I love this song by Gillian Welch. The lyrics are awesome. Put on your headphones, turn off the lights, and enjoy.
Believe it or not, this song was recorded on the first take. Here is what Gillian had to say about it in a Country Standard Time Interview about Time The Revelator, the album on which I Dream A Highway is the closing song.
“There’s a tremendous number of first takes on this album,” Welch says, pointing to “Elvis Presley Blues” and “I Dream a Highway” as examples. She refers to “I Dream a Highway,” a slow, twisting musical exploration that runs nearly 15 minutes, as “an extreme first take.
We were almost superstitious about it,” Welch says, because the composition was more “a whole moment in time” than a song. “We didn’t even talk about it until we recorded it,” she says, but adds, “I wouldn’t trade working on that (song) for anything.”
What was your favorite lyric? This is mine:
Which lover are you, Jack of Diamonds?
Now you be Emmylou and I’ll be Gram
I send a letter, don’t know who I am
I dream a highway back to you.
Can’t say that I know what it means but I sure enjoy wondering. Who could ask for more?