A Certain Light

Album: The Beast In Its Tracks (2013)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • The Beast in Its Tracks was written following the ending of Josh Ritter's marriage to singer-songwriter Dawn Landes and their subsequent divorce. The line, "She only looks like you in a certain kind of light," also crops up in another track from the album "New Lover."

    Ritter explained why he used the lyric twice to MSN CA: "If you're suddenly on your own and you're looking around at all these people in all these potential people you see in a bar, or girls you talk to. You think, 'Have I learned anything? I've gone down the same road again.' I love that line, because I do feel that, like Mark Twain says, 'It doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.' There are those moments when you feel a little rhyme happening. Or Stephen King talks about that too. I love that line, so I thought I'd write another song about it."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Harold Brown of War

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.

Holly Knight ("The Best," "Love Is A Battlefield")

Holly Knight ("The Best," "Love Is A Battlefield")Songwriter Interviews

Holly Knight talks about some of the hit songs she wrote, including "The Warrior," "Never" and "The Best," and explains some songwriting philosophy, including how to think of a bridge.

Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

Artis the Spoonman

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.