From “Tulips” to “Roses in the Snow”

I must admit that the whole time I was writing the previous post, with the “Tulips in the Snow” title, I was thinking about the album I used to play so much, “Roses in the Snow,” recorded by Emmylou Harris, which featured many traditional songs with a bluegrass flavor. Roses in the Snow was the seventh album released by Emmylou Harris. The album was recorded in Nashville in July of 1979, and released in May of 1980.

One of the most played tracks on the album was Emmylou’s version of Ralph Stanley’s classic song, “The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn.” The album version featured Ricky Skaggs as featured vocalist.
I wanted to share this video of Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, performing in Budapest, Hungary. The song features guitarist/vocalist Barry Tashian, who grew up in Westport, Connecticut.
The words encourage our patience, perseverance, and faith. I am reminded that, during the darkest moment in human history … God was performing His greatest miracle.
Here are the words:

The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn
Ralph Stanley

The sun is slowly sinkin’
The day’s almost gone
Still darkness falls around us
And we must journey on

The darkest hour is just before dawn
The narrow way leads home
Lay down your soul at Jesus’ feet
The darkest hour is just before dawn

Like a shepherd out on the mountain
A-watchin’ the sheep down below
He’s coming back to claim us
Will you be ready to go

The darkest hour is just before dawn
The narrow way leads home
Lay down your soul
Let Jesus in
The darkest hour is just before dawn
The darkest hour is just before dawn


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