Song of the Day #48: ‘There’s a Story in Your Voice’ – Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams

Elvis Costello has done a lot of duets in his time. He’s been around so long now, and worked in so many different genres, that there’s really not a thing he hasn’t done in the music business.

His stellar album The Delivery Man, a concept album about a love triangle in the deep south, contains three duets: two with Emmylou Harris (who must appear as a backup/second singer on far more songs than she sings on her own) and this one with Lucinda Williams.

The Costello/Harris tunes are lovely, lilting things but I’m far more intrigued by this raucous, deep-fried country carnival of a song. Williams, one of my very favorite artists, is dangerously close to unhinged here — she sounds like a woman who’d greet you with a shotgun in her lap when you show up late without a good excuse. I love it.

As in just about all of Costello’s songs, there are great lines throughout. Among my favorites is this early couplet: “Cos somebody put the hurt in you for everyone to see, and you only have to speak to tell your fortune.”

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #48: ‘There’s a Story in Your Voice’ – Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams

  1. Amy says:

    Late January/early February can’t arrive soon enough.

  2. Amy says:

    Oh, was I supposed to notice the song? Sorry. Focused now. Their voices work well together, and I enjoyed the song (esp. her woohoo at the end). Still, I adore Elvis and Emmylou’s duet on “The Scarlet Tide” from Cold Mountain, so I wish you would have chosen it (though I would have missed the Sawyer tribute). I’m rooting for an appearance this week by our favorite musical comedy duo, Lyle and Randy. 🙂 (You know I have to try to anticipate some of your selections in every theme week).

  3. Clay says:

    Yeah, I should have known that video could be distracting. 🙂

    I considered Randy and Lyle (had a couple options) but didn’t go there. Not this week, anyway.

  4. Dana says:

    good pick. This was probably my first introduction to Luncinda.

  5. pegclifton says:

    Enjoyed this on all levels.

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