance history of this song ...

... can be found at ... http://www.notdarkyet.org/grace.html


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PostPosted: Thu August 10th, 2017, 18:31 GMT 

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marker wrote:
sweet, thanks

and
it was in a parking lot,
but
it was in a parking lot during derby week,
and hometown boys, my morning jacket, opened for him,
when they still had long head-banger hair,
it was a good show,
lotsa grace


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