Number Twelve in our track by track listening and insiders insights series that will give everyone some of the background on the tracks from The Ghosts of Highway 20. We hope you will enjoy!
Track 13 - IF THERE’S A HEAVEN
This song and the Ghosts Of Highway 20 were the last two songs written for the album and just barely made it under the wire before the album had to be put to bed. Actually, Lu’s one last goal was to finish Ghosts once and for all and then out of nowhere this one just appeared as she was finishing that one. I shudder to think of what this record would be without those two songs. I think this song more than any other, was Lu’s way of coming to some kind terms with Miller’s passing.
Miller used to love to tell the story about the time he met Hank Williams in Lake Charles less than a month before Lucinda was born, so it’s very fitting that this song would arrive - as if it was a gift from Hank himself. The way the song just came out of the blue almost mystically answers the very question that Lucinda is asking in the song.
Miller loved Hank and Lucinda has always seen comforting irony in the fact that Miller passed on January 1, the same day that Hank passed. There is such a bittersweetness to this song but it is not without hope, albeit one lined with resignation. A simple hope of a daughter and her father.
In memory of Miller Williams, 1930-2015.
- Lucinda mgmt. (Tom)
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