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lifeline revisited

I first spoke of Iris DeMent's new album of gospel songs, Lifeline, ten days ago. Then I'd only heard it on Rhapsody ... now I have the album. Which means I have the liner notes, where Iris writes "These songs aren't about religion. At least for me they aren't. They're about something bigger than that." She explains how when she was young, her mother would sing gospel music at the piano when she was feeling bad, and now, when Iris feels bad, she can use that music to calm her the way her mother did long ago.

I don't know ... it's pretty odd to hear the woman who wrote the great agnostic anthem, "Let the Mystery Be," singing these songs, because the way they aren't about religion is personal to Iris ... to us, they sound like gospel songs. Well done ... as I said earlier, I'm always happy to hear Iris DeMent sing. But this album isn't going to replace My Life. There's one song, though, "I Don't Want to Get Adjusted," that speaks even to a non-believer like me:

In this world we have our trials
Sometimes lonesome, sometimes blue
But the hope of life eternal
Makes all old hopes brand new

I don't want to get adjusted
To this world, to this world
'Cause I've got a home so much better
I'm gonna go there sooner or later
And I don't want to get adjusted to this world

Lord I'm growing old and weary
There's no place that feels like home
Saviour come my soul to ferry
To where I never more will roam

And I don't want to get adjusted
To this world, to this world
I've got a home so much better
I'm gonna go there sooner or later
And I don't want to get adjusted to this world

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