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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.

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