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Iris DeMent (born 5 January 1961 in Paragould, Arkansas, USA) is a Grammy-nominated American country/folk singer and songwriter. As well as recording a series of successful solo albums, DeMent has sung duets with artists such asSteve Earle and Emmylou Harris and has featured on the albums of many other performers. In October 2012, she released "Sing the Delta", her first album of original songs in 16 years.Read More...
DeMent was the fourteenth and last child of Pat DeMent and the sixth child of his second wife, Flora Mae. She was born near the town of Paragould, Arkansas but grew up in California, where she was exposed to and influenced by country and gospel music.
DeMent songs are about everyday experiences. Her first album, Infamous Angel, was released in 1992 and explored themes like religious scepticism, living in a small town, where "nothing good ever lasts", and forgiving human frailty. In her second album, My Life, released in 1994, she continued the personal and introspective approach. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Contemporary Folk Album" category. Her third album, The Way I Should, released in 1996, tackled fiercely political topics like sexual abuse, religion, government policy, and Vietnam. After an eight year absence, she released Lifeline, a country-gospel collection of 12 covers and one original composition, in 2004.
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- LyricsSweet is the melody, so hard to come by
It's so hard to make every note bend just right
You lay down the hours and leave not one trace
But a tune for the dancing is there in it's place
Well, the dance floor's for gliding and not jumping over ponies
- LyricsAnd you know the sun's settin' fast,
And just like they say, nothing good ever lasts.
Well, go on now and kiss it goodbye,
But hold on to your lover,
'Cause your heart's bound to die.
- LyricsWell, you told me that you wished that things had not,
Turned out this way.
You never thought there'd come a time,
When you would go away.
But you stayed right here beside me,
- LyricsWell, I looked up into heaven, I thought I'd solve life's mysteries.
I observed the constellations for a clue to my destiny.
But the rhyme of life confounds me, things will be as things will be.
So I'll just dance the shores of Jordan 'til the angels carry me.
I'm gonna let my feet go dancing to my very favourite songs,
- LyricsFireflies inside of a mason jar.
Acting big behind the wheel of daddy's car.
Playing church around the old piano stand,
You were quite a preacher and oh, we sang so grand.
I remember every night what we would say and do:
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