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Cowgirl's Prayer

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Street Release Date: 09/28/1993

Emmylou Harris has aged more gracefully than any other country artist (with the exception of Willie Nelson). 1993's Cowgirl's Prayer showcases this maturity in a collection of songs that share wisdom, offer forgiveness, make amends, and explore spirituality. As always, Harris's voice is angelic and sad, her phrasing languid and lonesome. Lucinda Williams's "Crescent City" glows with tragic barroom neon while the classic "You Don't Know Me" takes on a deeper meaning, as if sung perhaps to an old friend or a lost relative? And while spoken-word delivery often falls flat, "Jerusalem Tomorrow" tells such a compelling story--and Harris's delivery is so knowing--that it haunts you long after it's over. --Alexandra Russell

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  1. A Ways To Go 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. The Light 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. High Powered Love 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. You Don't Know Me 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Prayer In Open D 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Crescent City 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Lovin' You Again 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Jerusalem Tomorrow 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Thanks To You 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I Hear A Call 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Ballad Of A Runaway Horse 5:35$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum / Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002HE3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Matt Coker on July 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
COWGIRL'S PRAYER does more than provide the transition between 1992's all acoustic AT THE RYMAN and 1995's extraordinary atmospheric classic WRECKING BALL. Emmylou Harris' first record after leaving Warner/Reprise was also her most experimental since EVANGELINE, and contains one of the best interpretive song sets of her career. The arrangements given to these songs are brilliantly unique, and the vocals display the skill and variety of Emmylou Harris' talent as one of the greatest vocalists in music history. COWGIRL'S PRAYER is a complex and georgeous recording that will appeal to all fans whether they love PIECES OF THE SKY and BLUEBIRD, or WRECKING BALL and RED DIRT GIRL.
"A Ways To Go" with its fantastic introduction has been a favorite from my first listen. Harris' lead vocal perfectly captures the songs determination, and the arrangement fits beautifully. Emmylou Harris co-wrote "The Light" with Kieran Kane, the song is enchanting. Featuring a gut-string guitar, acoustic bass, pedal steel, drums, and percussion, the musicians give the song an other-worldly feel, helped by an incredible lead and harmony vocal from Harris. The main character of "High Powered Love" needs just that, a real lover. The song rocks, really well, with a lead vocal to match. There isn't a piano or a string section on "You Don't Know Me", yet its a gorgeous ballad, with its beautiful mix of guitars, acoustic bass, pedal steel, and harmony. The ache in the song is tangible, with her magnificent vocal performance, further proof that few can sing love songs as well as Emmylou Harris.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Zuurbier on July 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Emmylou Harris' 1993 album COWGIRLS PRAYER is often overlooked, especially since 1995's WRECKING BALL was such a success. And its a shame, WRECKING BALL sure deserves the honor, but many people miss out on this one, which is a shame because this is a beautiful album start to finish. This album has a very ethereal feel to it, her voice is in top form. Hands down the best cut is the closing "Ballad of a Runaway Horse". Both that and "Jerusalem Tomorrow" are haunting tales which Emmylou delves right into, the storyteller. She handles "Ballad" quite well, it was written by Leonard Cohen. Another great song is the Tony Arata written "I Hear A Call", which is pretty inspirational. However the saddest song is probably "Prayer In Open D", which will always be one of my favorite Emmylou Harris songs, its so heartbreaking. Other highlights include "Lovin You AgaiN", "Crescent City", "You Don't Know Me", "The Light", and "A Ways To Go". This was essentially her last pop country album, country radio wouldn't play her. Their loss totally, she's too good for them. Don't miss this one!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris W. Briggs on July 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD blew me away the first time I heard it and continues to be one of my favorites. Prayer in Open D makes me tear up every time I hear it. It will be played at my memorial service. Excellent production and musicians. Emmylou is in fine voice. This was her last "pop-country" album due to the lack of air play. Country radio can't appreciate a maturing artist. This is one I would want on a deserted island or a long space-ship ride.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on February 5, 2005
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This gem of an album opens with the most moving song A Ways To Go, a deeply spiritual number with a gripping melody. The Light, a slow, sad love song with an ultimate message of hope, follows it. Then on to High Powered Love, a brilliant blend of witty lyrics and vocal passion and You Don't Know Me, an achingly beautiful number that sounds almost devotional in its tenderness. This one reminds me of one of Joan Baez's early folk songs, Lady Mary, on one of her 1960s albums.

Prayer In Open D, one of Harris' own compositions, is a spiritual masterpiece exploring the dark valleys of the soul, but with a comforting undertone of mercy and redemption. Sort of like a more intellectual Green Pastures (on Roses In The Snow), it is real gooseflesh stuff. Emmylou gives Lucinda Williams' Crescent City a splendid, lilting treatment to create a fuller, more evocative sound without sacrificing the original's poignant mood of yearning and nostalgia.

Another brilliant story song is Lovin' You Again with its captivating plot and authentic emotion, a mature and poetic love ballad. In the spoken track Jerusalem Tomorrow, Emmylou narrates a powerful and wistful tale over moody, atmospheric music. This unusual number proves that her talking is as appealing as her singing. Thanks To You has a jerky rhythm and a bluesy feel, whilst I Hear A Call is a soulful song of transcendence, one of my favourites on Cowgirl's Prayer. The playing and arrangement are sheer genius as they perfectly carry and frame her vocals.

Her haunting version of Ballad Of A Runaway Horse shows what a sympathetic interpreter of Leonard Cohen she can be. I wish Emmylou would do it more often. The inflections of her voice and her phrasing are just perfect for Cohen's music.
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