...Dust cover
...Dust cover

...Dust Lyrics Meanings
by Elvis Costello

Jazz
2006
523

...Dust Lyrics

If dust could only talk
What would we hear it say?
Before it's brushed aside
Just as it's swept away

It's just the evidence
It's of no consequence
It's only flesh and bone
Why don't we leave it alone?

If dust could only gather into lines of chalk
Around a silhouette detective fiction walks
For it's the only witness that can testify
Can I spit out the truth or would you rather just swallow a lie?

Why did they dam the land?
How did they flood the plain?
Did they erase the name
And wipe away the stain?
You kept your mouth well shut
Appeared to turn your coat
Now there's a name for you but it's stuck in my throat If dust could only mutter
Or in laughter trill
If it could warn and whisper from the windowsill
For it's the only witness that can testify
Can I spit out the truth or would you rather just swallow a lie?

Here comes the juggernaut
Here come The Poisoners
They choke the life and land
And rob the joy from us
Why do they taste of sugar
When they are made of money?
Here come the Lamb of God
And the butcher's boy, Sonny

If dust could only gather in a needle track
Then it would skip a beat and it would jump right back
If dust could only gather in a needle track
Then it would skip a beat
And all the sense I lack

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Well , it's obvious the song is about whether one sees that there is life after death, an afterlife. It is very hard to tell whether Elvis is supporting the idea of life after death, but it seems like he wants us to think about it. I can see he also had an opportunity to use clever references to (what we turn into --dust) and other things. It almost appears to be written from a non-believers point of view. In the lines here come the juggernaut and poisoners and then comes the lamb of god. These lines are there to make us think beyond what society tells. I am pretty confident Elvis is a believer, it is just a song to make us all think.

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