"Dust 2" as written by and Elvis Costello....
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 you leave it alone?

If dust could only speak
Caught in a falling beam
If dust could only cry
If dust could only scream
For it's the single witness that might testify
Could I spit out the truth?
Or would you rather just swallow a lie?

But dust is always caught behind a coat of paint
Beneath the marble fingernails of kings and saints
And in the theater curtain where they hang a drape
And in the ticket pocket where your hands escape

Before they start to wander
And they start to shrink
You rub your eye a little and appear to blink
And then she caught you staring
She knows just what you're thinking
What got into you was not a ghost as such
It was just dust

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 come the lamb of God
And the butcher's boy, Sonny

Well I believe we just
Become a speck of dust
Well I believe we just
Become a speck of dust
Well I believe we just
Become a speck of dust


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"Dust 2..." as written by Elvis Costello

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    General Commenti cant believe no one posted anything here yet, this song is so good, elvis costello comes up with the greastest lyrics and his songs are amazing
    catch me fallingon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnybody else notice how many times he talks about taste in WIWC? It's kinda funny. Anyway. The lyrics are absolutely amazing here. "marble fingernails of kings and saints", "she caught you staring, she knows what you're thinking." Guh.
    chaordicon April 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeeah! This is poetic genius I think. Dust is a reference to all the little guilts, hidden truths and mysteries in history, and how they haunt us.
    "What got into you is not a ghost as such
    It was just dust"

    Also, a very stong last verse:

    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 come the Lamb of God
    And the butcher's boy, Sonny

    Can anyone interpret this?
    LukeBon December 02, 2006   Link

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