Song of the Day #2,787: ‘If My Love Could Kill’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20We’re coming into the home stretch of The Ghosts of Highway 20. Just three songs left, haters! As for me, I can’t wait to dive back into this album from the start and really learn each of its songs.

Track five of Disc Two promises to shift the tone a little bit from the more upbeat (comparatively) songs we’ve heard so far this week. ‘If My Love Could Kill’ is about her father’s death after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

That was somehow both less raw and more emotionally powerful than I expected. I figured this would be a bare-bones guitar-and-vocals slow burner but it’s far prettier than that. The drums, for starters, are played without sticks and give the track an exotic feel.

This is also Williams’ most emotional vocal performance on the album so far, appropriate given the subject matter. Great song.

If my love could kill (2x)
I would kill this (2x)
Slayer of wonders
Slayer of words
Murderer of poets
Murderer of songs
Who robbed me of your memory
Who robbed me of your time
Made her way into the symphony
Of your beautiful mind (2x)

If my love could kill (2x)
I would kill this (2x)
Destroyer of brilliance
Destroyer of hope
Invader of skin
Invader of bone
Who robbed me of your memory
Who robbed me of your time
Made her way into the symphony
Of your beautiful mind (2x)

If my love could kill (2x)
I would kill this (3x)
If my love could kill (4x)

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,787: ‘If My Love Could Kill’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    This may be the first song on the album I actually like. I think it’s mostly the drums and guitar that are to be credited.

  2. Peg says:

    I agree. I like this song; beautiful lyrics very sad

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