Song of the Day #3,756: ‘Maybe It’s Time’ – Bradley Cooper

In all of my blathering about A Star is Born in yesterday’s post, I neglected to mention my favorite song from the film’s soundtrack.

‘Maybe It’s Time’ was written by Jason Isbell, a singer-songwriter I discovered earlier this year who has quickly become a favorite of mine. Do yourself a favor and listen to his albums Here We Rest, Southeastern and The Nashville Sound. If you like today’s SOTD at all, you’ll find a lot more just as good and even better on those records.

Bradley Cooper does a wonderful job performing this track, not just nailing the vocals but sounding like he’s really lived the lyrics. I hope he gets to perform it at the Oscars, mostly because that would make Jason Isbell a nominee.

I remember watching a fresh-faced Bradley Cooper in his first role, on the TV show Alias back in 2001. Now he’s a three-time Academy Award nominee who has written, directed, starred in and sung in a critically-acclaimed hit. Good for him. And in a nice touch, he cast two of his former Alias co-stars (Greg Grunberg and Ron Rifkin) in small parts.

A little Oscar trivia: Odds are decent that Cooper will receive four Oscar nominations for A Star is Born: Actor, Director, Producer and Writer. In the outside chance that the song ‘Black Eye’ gets a nod in place of (or in addition to) yesterday’s or today’s SOTD, that would make five. In 1954, Walt Disney was nominated six times and won four, though most of those were for Short Features.

[Chorus 1]
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man
Hell, it takes a lot to try
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

[Verse 1]
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard and the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead

[Verse 2]
I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good
But if I could take spirits from my past and bring ’em here
You know I would
Know I would

[Verse 3]
Nobody speaks to God these days
Nobody speaks to God these days
I’d like to think he’s lookin’ down and laughin’ at our ways
Nobody speaks to God these days

[Verse 4]
When I was a child, they tried to fool me
Said the worldly man was lost and that a Hell was real
Well I’ve seen Hell in Reno
And this world’s one big old Catherine wheel
Spinnin’ steel

[Chorus 2]
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,756: ‘Maybe It’s Time’ – Bradley Cooper

  1. Maddie says:

    I do love this song and he performs it very well in the movie. My fave of the soundtrack actually belongs to Ally’s “Always Remember Us This Way,” but this one definitely makes the top 3. It helps that it’s performed in my favorite half of the film :p

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I agree that this is a lovely song, performed quite well by Cooper. My bet is that both yesterday’s and today’s SOTD will be nominated, and both Cooper and Gaga will be performing at this year’s Oscars. Looking forward to that.

  3. Amy says:

    Daniel introduced me to Jason Isbell a couple of months ago, and I really like what I’ve heard thus far. One of the things I wanted to see was Ally perform this song during the tribute at the end of the film, just as Streisand’s Esther Hoffman Howard perform’s her husband’s biggest hit, after singing the song he wrote for her, at the end of the 70’s version. I anticipate this film will receive a bunch of song nominations and perhaps a few others. It will be a sad year at the movies if Copper receives a best writing or directing nom for it.

    • Clay says:

      In that case, you’re definitely going to be sad! The movie has an 89% Rotten Tomato score, it’s crushing it at the box office, it’s about show business, it has entered the cultural conversation, it stars an Oscar favorite, it’s directed by an actor… this thing is Oscar’s wet dream. It’s a country-rock Titanic!

      I don’t think the movie deserves nominations for Picture, Director or Writing either but I’m way past being disappointed in the Academy. I’ve made peace with the fact that my favorites almost never hit that stage. The Oscars are for a certain kind of movie, and this is that kind of movie.

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