Elvis Costello ...Dust cover

...Dust
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Lyrics and Meaning


Released
April 23, 2002
Genre
Jazz
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Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
If only dust could talk
What would we hear it say?
Before it's brushed aside
Just as it's swept away
Verse 2
It's just the evidence
It's of no consequence
It's only flesh and bone
Why don't we leave it alone?
Verse 3
If only dust could 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?
Verse 4
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
Verse 5
If dust could only mutter
Or in laughter trill
If it could warn and whisper from the windowsill...
But it's the only witness that can testify
Can I split out the truth
Or would you rather just swallow a lie?
Verse 6
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
Oh, when they're made of money?
Here comes the Lamb of God
And the butcher's boy, sonny
Verse 7
If dust could only gather in the 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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