"Joy" as written by and Lucinda Williams....
I don't want you anymore
Cause you took my joy
I don't want you anymore
You took my joy

[Chorus]
You took my joy
I want it back
You took my joy
I want it back

I'm gonna go to west Memphis and look for my joy
Go to west Memphis and look for my joy
Maybe in west Memphis I'll find my joy
Maybe in west Memphis I'll find my joy

I'm gonna go to slidell and look for my joy
Go to slidell and look for my joy
Maybe in slidell I'll find my joy
Maybe in slidell I'll find my joy

You got no right to take my joy
I want it back
You got no right to take my joy
I want it back

[Chorus]

I'm gonna go to west Memphis and look for my joy
Go to west Memphis and look for my joy
Maybe in west Memphis I'll find my joy
Maybe in west Memphis I'll find my joy

I'm gonna go to slidell and look for my joy
Go to slidell and look for my joy
Maybe in slidell I'll find my joy
Maybe in slidell I'll find my joy

I don't want you anymore
Cause you took my joy
I don't want you anymore
You took my joy

[Chorus]

You took my joy
I want it back
You took my
I want it back

I'm gonna go to west Memphis
I'm gonna go to slidell


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"Joy" as written by Lucinda Williams

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    My InterpretationA lot of these songs seem to reflect Lucinda's wandering spirit as she seeks the familiar moving around city to city, in this case from a former lover, who maybe lives in the vicinity. This song sounds like a post break up song--not to oversimplify--and she's still upset about it. She's never weak though, always strong and emotive. In the last song, Jackson, she's going to move to Jackson or other cities she names, she says, Don’t think I’ll miss you much, but it's hard to believe that from the tone. The thing I like about 'Joy' is the vocal rhythm and inflection in the I'll find my Joy lines. It's a similar tone to Jackson in the implied uncertainty about getting over whatever is haunting her at her present home but being determined to move on. But like Zappa said, writing about music is like dancing about archictecture.
    psxdumyon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commentdetermination and a groove
    sdz896542on March 06, 2016   Link

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