Song of the Day #2,788: ‘If There’s a Heaven’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_ghosts_highway_20The penultimate song on Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 makes it clear that while this album is about life in those small southern towns, it is just as much a reaction to the passing of her father.

Perhaps those two themes are forever intertwined, as Williams’ childhood memories are no doubt populated largely by that man and those places. As the album starts winding to a close, the most prominent ghost of all proves to be that of Miller Williams.

[Chorus:]
When you go, you let me know
If there’s a Heaven out there
When you leave me here to grieve
In pain and despair
I’ve seen the face of hell
I know that place pretty damn well
But when you go, you’ll let me know
If there’s a Heaven out there

One day you fly away
Far beyond the blue
When you’re done
And your run is finally through
I’m forced to let go
There’ll be no greater sorrow
One day you fly away
Far beyond the blue

I’ll be lost when you cross over to the other side
My pain would be in vain if I found out they lied
When you go I need to know
If what they say is really so
Cause I’ll be lost when you cross over to the other side

Will you promise me this
Before you let go of my hand
Before we visit our last kiss
And you are cold and cannot stand
Before it’s finally time
And you’ve taken my sunshine
Will you promise me this
Before you let go of my hand

[Chorus]

When you go, you let me know
If there’s a Heaven out there

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,788: ‘If There’s a Heaven’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana says:

    If her dad is up there looking down, he’s probably wondering why his daughter sings as if she has marbles in her mouth and why she felt the need to release a double album.

  2. Clay says:

    Or he’s glad the album is getting incredible reviews, hater!

  3. Peg says:

    Lyrics are so sad; I’m sure her father is pleased that she misses him so and that her album is getting good reviews. As far as the marbles go . . .

  4. Andrea Katz says:

    Heartwrenching lyrics as written. A bit harder to hear distinctly. Dana, you are just terrible!

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