Jason Isbell — If We Were Vampires
Album: The Nashville Sound
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 661








Released: 2017
Length: 3:27
Plays (last 30 days): 6
It's not the long flowing dress that you're in
Or the light coming off of your skin
The fragile heart you protected for so long
Or the mercy in your sense of right and wrong

It's not your hands, searching slow in the dark
Or your nails leaving love's watermark
It's not the way you talk me off the roof
Your questions like directions to the truth

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone

If we were vampires and death was a joke
We'd go out on the sidewalk and smoke
And laugh at all the lovers and their plans
I wouldn't feel the need to hold your hand

Maybe time running out is a gift
I'll work hard 'til the end of my shift
And give you every second I can find
And hope it isn't me who's left behind

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone or one day you'll be gone
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 DocStrangelove wrote:
they
are
NOT
tears
 
Mine neither! Just dust in my eyes. Dammit.
 skyguy wrote:
Great song buy waaay overplayed here.

 
Maybe the song,  but the message repeats forever.
 
Death and taxes.
Well up a bit every time. Much love.
Whatever..., I can't listen to this guy after his white guilt song, sorry.  Oops, no pun intended.  ;-)
 Kaisersosay wrote:
An amazing song for those who are lucky and brave enough to think long and hard about such things. Like all stories, they all have to have an ending. After knowing the person I share lives with for 34 years, married for 27, in this world, I have no issue with being first moving on to the next world.
It only means, I'll have an empty beach chair next to me for a bit, watching a distant sea, feeling it wash upon my feet, until she catches up, sits next to me, again, like she has done so many times before. In this life and the last.   
  
 
Nice sentiments. I’ve been married for 37 years, together for 40 and feel the same way. Love the song. Bill could have followed it with “I will follow you into the dark” by Death Cab for Cutie.

Maybe too much of a good thing 
Man, this guy can craft some poignant lyrics. And pleasant guitar work too.
amazing song. i don't think it's that sentimental. just matter of fact in the face of a crappy situation. jason is very underrated by some. the poetic lyrics fit the melody = great song. 
they
are
NOT
tears
This song is one for the longterm marriage people for sure. Clearly Mr. Bill loves it, as he always comments about it when he chooses it. I'm not all that crazy about it because it makes me think about giving marriage another try. And some people are meant to never be married. Better off just hooking up with some vampire dude when next in NOLA. 


An amazing song for those who are lucky and brave enough to think long and hard about such things. Like all stories, they all have to have an ending. After knowing the person I share lives with for 34 years, married for 27, in this world, I have no issue with being first moving on to the next world.
It only means, I'll have an empty beach chair next to me for a bit, watching a distant sea, feeling it wash upon my feet, until she catches up, sits next to me, again, like she has done so many times before. In this life and the last.   
  
Stupid allergies.
Amazing song 10/10.
My experience with this song seems to be the consensus here. My wife cried when we saw Jason and Amanda perform it in concert a few weeks ago. She and I have 35 years together as of now, and 40 years is way too short.
 Webfoot wrote:
Simple, but nice.

 
Agreed.  I like the Iron & Wine song (Naked as we Came) with a similar theme better even if the title is a bit misleading at first.  This one, while touching, does seem a bit too (not sure of the best word) 'part-of-the-machine' - still have it at a 7 rating where it will stay.  LONG LIVE RP!!  PEACE

@GranBlanco - yeah....so....same thing here; my wife LOVES this song now that I shared with her.  So MY 7 +1 for my wife's enjoyment, dangnabbit I gotta up my rating.  {#Liar}


I shared it with my wife this weekend, she cried.... very touching song.
 CyrusPaul wrote:
Watching Isbell and Shires do this live makes it even more heartbreaking.....husband and wife looking at each other harmonizing about one of them dying before the other.   "Hope it isn't me who's left behind...."

When his voice breaks a little on that line it crushes me like a bug underfoot.
 CyrusPaul wrote:

here is one (sorry for the annoying ad before the clip).
https://youtu.be/eAJs3VYQ8rs

 
I have something in my eye...


 Imkirok wrote:

Do you have a link?

 
here is one (sorry for the annoying ad before the clip).
https://youtu.be/eAJs3VYQ8rs


 CyrusPaul wrote:
Watching Isbell and Shires do this live makes it even more heartbreaking.....husband and wife looking at each other harmonizing about one of them dying before the other.   "Hope it isn't me who's left behind...."

 
Do you have a link?