Song of the Day #4,187: ‘Are You Down’ – Lucinda Williams

This track, from Lucinda Williams’ 2001 album Essence, is a perfect example of that record’s spare, haunting loveliness.

Like many songs on the album, ‘Are You Down’ has few lyrics and a whole lot of atmosphere. The interplay of guitar and drums on this track has a distinct Dire Straits vibe, which is certainly a good thing in my book.

At the time, Essence suffered a bit with critics because the long-awaited follow-up to the 1998 classic Car Wheels On a Gravel Road lacked that album’s expansive palette. But over time it has emerged as one of Williams’ most rewarding listens.

Can’t put the rain back in the sky
Once it falls down
Please don’t cry

Rain turns the dirt into mud
Warm and messy
Like your love

Can’t force the river upstream
When it goes south
Know what I mean?

Nothin’ will make me take you back
Are you down babe
Down with that?

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,187: ‘Are You Down’ – Lucinda Williams

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Nice sound.

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