“Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me”

While we’re all quoting “is he, isn’t he?” Bob Dylan songs round here (When He Returns, Jokerman), here’s one of my favourite Dylan songs in this vein, 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.

Far-too-short clip can be heard here.

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4 Responses to “Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me”

  1. Theresa K. says:

    A while back, I found this site: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/4758.htm
    It’s one of those “for what it’s worth” analysis of Bob Dylan’s Christian years. I found this intriguing: “In 1978, Bob Dylan was probably not in the best of mental health — his energy was tapped out from constantly being on the road, and on top of other pressures in his life, his last album (Street Legal) didn’t do so well. Legend has it he saw a vision of Christ that year, a few months after a fan threw a silver cross on stage while Dylan was performing. Some members of his touring band were members of a Southern California-based organization called the Vineyard Fellowship, and a girlfriend of Dylan’s, another Vineyard member named Mary Alice Artes, asked pastor Ken Gulliksen to speak to the singer. And so Dylan began an intense study at the Vineyard, which would go on to influence nearly all the songs he would write in the next few years. (A web article called “Kenn Gulliksen Comment’s [sic] about Dylan’s Status As Believer” goes further in-depth about Dylan’s time at this school.)
    In 1979, Bob Dylan began work on his first recording as a full-fledged born-again Christian.”

  2. Theresa K. says:

    A while back, I found this site: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/4758.htm
    It’s one of those “for what it’s worth” analysis of Bob Dylan’s Christian years. I found this intriguing: “In 1978, Bob Dylan was probably not in the best of mental health — his energy was tapped out from constantly being on the road, and on top of other pressures in his life, his last album (Street Legal) didn’t do so well. Legend has it he saw a vision of Christ that year, a few months after a fan threw a silver cross on stage while Dylan was performing. Some members of his touring band were members of a Southern California-based organization called the Vineyard Fellowship, and a girlfriend of Dylan’s, another Vineyard member named Mary Alice Artes, asked pastor Ken Gulliksen to speak to the singer. And so Dylan began an intense study at the Vineyard, which would go on to influence nearly all the songs he would write in the next few years. (A web article called “Kenn Gulliksen Comment’s [sic] about Dylan’s Status As Believer” goes further in-depth about Dylan’s time at this school.)
    In 1979, Bob Dylan began work on his first recording as a full-fledged born-again Christian.”

  3. Theresa K. says:

    A while back, I found this site: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/4758.htm
    It’s one of those “for what it’s worth” analysis of Bob Dylan’s Christian years. I found this intriguing: “In 1978, Bob Dylan was probably not in the best of mental health — his energy was tapped out from constantly being on the road, and on top of other pressures in his life, his last album (Street Legal) didn’t do so well. Legend has it he saw a vision of Christ that year, a few months after a fan threw a silver cross on stage while Dylan was performing. Some members of his touring band were members of a Southern California-based organization called the Vineyard Fellowship, and a girlfriend of Dylan’s, another Vineyard member named Mary Alice Artes, asked pastor Ken Gulliksen to speak to the singer. And so Dylan began an intense study at the Vineyard, which would go on to influence nearly all the songs he would write in the next few years. (A web article called “Kenn Gulliksen Comment’s [sic] about Dylan’s Status As Believer” goes further in-depth about Dylan’s time at this school.)
    In 1979, Bob Dylan began work on his first recording as a full-fledged born-again Christian.”

  4. Theresa K. says:

    A while back, I found this site: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/4758.htm
    It’s one of those “for what it’s worth” analysis of Bob Dylan’s Christian years. I found this intriguing: “In 1978, Bob Dylan was probably not in the best of mental health — his energy was tapped out from constantly being on the road, and on top of other pressures in his life, his last album (Street Legal) didn’t do so well. Legend has it he saw a vision of Christ that year, a few months after a fan threw a silver cross on stage while Dylan was performing. Some members of his touring band were members of a Southern California-based organization called the Vineyard Fellowship, and a girlfriend of Dylan’s, another Vineyard member named Mary Alice Artes, asked pastor Ken Gulliksen to speak to the singer. And so Dylan began an intense study at the Vineyard, which would go on to influence nearly all the songs he would write in the next few years. (A web article called “Kenn Gulliksen Comment’s [sic] about Dylan’s Status As Believer” goes further in-depth about Dylan’s time at this school.)
    In 1979, Bob Dylan began work on his first recording as a full-fledged born-again Christian.”

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