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"Grandma's Hands," by Bill Withers
This song just speaks to my heritage with laser-point accuracy. Bill Withers quite simply has a way with that! At my grandmother Ernestine McMullen's funeral, I started a sing-along with this one—and it worked! Imagine a group of people going from crying to singing and clapping. The power of the perfect word...