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Patty Griffin


Patty Griffin (born Patricia Jean Griffin on March 16, 1964, in Old Town, Maine) is an American Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and musician. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered around the folk music genre, her songs have been covered by a host of musicians including Emmylou Harris, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, and the Dixie Chicks. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Americana Music Association's "Artist of the Year" award and her album, Children Running Through, won for "Best Album". In 2011, her album Downtown Church won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

After a short marriage which ended in 1992, Griffin began playing in Boston coffee houses and was scouted by A&M Records who signed Griffin on the strength of her demo tape. This resulted in her debut album Living With Ghosts -- a set of demos featuring only Ms. Griffin and her guitar -- which garnered critical acclaim in 1996. Her sophomore album, Flaming Red, demonstrated a more rocking, full-band sound. The ill-fated Silver Bell album was never released by her record label, however, and the label terminated her recording contract shortly after that. Many of the songs from Silver Bell were re-recorded for subsequent albums.

After switching to ATO Records Griffin brought out three albums in rapid succession: 1000 Kisses and Impossible Dream, which were both nominated for Grammy awards, and A Kiss in Time, a well-received live album. In March 2007, she released Children Running Through to great critical acclaim.

She has penned a wide variety of songs - Long Ride Home, Top of the World, Tony, Forgiveness, Chief, Mad Mission--that touch her listeners deeply. A number of high profile artists have covered Patty's songs, including the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, The Wreckers, Solomon Burke and pop star Kelly Clarkson; these have brought her exposure in the more mainstream pop and country worlds outside of folk music circles. Upon hearing Solomon Burke's cover of one of her tunes, she said she almost didn't feel worthy of singing it anymore.

Following her collaboration with Mavis Staples on a tune for a compilation album Peter York, suggested Griffin make an album of gospel songs. Griffin agreed on the condition that Buddy Miller, a friend and bandmate, produced the record. Downtown Church was recorded at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville with a 2010 release date. The album features long-time friends Buddy and Julie Miller, as well as Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris. It also includes songs by Hank Williams, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, and "All Creatures of Our God and King," a song accredited to St. Francis of Assisi.

Griffin featured on Robert Plant's solo album, Band of Joy, which was released in September 2010

Griffin's album American Kid was released on May 7, 2013



Song lyric Rain RAIN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Long Ride Home LONG RIDE HOME Patty Griffin
Song lyric Heavenly Day HEAVENLY DAY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Let Him Fly LET HIM FLY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Rowing Song ROWING SONG Patty Griffin
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Song lyric Cold As It Gets COLD AS IT GETS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Useless Desires USELESS DESIRES Patty Griffin
Song lyric Mary MARY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Top Of The World TOP OF THE WORLD Patty Griffin
Song lyric No Bad News NO BAD NEWS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Trapeze TRAPEZE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Chief CHIEF Patty Griffin
Song lyric Stolen Car STOLEN CAR Patty Griffin
Song lyric You'll Remember YOU'LL REMEMBER Patty Griffin
Song lyric Mad Mission MAD MISSION Patty Griffin
Song lyric Be Careful BE CAREFUL Patty Griffin
Song lyric Making Pies MAKING PIES Patty Griffin
Song lyric Florida FLORIDA Patty Griffin
Song lyric Sweet Lorraine SWEET LORRAINE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Railroad Wings RAILROAD WINGS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Someone Else's Tomorrow SOMEONE ELSE'S TOMORROW Patty Griffin
Song lyric Crying Over CRYING OVER Patty Griffin
Song lyric Not Alone NOT ALONE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Forgiveness FORGIVENESS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Goodbye GOODBYE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Moses MOSES Patty Griffin
Song lyric Getting Ready GETTING READY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Mother Of God MOTHER OF GOD Patty Griffin
Song lyric I Don't Ever Give Up I DON'T EVER GIVE UP Patty Griffin
Song lyric Time Will Do The Talking TIME WILL DO THE TALKING Patty Griffin
Song lyric Standing STANDING Patty Griffin
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Song lyric Every Little Bit EVERY LITTLE BIT Patty Griffin
Song lyric Nobody's Crying NOBODY'S CRYING Patty Griffin
Song lyric One Big Love ONE BIG LOVE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Tony TONY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Poor Man's House POOR MAN'S HOUSE Patty Griffin
Song lyric You Never Get What You Want YOU NEVER GET WHAT YOU WANT Patty Griffin
Song lyric Tomorrow Night TOMORROW NIGHT Patty Griffin
Song lyric Kite Song KITE SONG Patty Griffin
Song lyric Change CHANGE Patty Griffin
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Song lyric Big Daddy BIG DADDY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Blue Sky BLUE SKY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Boston BOSTON Patty Griffin
Song lyric Boxes BOXES Patty Griffin
Song lyric Breaking Up Somebody's Home BREAKING UP SOMEBODY'S HOME Patty Griffin
Song lyric Bubba's Sulky Lounge BUBBA'S SULKY LOUNGE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Buck Naked Heart BUCK NAKED HEART Patty Griffin
Song lyric Cain CAIN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Calling Me Home CALLING ME HOME Patty Griffin
Song lyric Carry Me CARRY ME Patty Griffin
Song lyric Cat's Out Of The Bag CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG Patty Griffin
Song lyric Catherine's Magic Stone CATHERINE'S MAGIC STONE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Christina CHRISTINA Patty Griffin
Song lyric Connie And Val CONNIE AND VAL Patty Griffin
Song lyric Crazy CRAZY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Don't Know A Thing/perfect White Girls DON'T KNOW A THING/PERFECT WHITE GIRLS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Driving DRIVING Patty Griffin
Song lyric Falling Down FALLING DOWN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Flaming Red FLAMING RED Patty Griffin
Song lyric Free FREE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Go Now GO NOW Patty Griffin
Song lyric Half A Person HALF A PERSON Patty Griffin
Song lyric I Wonder I WONDER Patty Griffin
Song lyric I Write The Book I WRITE THE BOOK Patty Griffin
Song lyric Illusions ILLUSIONS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Let Your Freedom Ring LET YOUR FREEDOM RING Patty Griffin
Song lyric Little God LITTLE GOD Patty Griffin
Song lyric Love Throws A Line LOVE THROWS A LINE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Made Of Clay MADE OF CLAY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Mil Besos MIL BESOS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Mil Besos (1,000 Kisses) MIL BESOS (1,000 KISSES) Patty Griffin
Song lyric Nebraska NEBRASKA Patty Griffin
Song lyric Never Been To Spain NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Night NIGHT Patty Griffin
Song lyric No More Prisoners NO MORE PRISONERS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Nobody Crying NOBODY CRYING Patty Griffin
Song lyric Nobody's Cryin' NOBODY'S CRYIN' Patty Griffin
Song lyric Off You Go OFF YOU GO Patty Griffin
Song lyric One More Girl ONE MORE GIRL Patty Griffin
Song lyric Pa Janvier PA JANVIER Patty Griffin
Song lyric Peter Pan PETER PAN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Regarding Mary REGARDING MARY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Shells SHELLS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Silver Bell SILVER BELL Patty Griffin
Song lyric So Long SO LONG Patty Griffin
Song lyric Song For The Eighties SONG FOR THE EIGHTIES Patty Griffin
Song lyric Sooner Or Later SOONER OR LATER Patty Griffin
Song lyric Sorry And Sad SORRY AND SAD Patty Griffin
Song lyric Stay On The Ride STAY ON THE RIDE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Swing Me SWING ME Patty Griffin
Song lyric Take It With Me TAKE IT WITH ME Patty Griffin
Song lyric The Gate THE GATE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Time Of The Dance TIME OF THE DANCE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Tracks Of My Tears TRACKS OF MY TEARS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Twisted Road TWISTED ROAD Patty Griffin
Song lyric Under These Clouds UNDER THESE CLOUDS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Unnecessary UNNECESSARY Patty Griffin
Song lyric Up And Flying UP AND FLYING Patty Griffin
Song lyric Up To The Mountains (MLK Song) UP TO THE MOUNTAINS (MLK SONG) Patty Griffin
Song lyric Up or Down UP OR DOWN Patty Griffin
Song lyric Vertigo VERTIGO Patty Griffin
Song lyric Wayfaring Stranger WAYFARING STRANGER Patty Griffin
Song lyric We Are Water WE ARE WATER Patty Griffin
Song lyric When It Doesn't Come Easy WHEN IT DOESN'T COME EASY Patty Griffin
Song lyric When Something's Broken WHEN SOMETHING'S BROKEN Patty Griffin
Song lyric White Dove WHITE DOVE Patty Griffin
Song lyric Wiggley Fingers WIGGLEY FINGERS Patty Griffin
Song lyric Words WORDS Patty Griffin
Song lyric You Are Not Alone YOU ARE NOT ALONE Patty Griffin
Song lyric You Decided YOU DECIDED Patty Griffin