Monday, February 21, 2011

Tunes | Leaning on the Everlasting Arms



The incomparable Iris Dement belts out this old gospel song - in a very different, aching way - at the end of True Grit. Her version breaks your heart and would be perfect for a funeral. This rendition by the Blind Boys of Mississippi about half a century back makes you feel like you're already in heaven.

7 comments:

Matt Wes said...

ths duets Iris did on John Prine's "In spite of ourselves" album were always my favorites.

ADG said...

Love this. And love Iris' too. Do yourself a favor (ignore the silly dancing graphics) and listen to The Shaw Singers "Goin' Home to Jesus" on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNamDjPhJg4

Hollister H. Hovey said...

Those John Prine duets are just ridiculously great.

Unclelooney said...

I'm guessing the Coen Bros. first heard that song in "Night Of The Hunter" Robert Mitchum sings the song several times in the film, once with Lillian Gish. That version is on one of the THE OXFORD AMERICAN southern music compilations.

Unclelooney said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N9LnkKQfuc

Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish singing "Leaning"

Hollister H. Hovey said...

That's just wonderful. I've gotta see the whole movie. God, it looks great. Thanks, Uncle L!

John Barclay said...

I've been a fan of Iris for a long time and the Blind Boys too. Found you through my friend Brohammas...