Even the most romantic city in the world can feel lonesome and uninviting, as you can see in the Civil Wars’ latest video, “Dust to Dust.” Set in Paris on a drab winter day, the embattled bandmates go about their separate yet hopelessly-intertwined lives, all the while pining for something more.
“This song is an anthem for the lonely,” says Joy Williams, who wrote the song with the Civil Wars’ John Paul White. “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.’
“When John Paul and I wrote this late one night in Birmingham, England, we decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives.”
The video’s footage was filmed in Paris by Becky Fluke in March 2011 and at The Art House studio by 1504 Pictures in September 2012. Sung in a near-whisper and backed by a tiptoeing combination of guitar and drums, the two characters in the song seem almost afraid to let their guard down. Since the duo announced their abrupt hiatus in the middle of their European tour last November, that tension probably didn’t require a lot of acting.
“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,’ says Williams. “For me, it’s like stepping back in time.”
Take a look at the Civil Wars’ brand new video, “Dust to Dust.”