Grace Jones – ‘Williams’ Blood’

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Let’s kick off the next 100 tracks of AMUSICADAY with one of my favourites.

‘Williams’ Blood’ is an autobiographical song about Grace Jones’s relationship to her family. The first verse details her mother settling down in a nowhere town, content in “singing in a little church”. The second verse reveals that her grandfather had a much more lively life on the road with Nat King Cole. Jones realises that her restlessness comes from her mother’s side (the Williams’ blood) and that she can’t “keep up with the Joneses”. Also, through in some elements of ‘Amazing Grace’.

The lyrics are the star of the show and sound wonderful with Jones’s dynamic vocals. The musical production is also excellent with sweeping strings, thunderous guitar and a gospel choir. This is a contender for the best thing Jones has ever recorded.

 

Track: Williams’ Blood
Artist: Grace Jones
Year: 2008
From: Hurricane [Wall of Sound]

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