15 January 2008

Lucinda Williams

Had it not been for a delayed flight last April I was meant to be in Chicago at a conference on the evening that my son Jeff died. As respite from political scientists on that trip I had planned to see Lucinda Williams in concert. I never got to use the tickets. Last summer, on the day that the judge announced that August's mom could move him permanently across the continent for no reason beyond her spite and the judge's ignorance, I again had planned to go and see Lucinda, this time for free here in Rochester. I skipped the show that evening.

Those coincidences have proven difficult because Williams is a truly compelling musician [1] [2] [3]. It also is difficult because many of her tunes speak directly to my experience of losing my sons. Here are the lyrics to the title track of World Without Tears for example:
World Without Tears Lyrics
Lucinda Williams

If we lived in a world without tears
How would bruises find
The face to lie upon?
How would scars find skin
To etch themselves into?
How would broken find the bones?

If we lived in a world without tears
How would heartbeats
Know when to stop?
How would blood know
Which body to flow outside of?
How would bullets find the guns?

If we lived in a world without tears
How would misery know
Which back door to walk through?
How would trouble know
Which mind to live inside of?
How would sorrow find a home?

If we lived in a world without tears
How would bruises find
The face to lie upon?
How would scars find skin
To etch themselves into?
How would broken find the bones?

If we lived in a world without tears
How would bruises find
The face to lie upon?
How would scars find skin
To etch themselves into?
How would broken find the bones?

How would broken find the bones?
How would broken find the bones?
You can hear Lucinda perform the tune live here on YouTube. LW doesn't list any upcoming shows listed on her web site. Maybe by the time she does, I'll have put the coincidences to one side.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Tracey said...

I came across this accidentally! I went to see Lucinda at the Shepherd's Bush Empire two nights ago. She was a little on edge at first... didn't want everyone to keep flashing their mobile phones at her. She was brilliant though. I hope you got to see her sometime.

29 July, 2009 07:44  

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