Song of the Day #2,789: ‘Faith and Grace’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20Well, here we are at the final track of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20. I know it’s been a tough slog for some of my readers.

Lucinda Williams, like Bob Dylan, is an acquired taste. She reminds me a lot of Dylan, especially in recent years, as her work has moved more towards country blues and even more towards “I don’t give a damn.” She’s not after radio play or big sales — she makes the music she’s moved to make. And her most loyal fans are moved right along with her.

Album closer ‘Faith and Grace’ was recorded in a single live take with Jamaican session musicians who played alongside Bob Marley back in the day. This recording (which I haven’t listened to yet) was the first and only time this collection of musicians played together. The 20-minute jam was edited down to just under 13 minutes in order to fit the track on Disc Two of the album.

Let’s give it a whirl.

Great music, as expected, but a bit of a letdown for me as an album closer. I think the previous track would have been a better choice. But I’m not a fan of slow jams in general, so it’s not surprising that I’d view it this way.

As for my overall album impressions… it’s a beautiful piece of work, slow and mournful and perfectly evocative of the time and place it’s chronicling. I never know how I really feel about an album until I’ve heard it a few times, so I can’t say too much after just one listen, but my gut tells me this will settle in somewhere in the top half of Williams’ discography for me.

Thanks for taking the journey with me, however reluctantly!

[Chorus:]
With a little more faith and grace
To help me run this race
That’s all, that’s all, all I need
That’s all, that’s all, all I need
Just a little more faith and grace
Is all that I need

[Verse 1:]
My burden seems hard to bear
No one to help me share
But I know I can make the call
Cause I know God will hear
It seems like every door locked
I know He’s gonna hear me knock
I know I will stand right
Cause I’m standing on the rock

[Chorus]

[Verse 1]

[Chorus]

[Outro:]
That’s all, that’s all, all I need [x6]

Faith and grace
Help me run this race
That’s all I need [x6]
Some faith and grace
I need some faith and grace
I need a little more faith and grace
We all need more faith and grace
Everybody on faith and grace
Just a little more faith and grace
To help me run this race
That’s all I need [x4]
A little more faith and grace
I need
C’mon faith and grace
I know I can make a call
I know God will hear
I know I can make a call
I know God will hear
I’ll be standing right
I’ll be standing on the rock
Standing on the rock [x8]
Get right with God [x5]

Get right with God [x20]

A little more faith and grace
Faith and grace
A little more faith and grace [x6]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,789: ‘Faith and Grace’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    I think the same part of you that enjoyed watching Schindler’s List multiple times continues here with your desire to repeatedly play this type of album. For me, a little melancholy country sung by a slurry vocalist goes a long way. Next!

  2. Peg says:

    I think it was an interesting journey because I really didn’t have a sense of her music; I think I would rather listen to this album then watch Schindler’s List though 🙂

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