John Hiatt - Through Your Hands Lyrics




You were dreaming on a park bench
'Bout a broad highway somewhere
When the music from the carillon
Seemed to hurl your heart out there
Past the scientific darkness
Past the fireflies that float
To an angel bending down
To wrap you in her warmest coat

[Chorus:]
And you ask, "What am I not doing?"
She says "Your voice cannot command.
In time, you will move mountains,
And it will come through your hands."

Still you argue for an option
Still you angle for your case
Like you wouldn't know a burning bush
If it blew up in your face
Yeah, we scheme about the future
And we dream about the past
When just a simple reaching out
Might build a bridge that lasts

[Chorus]

So whatever your hands find to do
You must do with all your heart
There are thoughts enough
To blow men's minds and tear great worlds apart

There's a healing touch to find you
On that broad highway somewhere
To lift you high
As music flying
Through the angel's hair.

Don't ask what you are not doing
Because your voice cannot command
In time we will move mountains
And it will come through your hands





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  1. r pieces

    i thought it was kate bush on back up vocals, but it is karen peris.

  2. Marcel Versteeg

    such a beautiful song!

  3. Fred Firth

    Karen Peris from The Innocence Mission. Loved their first album.

    John Stinchcomb

    I love all their albums. She is easily one of my favorite songwriters of my lifetime.

  4. ctimd53

    I thought that David Crosby wrote this song?

  5. Janne McLaughlin

    My husband proposed ( in a tent in town park) to this song being sung at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival inn1993❤️
    today is our 24th anniversary❤️

  6. J J

    Amazing lyrics, another great song from the criminally underrated John Hiatt. I love this guy's music.

  7. Lisa Lee

    You were dreaming on a park bench
    'Bout a broad highway somewhere
    When the music from the carillon
    Seemed to hurl your heart out there
    Past the scientific darkness
    Past the fireflies that float
    To an angel bending down
    To wrap you in her warmest coat
    And you ask, "What am I not doing?"
    She says "Your voice cannot command.
    In time, you will move mountains,
    And it will come through your hands."
    Still you argue for an option
    Still you angle for your case
    Like you wouldn't know a burning bush
    If it blew up in your face
    Yeah, we scheme about the future
    And we dream about the past
    When just a simple reaching out
    Might build a bridge that lasts
    So whatever your hands find to do
    You must do with all your heart
    There are thoughts enough
    To blow men's minds and tear great worlds apart
    There's a healing touch to find you
    On that broad highway somewhere
    To lift you high
    As music flying
    Through the angel's hair.
    Don't ask what you are not doing
    Because your voice cannot command
    In time we will move mountains
    And it will come through your hands

    None Ya

    THANK YOU💚👍✌✊

  8. Mary Wallace

    I was lucky enough to be sitting right in front of him when he sang this acoustic on tour in 2005 - made me cry...

  9. Joshua MacNeil

    My Dad is Right, John Hiatt should be cherished.

  10. hocuspocusfocusable

    I suppose it was some issue...as to why they chose Don Henley, covering this, for the Movie 'Michael'...
    anyone know why?

    Josephina Kreuk-Visser

    You tell me, Hiatt's version is simply the Best! He knows how to sing this song, because he wrote it.

    Raven Littlewing

    Henley is a HUGE well known mainstream Star.. Hiatt is known mostly By Seekers and Pilgrims of Music..

    Josephina Kreuk-Visser

    Oh I know but, he should never have sung this beautiful John Haitt song, it does not fit his wellknown mainstream voice....Let him sing his great Eagles songs, please....David Crosby sings In Your Hands too and to be honest , with not a bad result. But hey, John Hiatt, he's the man! Love his songs and lyrics, I must be a pilgrim or a seeker ;).

  11. Nunzio Ballarino

    Adoro questo brano...c'è una versione stupenda tratta dal live del 1990

  12. rick lamb

    one of the most beautiful songs, ever

    Raven Littlewing

    easily.. Epic Beauty too bad the guitar chords are have for it are so complex I dream of playing and Singing it myself

    john leland

    Stay with it, persevere

    john leland

    Try Blue Telescope!

  13. Kitty Purrs

    Thank you, my Beloved.