Waxahatchee is a solo project of American singer and guitarist Katie Crutchfield. She breaks down each of her tracks on 'Saint Cloud', released earlier this year. About "Ruby Falls", Crutchfield says:
This song goes to many different places, literally and emotionally.
It’s about another friend of mine who passed away from a drug overdose. I’ve written a lot of songs about him over the years, like “Brother Bryan,” from Cerulean Salt. I look at the song as three parts. The first part is the high, being up in the air and living dangerously, but being free and happy. The middle part is on the ground, and it’s this gritty, real-time friendship or love. That part of the song is inspired by Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids. The ending is beneath the surface, six feet underground. It’s the sad inevitability of that story.
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