Song of the Day #2,883: ‘Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us’ – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

raising_sandHere’s a beautiful song from 2007’s Grammy-winning Raising Sand, a collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

This is the sort of safe, adult contemporary album that Grammy loves to award with its top prize (think Norah Jones, Steely Dan, Adele, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Dixie Chicks and the O Brother Where Art Thou? performers in just the last 20 years).

I haven’t given this album a good listen since I bought it, and my guess is I would appreciate it a lot more now than I did in 2007. Not because I’ve mellowed in my old age (maybe a little) but because it has the benefit of distance from the hype of the time.

One thing is for sure: I’ve always loved Alison Krauss’ pristine vocals. Here’s a great example of why.

Strange things are happening everyday
I hear the music up above my head
Though the sight of my heart has left me again
I hear music up above

Secrets are written in the sky
Looks like I’ve lost the love I’ve never found
Though the sound of hope has left me again
I hear music up above

Standing in my broken heart all night long
Darkness held me like a friend when love wore off
Looking for the lamb that’s hidden in the cross
The finder’s lost
I know I loved you too much
I’ll go alone to get through

I hear Rosetta singing in the night
Echos of light that shines like stars after they’re gone
And tonight she’s my guide as I go on alone
With the music up above

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,883: ‘Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us’ – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

  1. Dana says:

    Not much Plant on this track (I guess backup vocals in the last verse?). Very lovely though. Sounds like a lost track from Les Miserables.

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