Jason Isbell - Cumberland Gap Lyrics




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





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  1. Allagí

    The drums on the recording really roped me in that speed, that was never replicated. Really made the song.

  2. rmzzz76

    This crosses well into Springsteen territory for greatness. When you write songs from the perspective of the common people at a point in time you're documenting history. This is the stuff epic songs are made of... Listen to the lyrics! This is for every Blue colar worker in small town America who didn't get out before the great escape to the big cities.
    "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.... 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".

  3. Kelly Hudson

    I ain’t cut out for war, unless I know what I’m fighting for. American brave young folk are being sold on fighting Iran, so Trump can avoid answering for some of the crimes he committed. My wish for those young soldiers is they have the wisdom to realize sometimes refusing to fight requires more bravery than fighting.

  4. Nelson Pinkston

    This man is IT.....notice

  5. Andrew Kling

    He made look up what amphibole is, and now knowing that makes the song even better

  6. Jason Hacker

    Flatt and Scruggs did it a lot better

  7. Jn Schrick

    It doesn't get better than him at this time, his lyrics and guitar is just insane...….plus he has his wife as a killer violinist! What?! Such a killer combo

  8. Matthew Nickels

    So jason isbell said " Jesus would not have voted for Donald Trump" SO jason do you really think you speak for Jesus?

    Irvin Mulholland

    He does as much as any of us who see Trump for what he is...the Anti-Christ.

    earl lyons

    Jesus wouldn't put faith in any man.

    Andy Pilcher

    Read the New Testament - do YOU think Jesus would like Trump?

    Evil Avocado

    Honestly I couldn’t care less about Jesus. What I can say is no sane person would vote for Trump.

  9. Remrafcb

    This is great, and Jason is one of my favorite artists. And while his sad songs are fantastic, I do wish he’d write more rockers like this and Super 8.

  10. sjf 440

    Who is heading to the Mustang Lounge right about now?

  11. Brian O Connor

    I'm from Cumberland Gap TN and I can tell you this song tells the truth. This area is crap and it traps most everyone that is born here.

  12. paul elliott

    Saw him in Dublin
    Awesome and Jason knows how to put on a show
    Wonderful artist and this is a great song

  13. Colin Masterson

    Get it, Jason. Get it!

  14. Tamara LeFevre

    Incredible... Have tickets to seem him in Phoenix at Symphony Hall on August 28... I can hardly wait!

  15. Carey Cline

    This song leaves me speechless.....

  16. Ted Mac

    Will be at the Ryman in October.

  17. Michael Bodayle

    fyi - from looking at my photos from each night and matching "outfits," this looks to be from 10/13/17.

    byknfyr

    Michael Bodayle don’t call what you’re wearing an outfit!

  18. Steve

    Solid 11 out of 10. It's "one more"

  19. Tiffany Michaelia

    Hell yes!! What an awesome song!!!! Rocked out to it this morning on the way to work!!!

  20. Chris Emick

    It's hard for a video to capture the power this song has live.  Awesome song, awesome band!

    dream believer

    I can only imagine.

    Solid track. Great lyrics. Catchy. Can't ask for more.

  21. mk3whitewide

    Yeah buddy...

  22. athi f

    Yeeeeeeesss!! Lovee youu!

  23. RemoWilliams

    Saw him at the Ryman last year and have tickets again this year. Best venue in the South.

    Ricki Leee

    Hey Remo,
    I listened to Jason daily for about 6 months, yet I was blown away each of 2 times seeing Jason & band LIVE.

    Michael McNeese

    When will he be at the Ryman, again?

    luisalonsoecheverria

    In my opinion, the 2nd best concert venue in the world, 2nd only to the Royal Albert Hall!!