Dust

Album: No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • The opening track of No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, "Dust" was the song that gave the album its direction and mood. Oh Wonder's Josephine Vander Gucht explained to The Sun: "This was the first song we wrote where we were like, 'Ah! This could go somewhere!' It's basically a weird stream of consciousness with super-lush backing vocals and a simple, feel good chord structure."
  • Lyrically, the song is an encouragement to those weighed down by the state of the world.

    We're all made up of each other
    From dust to dust to dust
    You and me, the same, my sister
    From dust to dust to dust


    Oh Wonder explained to Billboard: "We wanted it to be a comforting reminder that in spite of everything, all humans are fundamentally the same and made up of the same matter. We should therefore have compassion and be there for each other, and let each other get on with our own business of "wearing our crowns."
  • The album title comes from the opening lyric on this song.

    When people try to get you down
    Remember that I'm here for you
    No one else can wear your crown
    It's yours, just yours


    Vander Gucht explained: "We realized it sums up the sentiment of the record. It's your life, and therefore you are the ruler of it. No one can tell you how to live."

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