"Most beautiful widow in town" as written by and Mark Linkous....
We were both standing
In your mother's living room
Sweating up a storm in that
Terrible month of June
And the sweat rolled down your cheek
And into your mouth
I knew this must've been a dream
Cause you're mother would never let me in her house

You are the most beautiful widow
You are the most beautiful widow
You are the most beautiful widow in town

Many years later
The glassy month of December
I stood with my hands in my pockets
Trying to avoid
A shiny wedding portrait
Hanging on that old woman's wall
Cause I knew you'd be wearing a smile
That'd be too painful to look upon

You are the most beautiful widow
I bet you are the most beautiful widow
I bet you are the most beautiful widow in town

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"Most Beautiful Widow in Town" as written by Mark Linkous

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    General CommentI think the song is written from the perspective of a dead husband who's watching over his wife in the afterlife.

    He sees her look at a photograph from their wedding day when she's many years older, but she still mourns him like it was yesterday.

    He says it must be a dream because "your mother would never let me in her house," but the reason he's there is cos he's dead.
    Smart Alexon August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh man. This one just dawned on me.
    It's Mark's ghost paying a visit to his wife Teresa 30 some years on. I suppose he had been pretty well convinced that he'd end up dying like he did. Many people with ongoing suicidal thoughts dwell on these things. I know he had spoken of suicidal feelings in the past. So, leaving Teresa a widow... He's sorry for what he's done to her. But not especially repentant.
    Beautifully, painfully honest song. A great insight.
    tooleyoclockon November 17, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthm. when i heard this song i thought it was a man (the singer) who is in love with a woman who doesnt love him back. her family hates him, she doesn't love him, she marries someone else. it's written looking back, i agree, but he's still alive, only her husband is dead. she is the most beautiful widow because he still loves her and wants her to love him.
    i thought it was quiet unrequited love.
    but you're comment was valid too alex.
    luey_babyon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI err to the side of unrequited love many years on. I've always said if William Faulkner had been a musician, he would've written this song. The music is so minimal, yet the lyrics are so image-laden--a superb song on all counts.
    NESooneron December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe only insight from Mark on Sparklehorse.com is:

    "A true story recorded with a two-dollar guitar."
    airpbjon May 20, 2011   Link

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