Song of the Day #3,675: ‘Hope the High Road’ – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Here’s one more track from Jason Isbell’s The Nashville Sound to soundtrack my family trip to Nashville.

Isbell is the rare left-leaning country artist (though refreshingly less rare than even a decade ago). This song, like several tracks on The Nashville Sound, is a reaction to the 2016 election and what it says about the state of America.

His reference to the “high road” reminds me of Michelle Obama’s statement that “when they go low, we go high.” I know that didn’t work out to well for Democrats, but it’s still the right idea.

In the bridge, Isbell sings “there can’t be more of them than us,” and 2016’s popular vote suggests he’s right. Let’s just hope there will be more of us than them in the states that matter electorally come 2020.

[Verse 1]
I used to think that this was my town
What a stupid thing to think
I hear you’re fighting off a breakdown
I myself am on the brink
I used to want to be a real man
I don’t know what that even means
Now I just want you in my arms again
And we can search each other’s dreams

[Chorus]
I know you’re tired
And you ain’t sleeping well
Uninspired
And likely mad as hell
But wherever you are
I hope the high road leads you home again

[Verse 2]
I’ve heard enough of the white man’s blues
I’ve sang enough about myself
So if you’re looking for some bad news
You can find it somewhere else
Last year was a son of a bitch
For nearly everyone we know
But I ain’t fighting with you down in a ditch
I’ll meet you up here on the road

[Chorus]
I know you’re tired
And you ain’t sleeping well
Uninspired
And likely mad as hell
But wherever you are
I hope the high road leads you home again
To a world you want to live in

[Bridge]
We’ll ride the ship down
Dumping buckets overboard
There can’t be more of them than us
There can’t be more

[Chorus]
I know you’re tired
And you ain’t sleeping well
Uninspired
And likely mad as hell
But wherever you are
I hope the high road leads you home again
To a world you want to live in
To a world you want to live in

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,675: ‘Hope the High Road’ – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Amen! Let’s hope that is true this November as well!

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Let’s hope is right! I’m so exhausted 😩

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