Jason Isbell Brand New Kind Of Actress

You said you heard of me, so why are you so afraid?

some minor changes made, you missed the big parade

another filthy day, another Hollywood sign

you missed the caution line, and you just walked right in.

YOU WALKED RIGHT IN

there’s somebody here, somebody you once knew

you took a liking to, your conversation cues

the way you cut your hair, the time you did it yourself

you’re like a hired help, the way you fit right in

THE WAY YOU FIT RIGHT IN

‘CAUSE YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE THE SAME OLD STUBBORN WAITRESS, BABY

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

you swim the the other way, you put your seat upstream

so many hopes and dreams, so many in betweens

your new reality, just make yourself at home

he’s always watchin’ me, he’ never been alone

SO YOU JUST WALKED RIGHT IN

‘CAUSE YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE THE SAME OLD STUBBORN WAITRESS, BABY

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

you met that greasy guy, I don’t care what you did

in 1965, before the wife and kid

I’ll leave my jacket on, so sorry I can’t stay

just put the piece away.

just put the piece away, let me call a cab

we’ll go our separate ways, we’ll go our separate ways

just put the piece away, I don’t care what you did

back in younger days, just put the piece away

PUT IT AWAY

‘CAUSE YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

YOU’RE THE SAME OLD STUBBORN WAITRESS, BABY

YOU’RE A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

‘CAUSE I’M A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

I’M A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

I’M THE SAME OLD STUBBORN WAITRESS, BABY

I’M A BRAND NEW KIND OF ACTRESS

Jason Isbell Cover Me Up

A heart on the run keeps a hand on the gun you can’t trust anyone

I was so sure what I needed was more tried to shoot out the sun

Days when we raged, we flew off the page such damage was done

But I made it through, cause somebody knew I was meant for someone

So girl, leave your boots by the bed we ain’t leaving this room

Till someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom

It’s cold in this house and I ain’t going out to chop wood

So cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

Put your faith to the test when I tore off your dress in Richmond on high

But I sobered up and I swore off that stuff forever, this time

And the old lovers sing “I thought it’d be me who helped him get home”

But home was a dream, one I’d never seen till you came along

So girl, hang your dress up to dry we ain’t leaving this room

Till Percy Priest breaks open wide and the river runs through

And carries this house on the stones like a piece of driftwood

Cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

So girl, leave your boots by the bed we ain’t leaving this room

Till someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom

It’s cold in this house and I ain’t going out to chop wood

So cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

Cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

Jason Isbell Chaos And Clothes

The ground was wet and the sky was dark

You took her bet, she took your heart

Wrapped it ’round an oak tree

Like you did that ’67 GTO

Oh no

Lovers leave chaos and clothes

In quiet corners where you rarely ever go

One day you find proof she was real

Despite your struggle to forget

Oh yes

You’re in a fight to the death my friend

Black metal t-shirts your shield

You’ve got your past on your breath my friend

Now name all the monsters you’ve killed

Let’s name all the monsters you’ve killed

The man she chose to take your place

Turns his collar up to better frame his face

How you’d love to hate her

But you just can’t hate somebody you don’t know

Oh no

Did she leave a trail of crumbs

So you could find you’re what you could become

Or did she know you well enough

To realize that garden just won’t grow?

Oh no

You’re in a fight to the death my friend

Airways a grand battlefield

You’ve got your past on your breath my friend

Now name all the monsters you’ve killed

Let’s name all the monsters you’ve killed

In my sleep I build machines

But nobody ever wants to hear about my dreams

Last night I saw a burning Ferris Wheel

The meaning’s anybody’s guess

Oh yes

Lovers leave chaos and clothes

More debris that you can sort through in one go

You say love is hell

But it’s the ghost of love that’s made you such a mess

Oh yes

You’re in a fight to the death my friend

Fight like you’re chained to the wheel

You’ve got your past on your breath my friend

Now name all the monsters you’ve killed

Let’s name all the monsters you’ve killed

Jason Isbell Cumberland Gap

There’s an answer here, if I look hard enough

There’s a reason why I always reach for the harder stuff

It wasn’t my daddy’s way

He was down in the mines all day

I know he wanted more than mouths to feed and bills to pay

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

I ain’t cut out for war, unless I know what I’m fighting for

And there’s nothing here but churches, bars, and grocery stores

Ain’t much money in the old-time mandolin

So I cash my check and I drink ’til I’m on my ass again

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Remember when we could see the mountain’s peak?

The sparkle off the amphibole?

Like a giant golden eagle’s beak

Now they say no one wants the coal

I thought about moving away

But what would my mama say?

I’m all that she has left and I’m with her every day

As soon as the sun goes down

I find my way to the Mustang Lounge

And if you don’t sit facing the window

You could be in any town

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole

Jason Isbell Anxiety

Anxiety

How do you always get the best of me?

I’m out here living in a fantasy

I can’t enjoy a goddamn thing

Anxiety

Why am I never where I am supposed to be?

Even with my lover sleeping close to me

I’m wide awake and I’m in pain

Watching the sunrise slash through the blinds

Dust in the room hovers over mine

Lying here in silence

Wife and child still sleeping deep enough to dream

And oh, I’m a lucky man today

But so afraid that time will take it all from me

Anxiety

How do you always get the best of me?

I’m out here living in a fantasy

I can’t enjoy a goddamn thing

Anxiety

Why am I never where I am supposed to be?

Even with my lover sleeping close to me

I’m wide awake and I’m in pain

It’s the weight of the world

But it’s nothing at all

Light as a prayer, and then I feel myself fall

You got to give me a minute

Because I’m way down in it

And I can’t breathe so I can’t speak

I want to be strong and steady, always ready

Now, I feel so small, I feel so weak

Anxiety

How do you always get the best of me?

I’m out here living in a fantasy

I can’t enjoy a goddamn thing

Anxiety

Why am I never where I am supposed to be?

Even with my lover sleeping close to me

I’m wide awake and I’m in a pain

A crowded room is a burning battlefield

If I don’t move, I’ll come undone

My heart beats harder, a hammer striking steel

Will I walk now or be a “Wait and Run”?

Anxiety

How do you always get the best of me?

I’m out here living in a fantasy

I can’t enjoy a goddamn thing

Anxiety

Why am I never where I am supposed to be?

Even with my lover sleeping close to me

I’m wide awake and I’m in pain

I’m wide awake and I’m in pain

I’m wide awake and I’m in pain

Jason Isbell Alabama Pines

I moved into this room, if you could call it that, a week ago.

I never do what I’m supposed to do.

I hardly even know my name anymore.

When no one calls it out, it kinda vanishes away.

I can’t get to sleep at night. The parking lot’s so loud and bright.

The A.C. hasn’t worked in twenty years.

Probably never made a single person cold,

but I can’t say the same for me. I’ve done it many times.

Somebody take me home through those Alabama pines.

You can’t drive through Talladega on a weekend in October.

Head up north to Jacksonville. Cut around and over.

Watch your speed in Boiling Springs.

They ain’t got a thing to do. They’ll get you every time.

Somebody take me home through those Alabama pines.

Somebody take me home through those Alabama pines.

If we pass through on a Sunday, better make a stop at Wayne’s.

It’s the only open liquor store north, and I can’t stand the pain

of being by myself without a little help

on a Sunday afternoon.

I needed that damn woman like a dream needs gasoline.

I tried to be some ancient kind of man,

one that’s never seen the beauty in the world,

but I tried to chase it down… tried to make the whole thing mine.

Somebody take me home through those Alabama pines.

Somebody take me home through those Alabama pines.

I’ve been stuck here in this town, if you could call it that, a year or two.

I never do what I’m supposed to do.

I don’t even need a name anymore.

When no one calls it out, it kinda vanishes away.

No one gives a damn about the things I give a damn about.

The liberties that we can’t do without seem to disappear

like ghosts in the air.

When we don’t even care, it truly vanishes away.

Jason Isbell Children Of Children

Pictures of the farm before us

Old men in a gospel chorus

Sepia and saddle horses

Easy on the reins

Eighty-one, a motor inn, your momma’s 17 again

She’s squinting at the dusty wind

The anger of the plains

You and I were almost nothing

Pray to God the Gods were bluffing

Seventeen ain’t old enough to reason with the pain

How could we expect the two to stay in love

When neither knew the meaning of

The difference between sacred and profane?

I was riding on my mother’s hip

She was shorter than the corn

All the years I took from her

Just by being born

I didn’t mean to break the cycle

At 17, I went by Michael

No one ever called me by my own name anyway

Five full generations living

All these expectations giving way to one

Late to have a baby on the way

You were riding on your mother’s hip

She was shorter than the corn

All the years you took from her

Just by being born

Jason Isbell Chicago Promenade

My door is locked, my debts are paid.

I’ll do the Chicago promenade.

My back was turned I did not see

that shadow climbing up on me.

I took my turn at fixing hearts

but that goes bad before it starts.

I’m desperate now, I must say.

I’ll do the Chicago promenade.

If I die now before I’m old

my story will be less than told.

There’s so much more to suffer through

before I meet again with you.

I’ve tried so hard and I’ve been so blind.

I thought we could all grieve one at a time.

I lost a friend. It felt like five,

a man who wouldn’t compromise.

I’ll think of him on New Year’s Day

and do the Chicago promenade.

Jason Isbell 24 Frames

This is how you make yourself vanish into nothing

And this is how you make yourself worthy of the love that she

Gave to you back when you didn’t own a beautiful thing

This is how you make yourself call your mother

And this is how you make yourself closer to your brother

And remember him back when he was small enough to help you sing

You thought God was an architect, now you know

He’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blow

And everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flames

In 24 frames

This is how you see yourself floating on the ceiling

And this is how you help her when her heart stops beating

What happened to the part of you that noticed every changing wind

This is how you talk to her when no one else is listening

And this is how you help her when the muse goes missing

You vanish so she can go drowning in a dream again

You thought God was an architect, now you know

He’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blow

And everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flames

In 24 frames

You thought God was an architect, now you know

He’s sitting in a black car ready to go

You made some new friends after the show

But you’ll forget their names

In 24 frames

In 24 frames

Jason Isbell Codeine

If there’s one thing I can’t stand

It’s this bar and this cover band

Trying to fake their way through ‘Castles Made of Sand’.

That’s one thing I can’t stand.

If there’s one thing I can’t take

It’s the sound that a woman makes

About five seconds after her heart begins to break.

That’s one thing I can’t take.

She should be home by now but she ain’t.

I should’ve gone by now but I cain’t.

One of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.

One of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.

Them eyes was big as stars

When I saw you behind the bar.

I guess that’s the way to keep on smilin’ where you are.

But girl them eyes was big as stars.

It sounds funny when you say my name.

It’s like you’re chewing on a foreign thing

And you won’t get to sleep ’till dawn if it don’t rain.

It sounds so funny when you say my name.

You oughta come home tonight but you won’t.

I wish we knew how to fight but we don’t.

One of your friends has taken you in and given you codeine.

One of your friends has taken you in and given you codeine.

Darlin’ I’m not one to judge

But if I was then I’d say you don’t look so good.

Got no answers of my own

But with you gone, this place looks bigger than it should.

If there’s two things that I hate

It’s having to cook and trying to date.

Busting ass all day to play ‘hurry up and wait.

That’s a few things that I hate.

If I call when I ain’t drunk

This old boat’ll still be sunk

‘Cause one of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.

One of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.

One of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.

One of my friends has taken her in and given her codeine.