Song of the Day #2,774: ‘I Know All About It’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20The third track on Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 is the first with lyrics penned by Williams herself. She follows Woody Guthrie’s tale of a prostitute with this plea from one victim of domestic abuse to another.

Highway 20 is a stretch of road that runs from South Carolina to Texas, through the deep south that Williams has written about for decades now. This album is a collection of songs about the lost and lonely souls who live along that stretch.

This song sounds like something you might play while driving that desolate highway, late at night with no other cars on the road. More beautiful guitar work by Bill Frisell. It certainly sets a mood.

You’ve been living on the jazz side of life
Carrying your pain in your back pocket
Like a sharp-edged knife
And somebody told me
There’s the man you’ve been seeing
But I know he ain’t your lover
And I know he ain’t your friend
And I can tell by the way you look
You ain’t been treating yourself right, girl
And you’ve been hooked
And if I could, I would come to your side
I know you wouldn’t want me to
It would only hurt your pride

[Chorus:]
Why do you act like you don’t know me at all?
Why do you, why do you turn your face to the wall
Girl, don’t try to run away like that
I know all about the pain
And all that jazz

You lean against the bar
With that look on your face
The leather’s worn on your boots
And your blouse is tattered lace
You pawned your guitar
And you’re busted again
Your Chevy’s broken down
And you’re looking for a ride with him
You lie on your bed
And stare at the plaster peeling
And wonder where your spirit went
That wild, abandoned feeling
Something you always knew about
Something you almost forgot
Hidden in a place somewhere
Deep down in your heart

[Chorus]

I know all about the pain
And all that jazz

I know all about it
I know all about it, girl
I know all about it
I know all about it, girl
I know all about it
I know all about it, girl
I know all about it
I know all about it

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,774: ‘I Know All About It’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    I suspect that if I were listening to this late at night while driving on highway 20, I would careen off the road after falling sound asleep.

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