The Ballad Of Sally Rose
Harris Emmylou Lyrics


Her mama picked him up in south Minnesota
He promised her the world but they never got that far
For he was last seen in that '59 DeSota
When Sally was born in the black hills of Dakota
She was washed in the blood of the dying Sioux nation
Raised with a proud but a wandering heart
And she knew that her roots were in the old reservation
But she had stars in her eyes and graeter expectations
No rings on her fingers no bells on het toes
With bugs on her headlights
And runs in her hose
Through the valley of the shadow of Roosevelt's nose
Adios, South Dakota, adios Sally Rose
They've got a national monument carved out of stone
On the side of a mountain where her forefathers roamed
Playing cowboys and Indians right under the nose
Of Theodore Roosevelt and the sweet Sally Rose
So she left Rapid City in the blue moonlight hour
With her eye on the highway and her foot on the floor
And turnin' the dial she was pulled by the power
Of the word coming out of that broadcasting tower

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONEXION MEDIA GROUP, INC.
Written by: EMMYLOU HARRIS, PAUL KENNERLEY

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Tahititoutou

This is but the first song of what I consider her best album ever.  It is the album that made me discover her.  In two ways ;
1° I had never heard of her before when I borrowed the vinyl at the municipal library, and
2° does she speak of Sally Rose or  ...of herself in these songs?  The 14 songs are not randomly picked but follow the chronological unfolding of a story.  Whose story?  Emmylou admits it is autobiographical.  

The words of some of these songs are extremely deep, highly spiritual :
"As each long day rolls by and falls behind me
In the loneliness there's a peacefulness I find
Though I'm weary even then
When I rise to start again
There'll be a diamond, a diamond in my crown.

...I'll shall not disavow all these ties that bind me now
They'll be a diamond, a diamond in my crown

...the sorrows that I have known, I'll see them all be overthrown
They'll be a diamond, a diamond in my crown

Through the passing of the years I will grow stronger
Just as sure as this old world keeps spinnin' round
And the closer I will be to my sweetest victory
There'll be a diamond in my crown
(in "Diamond in my crown")

In a moment of deep distress that I lived, such lyrics were a motivator for me to hit the road again.  Because the distress not directly expressed but so vividly implied in the first part of the album is followed by such a firm determination to live, to live fully, to live a useful life.  And whatever one may go through, if one keeps on toward one's goal, the end will be an apotheosis, as expressed in the conclusion of this magnificent album :

"Oh my children
Sorrow shall come to each of us
All our triumphs will soon lay buried in the dust
Long forgotten...
But when the silver turns to rust
Love is found when the heart is lost."

For me, this album is THE masterpiece of country/western music.



rebsarge

Just in case there's more out there whose high frequency hearing is as shot to hell as mine, here are the words to this magnificent song:

Her mama picked him up in south Minnesota
He promised her the world but they never got that far
For he was last seen in that '59 DeSota
When Sally was born in the black hills of Dakota
She was washed in the blood of the dying Sioux nation
Raised with a proud but a wandering heart
And she knew that her roots were in the old reservation
But she had stars in her eyes and graeter expectations
No rings on her fingers no bells on het toes
With bugs on her headlights
And runs in her hose
Through the valley of the shadow of Roosevelt's nose
Adios, South Dakota, adios Sally Rose
They've got a national monument carved out of stone
On the side of a mountain where her forefathers roamed
Playing cowboys and Indians right under the nose
Of Theodore Roosevelt and the sweet Sally Rose
So she left Rapid City in the blue moonlight hour
With her eye on the highway and her foot on the floor
And turnin' the dial she was pulled by the power
Of the word coming out of that broadcasting tower



All comments from YouTube:

Dave Siler

The magnificent voice of an angel---she has no equals!!!!

Larry Beavens

I’m 76, and I’ve grown up and grown old with Emmylou’s music. I’m not sure a bigger fan exists on the planet. And of all her albums, The Ballad of Sally Rose sits atop the list of my favorites. I bought the vinyl LP when it first came out, I’ve taken care of it, and it still plays beautifully today. There’s just something special about this album; to me it shines a huge spotlight on Emmylou’s talent as a singer/songwriter. Her music has been with me throughout the ups and downs of adult life, through good times and bad. For that I am eternally grateful.

Greg Westermeier

What a beautiful pure voice...I could listen to her all day long..

Gwen Beauchamp

When I first heard this cassette, I could not hear it enough and memorized each song. Yes, It is underrated and will be one of history's best.

LNL

@hotajax Her pals, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, pretty darn good, too:)

hotajax

I'm with ya. Best CD I have in my collection. BTW, best artist, too.

Tom P

What an amazingly talented songwriter and musician. She puts her heart and soul into every song she performs. I love her wistful and forlorn voice. Emmylou - you are the elder stateswoman of country music.

Ian James Batkin

I know this album was a financial and critical flop but I think it is one of the greatest concept albums ever produced. Amazing songs, sung beautifully with brilliant musicians.

Matt Thompson

Paul made some great concept albums at a time when the idea didn’t fit the industry factory model of the way you did it, with two or three singles made to sell as 45’s and the rest filler.

Kursebi

@Mike Wilkins exactly.

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