Song Of The Year | 3rd Quarter Finalist | Ben Howard | Gracious

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When I started selecting and posting the “Song Of The Year” starting in 2011 and now picking them quarterly… I wondered what song would hit me hard for a certain pocket of my life.  Doing them quarterly I think reflects my year better than just picking one song.  The song I selected is from Ben Howard and it’s called Gracious.  It’s such a sweet song for so many reasons.

I started listening to this song in 2012 when I downloaded his Every Kingdom Album.

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I had it on a mixtape that I discontinued and then added it to the Sunday Morning Series that you can find here and the album cover is above.

I’ve always found the slower songs of Ben so soothing.  Gracious is just like another song called Everything.  But the words of Gracious means more to me now than before.  You take things for granted in life and music is one of them.  You don’t know what impact it has on you till something triggers.

Below is a “live” version from 2012 which is sweet.

“Gracious”

How would you know?
When everything around you’s changing like the weather,
A big black storm.
And who would you turn to?
Or hide a ghost, a shadow at the most, would you let me know?
Cause I don’t want to,
To trouble your mind with the childish design of how it all should go.
But I love you so,
But it all comes clear, when the wind is settled, I’ll be here, you know.

Cause you said ours were the lighthouse towers
The sand upon that place
Darling I’ll grow weary, happy still
With just the memory of your face

Gracious goes the ghost of you
And I will never forget the plans and the
Silhouettes you drew here and
Gracious goes the ghost of you
My dear

And how would you know?
When everything around you’s bruised and battered
Like the cold night storm.
And who would you turn to?
Or hide a ghost, a shadow at the most, would you tell me so?
Cause I, I adore you so
When it all comes clear, the wind is settled, I’ll be here, you know.

Cause you said ours were the lighthouse towers
The sand upon that place
Darling I’ll grow weary, happy still
With just the memory of your face

Gracious goes the ghost of you
And I will never forget the plans and the
Silhouettes you drew here and
Gracious goes the ghost of you
My dear

Gracious goes the ghost of you
And I will never forget the plans and the
Silhouettes you drew here and
Gracious goes the ghost of you
My dear

I’ve posted the version of Gracious before with Chris, Ben and the lovely Lady India Bourne.  Sweet song that came on the iPod when listening to the Sunday Morning and the words stood out more and just love it.  It’s my Song Of The Year Finalist for 2015.  Wait to see what September will bring.

I find it really hard to just pick one song.

Previous Selected Songs:

Ben Howard | Gracious | 2015 | Q2

Ben Howard | Time Is Dancing | 2015 | Q1

Vancouver Sleep Clinic feat. Raury | Superfly | 2015 | Bonus Song To Start The Year

We Were Promised Jetpacks | It’s Thunder And Lighting | 2014

Ivan + Alyosha | The Fold | 2013

Ben Howard | The Fear | 2012

Passenger | The Last Unicorn | 2011

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