Ryan Adams has put out a lot of music since he left Whiskeytown to become a solo artist in 2000. Just this week he released a song-by-song cover of Taylor Swift’s album, “1989”. Whiskeytown only released three albums of their own in the five years they were together. The song “16 Days” is one of my all time favorites. It’s from the band’s second album, Stranger’s Almanac.
Right from the start this is a song overflowing with powerful imagery. Whether it’s “a bottle and a rosary” or a ghost that’s got the him running, Adams gives us a little peek into the sleepless misery that accompanies regret. What it all adds up to, though, is up to each listener to decide.
This could simply be a song about an unfaithful guy who is missing the girl he stepped out on. Then again, it could be about a death row inmate who has a little over two weeks to live. Or, instead of counting down, maybe it’s about somebody in rehab counting the days since their last drink or drug. Whatever the true meaning is, “16 Days” gives us all something we can relate to in one way or another. What more do you want from a great short story?
Read the lyrics to “16 Days” HERE.
Previous installments in this series:
- Nick Cave— “The Mercy Seat”
- Frank Turner— “Photosynthesis”
- Brian Wilson— “Love & Mercy”
- Taylor Swift— “Mean”
- Big Star— “September Gurls”
- Violent Femmes— “Country Death Song”
- Husker Du— “Books About UFOs”
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been published by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.