Neil Diamond (with The Band) – Dry Your Eyes

It’s Neil Diamond’s 81st birthday (1/24/2022).

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan…

…maybe because I’ll pull my hair out if I hear another sports stadium crowd do that Sweet-Caroline-singalong (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, count your blessings).

Now that I have that cynical outburst out of my system…

…I have to say there’s one Neil Diamond song I like a lot.

It’s the song I share today, and it’s the one and only song he sang during The Band’s “The Last Waltz” concert.

I happened upon “The Last Waltz” while channel surfing over the weekend. (It had been a few years since I’d seen it. Such a great concert film.)

I tuned in just as Neil Diamond took the stage.

I love this song — especially this version with  Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson backing him.

Today’s Song 

Title: Dry Your Eyes

Artist: Neil Diamond (with The Band)

Album: The Band’s “The Last Waltz”
(Recorded, November 25, 1976; released in 1978)

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Dry your eyes, take your song out

When it’s a newborn afternoon

And if you can’t recall the singer, can you still recall the tune?

Dry your eyes and play it slowly, just like you’re marching off to war

Sing it like you always wanted, like you sung it once before

And from the center of the circle, to the biggest of the waiting crowd

If it ever is forgotten, sing it long and sing it loud

And come dry your eyes

And you taught us more about living, than we ever cared to know

And we came to learn a secret, and we never let it go

And it was more than being holy, though it was less than being free

And if you can’t recall the reason, can you hear the people see?

Right through the lightening and the thunder, to the dark side of the moon

To that distant falling angel, that descended much too soon

Come dry your eyes

Dry your eyes, take your song out

It’s a newborn afternoon

And if you can’t recall the singer, you can still recall the tune

And come dry your eyes

Come dry your eyes

Dry your eyes

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