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The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams

2016

Album


The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams

Released: 05/02/2016

Genre: Rock

℗ 2015 Highway 20 Records



  • Dust

  • House of Earth

  • I Know All About It

  • Place in My Heart

  • Death Came

  • Doors of Heaven

  • Louisiana Story

  • Ghosts of Highway 20

  • Bitter Memory

  • Factory

  • Can't Close the Door on Love

  • If My Love Could Kill

  • If There's a Heaven

  • Faith and Grace

14 songs, total time, 0 Byte

Song lyrics

[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...

Dust

Lucinda Williams


[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
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust

[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

[Chorus]
But
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust

[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
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
Even your thoughts are dust
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"Dust" Track Info



As with 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Williams leads her album with an adaptation of a poem written by her father, Miller Williams. The most notable lyrical change from poem to song is the chorus, which in the poem reads “even your thoughts are dry” instead of “even your thoughts are dust.”

The song describes a grief that feels overwhelming, hopeless, empty, and dry.

The text alone leaves unclear whether the “you” is meant to be plural, making the song an expression of a universal despair, or singular, making it more of an accusation against a single person. The association with her recently-deceased father would certainly substantiate the former reading, but the music choice of repeated lines could also make it seem more of the latter. This interpretation is echoed in Pitchfork's review:

Williams' voice indicts someone she's grown tired of tending to. “Even your thoughts are dust,” she seethes in the refrain, extending the simple syllables until her voice collapses in exasperation.