Every Grain Of Sand
I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand
The literary culmination of Dylan's high-gospel period, "Every Grain Of Sand" ranks as one of the greatest spiritual meditations in the folk tradition, a close cousin of 'Amazing Grace' that posits the smallness of the devoted against the infinite power and beauty of nature. Inspired by the New Testament but unconstrained by doctrine, Dylan's six perfect verses tie together Buddhist, Christian, Hebrew, and Islamic concepts in the kind of joyous and terrifying gesture of awe that perhaps only Leonard Cohen could approach amidst his songwriting peers.