Everyone talks about the voice and sound, but how about the lyrics?
Sturgill Simpson expressed a little bit of discontent at people overlooking the stories he writes for his songs in an interview with Rick Rubin earlier this year, so let’s look at one of my favorites of his, “Water In A Well.”
From his first album, High Top Mountain, in 2013, it’s a beautifully told story about lost love, using great metaphors and analogies to drive home the issues that caused the break up as well as the pain that resulted.
“They say that looks can be deceiving
and there’s been rumors going round
One look at me’s the same thing as believing
everything you’ve heard without hearing a sound
So if my eyes remind you of water in a well It’s because your heart is the stone I know sometimes it can seem like my mind belongs to a child that’s grown
But somewhere between you and me I’ve lost my way and I’ve been trying to get home Trying like hell but it’s too soon to tell If our love has all dried up like water in a well.”