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...Dust

This song is by Elvis Costello and appears on the album When I Was Cruel (2002).

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If dust could only talk
What would we hear it say?
Before it's brushed aside
Just as it's swept away

It's just the evidence
It's of no consequence
It's only flesh and bone
Why don't we leave it alone?

If dust could only gather
Into lines of chalk
Around a silhouette
Detective fiction walks

For it's the only witness
That can testify
Can I spit out the truth
Or would you rather just swallow a lie?

Why did they dam the land?
How did they flood the plain?
Did they erase the name
And wipe away the stain?

You kept your mouth well shut
Appeared to turn your coat
Now there's a name for you
But it's stuck in my throat

If dust could only mutter
Or in laughter trill
If it could warn and whisper
From the windowsill

For it's the only witness
That can testify
Can I spit out the truth?
Or would you rather just swallow a lie?

Here comes the juggernaut
Here come The Poisoners
They choke the life and land
And rob the joy from us

Why do they taste of sugar
When they are made of money
Here come the Lamb of God
And the butcher's boy, Sonny

If dust could only gather
In the needle track
Then it would skip a beat
And it would jump right back

If dust could only gather
In the needle track
Then it would skip a beat
And all the sense I lack

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