The opening track of The River & the Thread
, Rosanne Cash calls this song "a mini-travelogue of the South and of the soul."
It contains a line inspired by her friend Natalie Chanin, who runs a clothing company called Alabama Chanin. Rosanne and her husband/musical partner John Leventhal stopped in to see Chanin during their trip to the South. "She was teaching me to sew, and she said this great line: 'You have to love the thread,'" Cash said in our interview
. "I started thinking about it in a bigger way. And of course the music of the South and Appalachia were deeply embedded in both of us, and John was getting really inspired as well."
Cash then "wove" the line into the song and used it as the basis for the album title.