Song of the Day #2,772: ‘Dust’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20Last year I posted my song-by-song discovery of Courtney Barnett’s album Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, listening to each song for the first time before writing about it.

I liked that experience, especially because the album turned out to be a great one, and I’ve been wanting to give it another try. This time, however, I’m going not with a newcomer but an artist I already know and love.

My copy of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 arrived in the mail last week and I’ve been avoiding the temptation to throw it in the car stereo because I want my first listen to happen right here.

Ghosts is a double album, like 2014’s excellent Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, so Lucinda fans have 14 days of gravelly goodness ahead, and non-fans will just have to hang in there.

Kicking things off is ‘Dust,’ a song based on a poem by Williams’ late father, Miller Willams.

My first impression, hearing this song through my headphones, is that Williams is in fine voice (the garbled slurring on recent albums has sometimes gone a bit too far) and the production is excellent. I’ve read that guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz play off each other beautifully on this album, and that’s clear on ‘Dust.’

The song clocks in at over 6 minutes but feels much shorter, thanks to that rich guitar interplay.

Great opening. I’m excited for the rest.

[Verse 1:]
It’s a sadness so deep the sun seems black
And you don’t have to try to keep the tears back
No you don’t have to try to keep the tears back
Cause you couldn’t cry if you wanted to
You couldn’t cry if you wanted to
Couldn’t cry if you wanted to
You couldn’t cry if you wanted to

[Chorus:]
Even your thoughts are dust [4x]

[Verse 2:]
So you stare at the ceiling
And wish the world would mend
Try to recall some better feeling
To no good end
Try to recall some better feeling
To no good end

But

[Chorus]

[Verse 1]

[Chorus x2]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,772: ‘Dust’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    You couldn’t do this experiment with a new Ben Folds album? This is going to be a very loooong 14 days for your most loyal commenter!😄

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