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PostPosted: Sat March 6th, 2010, 06:03 GMT 
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I did realise that he must be joking, but since none of it is actually funny I like the stoned explanation better.
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I can only pity you - and can't imagine how sad your life must be. Oh, and thanks for taking so long to catch on - that made things ten times funnier still...


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PostPosted: Tue March 9th, 2010, 07:37 GMT 

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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.

"That was an inspired song that came to me. I felt like I was just putting down words that were coming from somewhere else, and I just stuck it out. You're not conscious of it. In a song like that, there's no consciousness of any of this stuff having been said before. 'What's this like?' Well it's not like anything. 'What does it represent?' Well, you don't even know. All you know is that it's a mood piece, and you try to hold onto the mood and finish."

from Biograph

It's a very interesting and mysterious juxtaposition when one sees these lyrics next to this bit of interview. Dylan has always been very elliptical about the sources of his creations, since 79 though it's been very much attributed to divine intervention. When I hear this song, every single time I become a true believer for however long it plays. Perhaps it's the extreme Romantic beauty of the language, perhaps it's the confessional and equally universal connection including the listener no matter who or what they believe in, perhaps it's because it's one of Bob's most perfect melodies, or maybe it's simply the mood of it all.
Regardless, it's one of Bob's few yet always powerful songs of catharsis. An epic Blues song that illuminates the struggle we each face when facing the choice between heaven and earth...

All of those mentioned earlier are all amazing but my personal favorite is the mother of all Grains Of Sand as far as I'm concerned. From that monstrous year of 1994, in Springfield Missouri, the beginning of Route 66, Bob and his gang took the song to unprecedented heights ending with one of the best harp solos I've ever heard him deliver...

April 30 1994
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PostPosted: Tue March 9th, 2010, 08:31 GMT 

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Folk & Blues Fan wrote:
dsavereide wrote:
I did realise that he must be joking, but since none of it is actually funny I like the stoned explanation better.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
I can only pity you - and can't imagine how sad your life must be. Oh, and thanks for taking so long to catch on - that made things ten times funnier still...


He's not the only one. One's fun ain't everybodys fun.


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 12:48 GMT 
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He's not the only one. One's fun ain't everybodys fun.[/quote]
It is on ER


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 12:57 GMT 
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Most of the sand is one the beach.


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 17:52 GMT 
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Strange, but Emmylou Harris' version was playing in the background while me, a friend and our kids were playing a video game...I died (natch) and popped online to see it up. Mez must be linked into the cosmos today...anyway it's a great song, needless to say. I still like the bootleg series version best of all :D



After reading the Shot of Love thread I've been spending a fair amount of time revisiting that album, and I'd like to retract my statement above. The original album version is the best. The vocal is wonderful, and those really harp solos put it over the top. The acoustic bootleg series version but ultimately just not as good. I'm glad I got that off my chest...

ETA: I haven't listened to the version Marker posted yet...which my statement premature, as Marker has exquisite taste. I will post back later (I know, you're all on the edge of your seats).


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 23:13 GMT 
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Most of the sand is one the beach.

What about sand pits, sand around lakes , sandstone and sandpaper ?


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 21:21 GMT 
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thickboy is da man. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 21:52 GMT 
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thickboy is da man. :mrgreen:

Can a boy be a man ?


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 22:45 GMT 
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When babf gets through with him, I bet he'll be a man 8)


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 23:01 GMT 
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Recently I went to the beach.

I brought back some sand and looked at it under the miscroscope.

I couldn't find any numbers.

Helen couldn't either and she has better eyesight than me.

So I concluded that not every grain of sand is numbered. Either that or I will have to get a bigger miscroscope as it must be in very small handwriting.


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 23:12 GMT 
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Mister.Jones wrote:
Recently I went to the beach.

I brought back some sand and looked at it under the miscroscope.

I couldn't find any numbers.

Helen couldn't either and she has better eyesight than me.

So I concluded that not every grain of sand is numbered. Either that or I will have to get a bigger miscroscope as it must be in very small handwriting.

You unbeliever !!!!!!!It means that God knows about each grain of sand in the whole wide universe , just as she or he knows all about every hair on your head or elsewhere.


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PostPosted: Fri March 19th, 2010, 23:18 GMT 
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very small handwriting.


It's larger than you think, Mr Jones.


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oldmanemu wrote:
God knows about each grain of sand in the whole wide universe , just as she or he knows all about every hair on your head or elsewhere.


Wonder for what he/she needs all this information.
For marketing, perhaps?


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PostPosted: Sun March 21st, 2010, 12:28 GMT 
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Futile Horn wrote:
oldmanemu wrote:
God knows about each grain of sand in the whole wide universe , just as she or he knows all about every hair on your head or elsewhere.


Wonder for what he/she needs all this information.
For marketing, perhaps?

same reason as you need a list of anything


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PostPosted: Sun March 21st, 2010, 22:35 GMT 
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I got sand in my underpants at the beach does that also count?


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PostPosted: Mon March 22nd, 2010, 06:17 GMT 
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Probably my favourite version:

Oslo 2003


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This is a song that to me, defines the love between a person and one he or she believes in. I know when i die, this song is going to define my whole life as i will demand this be played should anyone ever have a moment to celebrate what i do (or do not do) in my life. Those that know me seem to feel i am more exaggerated than i truly am..but i try as i might..i cant burst that bubble. Every time i tell them how angelic i am, they all start gasping for air and coughing loudly. Whats with that???? 8) :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 10th, 2010, 11:20 GMT 
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My favourite Dylan song, for many different reasons and although I'm not a spiritual person this song does make me hopeful. It used to be my Dad's favourite song before he passed on, which gives it a special resonance but I can't see how anyone would dislike it, the harmonica is beautiful.


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PostPosted: Mon May 10th, 2010, 13:15 GMT 
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And such great lyrics


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PostPosted: Sat May 15th, 2010, 11:19 GMT 

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(1) Though most live versions pale beside the gorgeous album cut, the last show of 2005 (Dublin 27 Nov) includes a lovely take of Sand (and several other songs too).

(2) In Athens on 28 June 1989 it's reported that he performed an acoustic version with GE by his side. The link to this show in A-Z does not work. Is anyone able to post an mp3 of this Athens '89 Grain Of Sand please?


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PostPosted: Sun August 29th, 2010, 03:21 GMT 
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Listening to the March 16, 2005 - Oakland, CA performance today I finally remembered that this was the show where Bob omitted the last part of the third verse

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


and instead repeated the last portion of the second verse

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


But an otherwise lovely performance, it is.

When it comes to Bob's vocals, this is the only complaint I can register... though I have to wonder... does he sometimes do this on purpose?

Also, in listening to this, I am reminded that I really would like him to bring Elana (Fremerman) James back on violin. Those were some endearing shows.


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PostPosted: Sun August 29th, 2010, 04:38 GMT 
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I can't believe we've gotten this far without mentioning the only so acoustic version (Athens June-28-89):

http://www.sendspace.com/file/8ykku0


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PostPosted: Sun August 29th, 2010, 10:07 GMT 

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My least favourite song on the album. It seems cheesy and those synths at the start kill it for me. I prefer songs like dead man, and the title track.


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Have you heard the demo? Just piano I think... Oh and a dog.


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