Dust To Dust

Album: The Civil Wars (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars wrote this anthem for the lonely late one night in Birmingham, England. Williams explained: "Sometimes you come across somebody who thinks they are hiding their pain, but if we are all honest, nobody is very good at it."

    "You're like a mirror, reflecting me.
    Takes one to know one, so take it from me."

    According to Williams, when she penned this song with White, they "decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives."
  • "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is a phrase from the English burial service, used sometimes to denote total finality. It is based on the scriptural text "Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return." (Genesis 3:19)
  • The song's music video uses lost footage from The Civil Wars' trip to Paris in March 2011. "When we re-discovered what we'd once thought to be lost footage from two years ago, these forgotten images from a trip to Paris strangely seemed fitting for the feel of 'Dust to Dust,'" said Williams. "For me, it's like stepping back in time."

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