Dust gets red, and red dust plays
On the wind near Daniel's place
Danny's sick and smaller boy
Rhythm lingers on and on
On and on, on and on

Dust gets dead the sun gone down
Danny's boy lies in the ground
Guitar on the dead boy's chest
Devil's granting a last request
Play on and on, on and on


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    General CommentI think this song was written as an excuse to jam out with Calexico. Besides that, it's probably about a sickly child whose only friend is a guitar. I don't know, it's just a great tune to jam out to.
    OpinionHeadon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno, it was written way before "in the reins"........ there's a version with just sam and the acoustic guitar on the sea and the rhythm EP (much earlier)
    otherwise one of my favorite songs by iron and wine
    ikefoxon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno, it was written way before "in the reins"........ there's a version with just sam and the acoustic guitar on the sea and the rhythm EP (much earlier)
    otherwise one of my favorite songs by iron and wine
    ikefoxon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSorry, ikefox...

    You are wrong. I checked all the tracks on "sea and rhythm" and the lyrics for Red Rust were nowhere to be found. Is Red Rust a hidden track or what? I think it would've been listed otherwise.
    OpinionHeadon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have Red Dust as track three on The Sea and The Rhythm, but amazon says The Night Decending.

    This Red Dust track does exist with Calexico, but I'm not sure where it fits in.
    MosesConspiracyon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEr, "with and without" Calexico
    MosesConspiracyon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy apologies to you both...are there two releases of the CD then?
    OpinionHeadon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdon't be dumb. of course there is more than one release of the CD. try using Google. And ikefox said it was on the "EP (much earlier)," ie it is not on the later release. think with your brain, not your mouth (metaphorically speaking).
    magnottion March 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell, i was mistaken too. there is a 2002 version of the song but it's actually on the rare "Tour EP". gerpotze.com/ironandwine/ has it listed. a friend gave me a copy and mistakenly labeled it as the sea and the rhythm. sorry about that. but if you can find it, that version is better in my opinion.
    ikefoxon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere is a demo version ...and the In the reins version with calexico/.... I ignore any other version that was recordered live.
    manuelturcioson May 24, 2008   Link

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