Jason Isbell - If We Were Vampires Lyrics




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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Jason Isbell If We Were Vampires Comments
  1. gn02928574

    R.I.P. Kobe Bryant.

  2. Ralph Kluge

    Beautiful song. From ear to my heart ...

  3. Joe Buddha

    The most beautiful of songs. Except. I wish my woman would proceed me. I've been there, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I can handle it. She deserves better.

  4. _____

    The theme of this song is part of why I dont do the whole love another person thing.

  5. Tori Cathcart

    this song give me goosebumps every time. love it

  6. General Kenobi

    Best love song ever written

  7. runningonq

    "Or the mercy in your sense of right and wrong" Brilliant, just absolutely f'ing brilliant.

  8. Timothy Brengle

    greatest love song ever written

  9. Piggy Hog

    I only listened to this because my crush said he liked this song

  10. Old Bones Jones

    I’ve never had the pleasure of being able to share these words with one individual. Instead, this is how I feel for my closest friends. Friends who were more family to me than I’ve really ever had. The thought of losing them tears me up inside, and I think I can get a grasp of what this feels like.

  11. rora1503 rdo

    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
    One day you'll be gone

  12. Chad Riggs

    One of the greatest songs I have ever heard

  13. Fan Artz

    This song makes me happy.... BC I just broke up with my GF. 😭 I loved her so much.

  14. Jemmy Davida

    I heard this song for the first time at camp like 2 months ago. And I just felt it I loved the lyrics and the sound and I've been trying to find it thank God I found it.

  15. Jude Carney

    I've had this massive crush on this beautiful, and hilarious girl for a little over a year, and recently she told me that she had liked me too, and everything was perfect when we got together 4 days ago. Today she told me that she preferred when we were friends, and we could mess around with no pressure and it wasn't awkward. I agreed, but that still broke my heart. My dad showed me this song, and I found it and it just made me feel so broken and destroyed, but it's okay because of this song and others. If you've read this, thanks for listening to my rant.

  16. Gaming Snake

    My Roblox gf got shot in Phantom Forces

    ;_;

  17. Harold Jones

    I had a love like this and I messed it up I'll never forgive myself for it

  18. Hailah Champion

    I love this song so much 🥰 my parents love it too!😊

  19. Lauren -

    Finding someone, who can hear isbells name and say, "Hey, I know him! I love his music!" Is a great feeling.. since he isn't a huge artist like .. Ariana G, not everyone can hear his name and smile. Finding the person who will smile at his name is incredible! because you can instatnly relate.. just my thought's.

  20. Ryan James

    One of the best songwriters of all time

  21. crazylittlepartytifs

    Just got introduced to this brilliant man by Yellowstone! What a beautiful song 💖

  22. Jon Witkop

    I am a long time Tom Petty fan with the honor of seeing him numerous times in concert. I used to tell everyone that the reason I would see every tour of his was because you never knew when it would be the last one. Then Oct. 1, 2017 happened. I remember crying when the news broke. I had always asked who would fill that void when that day happened but never really had an answer. I was a fan of Isbell before that day, but since then he has been the one to fill that void. I realize now how lucky we are to see someone as talented as Jason Isbell and watching as others discover his music. I can't wait to see him in concert once again in the next month and hope to see many more tours in the future.

  23. Georgia Boy

    Real truth! We've got 53 years together. Not looking forward to the end! Sad song!

  24. Rae K

    Phil King is my vampire lover

  25. Firewoman AmazonGoddess

    Break my heart why dont you. Just RIP it out and stomp on it. It's yours anyway. It always will be. No matter how much you hurt me. No matter how much time passes. Just RIP it out and do what you wish. 🐼🐻

  26. Mark Cameron

    Sigh, ok guitar...one more time, you and me, we're learning this song

  27. Crystal S

    I just cried instantly, never knew such a song can hit me in diff a type of spot perfectly.

  28. Aris Night

    This song reminds me how hard it is to lose someone, a friend, a lover, a family member. When someone is important to you, it's even harder to lose them.

  29. snydesy

    Hardest hitting song in a long time...Pure Gold writing...

  30. Tiziana Rojas

    Earth to Anza brought me to discover this song and I don't regret. Such a bittersweet beautiful song. Love the lyrics.

  31. kat kat

    Brings me to tears every time, god damn

  32. Breanna Waterhouse

    Who else is here from Earth to Anza?

  33. Uma Architect

    this song is good

  34. Becky Sue

    I think the depth of this song only truly hits home for people that are the in soulmate kind of love. I’m so lucky to be one of those. Such a deep song...

  35. Chip Chip

    yeah, wish i had someone to love (or someone love me) this much

  36. Slate Greene

    The best song writer of this generation what a voice also

  37. Joe Buddha

    One day, she was gone. And I wouldn't have it any other way. My one quibble with this song is the hope that he'd go first. I wouldn't put her through that. Awesome song...

  38. Cade J

    This song makes me think of my sister who passed before I ever got to meat her

  39. Aryan Pachpute

    You guys are legendary

  40. Daphne

    This is shattering.

  41. Rizzo

    Well that's just heartbreaking.

  42. Bedtime Thoughts

    Here from Rhett and Link

  43. Geoff Isabelle

    I lost my dad to a brain tumor 11 years ago. He and my mother were married for 40 years and they cherished one another every day. Now my mother is the one who has to spend her days alone. Eleven years is a long time. Yet, I can't listen to this song without feeling that gut punch, and having the tears well up. Yet its somehow a cathartic gut punch because I keep listening, over and over. Love your partners, friends, spouses, family... its important.

  44. Alex Tompsett

    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
    One day you'll be gone

  45. WilliamSLeibSr

    Will be married forty years come January........to someone I love so much.......a lifetime gift from a good and great God.....a God I see everyday in her.....my beloved Teresa.

    TheWinterAgenda DraganClover

    You're a lucky man.

  46. G. Angels

    Rhett from Rhett and Link brought me here

  47. Ron Marshall

    If we were Vampires tragic and cerebral at the same time . We need more Jason Isbell .

  48. H I

    Okay so, if there are any mistakes in grammar or something, I am sorry but I am emotional and not a native speaker.

    A few days ago, my dad came to me and told me, my grandpa is going to die soon. He is very old and every part of his body hurts and so does his soul,after his sister died. He can't even take on his socks by his own and my father often needs to feed him. In Second world war, he was still a child but got injuried on his hips. So now,he can't go without having pain. His health is bad for years now, but two months ago, he still was kind of happy, at least it seemed like he was. But my dad told me, that the last time, he was with my grandpa, he said to my father, he wants to have wings, so he can visit his sister in heaven. It makes us sad, because we love him,but also, we have to accept, that his time will be over soon. He don't have the motivation to live anymore and so his heart will stop one day. And thats okay, kind of. It's sad, but at any time, every human will die. His pain will end and a endless time with people who they loved and who were gone before, will start. My grandfather always used to say: Death isn't a bad thing, unless you are afraid of it. And that's true. Enjoy the time, you are having with your loved one, but let them go in peace,when their time in heaven starts.
    I love you, grandpa
    Ich liebe dich,Opa

  49. Mimi Gray

    Brilliant! Perfect song...💞 Thank you Spotify recommendations

  50. seshan smith

    It’s like someone making love to my ears

  51. NO NWO

    Birdwatcher's Digest brought me here.

  52. Artiverse

    I LOVE YOUR SONGS!!!!me and my dad listen to them

  53. charles byrd

    This is the story of my life😎

  54. Nluther21

    First time I heard this song was on my way to work the morning I found out I was gonna be a father, it brought me to tears, I will never forget it.

  55. Hallie Peterson

    OHMIGOODENESS! I LOOOVE THIS SONG

  56. Hallie Peterson

    This song is so beautiful it inspires me..... i absolutely cannot wait for my love, i kinda fell in love with someone but hes in bootcamp and then he will be in the army... i miss you, chrisaroo <3

  57. treehouse722

    As good a lyric as I've ever heard in a song.

  58. Mr iron head

    I love this song 💗

  59. Max Farr

    I think this song is about to people who love each other but because of differences they can't stay together

    OC DRONE PRODUCTIONS

    I think this song is about embracing death

  60. J Lansdale

    What a great time to be alive

  61. Tyler McDougall

    why do I get an ad for Sam Hunt before I listen to the likes of Jason Isbell

  62. Michael

    This song is phenomenal

  63. Robert McNabb

    I had 42 years with my soulmate and she crossed over in January. It is the hardest road I’ll ever travel till I'm
    back with my love Tracey.

    Kyle Halvorsen

    I hope you can find solace in the love you shared and the memories. Sometimes that's all we're allowed. I lost my brother at 42, and every day is a struggle. My heart bleeds for you.

    crazylittlepartytifs

    I'm so sorry for your loss 💖

    Mick Warfield

    Every time I read this, Robert, I think about you and your Tracy... And I think about me and my Tara, and how one of us will eventually be like you. And I'm really sorry!

    Joe Montgomery

    Stay strong

  64. Laiba Ahmad

    Lyrics:

    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
    One day you'll be gone

  65. postcardsfromj

    So, so, so beautiful. And the fact that Amanda Shires sings along makes it just lovely.

  66. JustMagen

    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
    One day you'll be gone

  67. Ester Brohus Official

    Really good. See U tonight in Odense.

  68. Sharon Barratt

    This song is a masterpiece. It is a subtle reminder that we should make the best of everyday and be grateful no matter what! Eucharisteo!

  69. Mila Suma

    am in love 😢😢😢😢😢

  70. Eric Reed

    Love it

  71. NavanHuq

    Profound.

  72. Jonathan Diaz

    This fuckin song😭😭😭

  73. Rene Reeves

    I can't listen to this song without crying.

  74. Emme Phamringholz

    I am doing this song on the piano 😀

  75. Kelly O. Ivey

    Wow! Unbelievable lyrics. Beautifully written. Definitely makes you think.......

  76. cherri3seedz

    We're never really gone! ♾ This is Eternal

  77. Kelly Nikole

    This is adorable <3

  78. Kimberly Spina

    One of the most beautiful songs I've heard in years.... the lyrics....

  79. jeff young

    AWESOME song!

  80. Nicky Nelson

    Whats the symbol at the end?

  81. John Swanberg

    True Love.

  82. Cam’s Auto Detailing

    This song makes me sad because it’s kinda true in 40 years ya might be gone and so might I.

  83. David Stisher

    A truly beautiful song.

  84. Aesthetix 101

    My dad loved this song and I did too... He passed yesterday...

    Darkn Twisted

    I'm so, so sorry. It breaks my heart to hear that. I wish you the best picking up the pieces and putting them back together. You got this!

    Aesthetix 101

    Darkn Twisted I just saw your reply 6 months later. I’m starting to hang in there (: thank you for the support

  85. Olivier Le Blanc

    Thank you so much! Beautiful in so many ways. Thanks again

  86. jtghm

    working off of others music lead you to feeling like something mythic.

  87. Lindsey Evans

    This song touches my soul...cherish every second of life

  88. Kelly D

    This is going to be one of those songs that I love but can’t listen to. Married 25 years. He’s retired (police) due to serious health problems. So yeah. I’ll be saving this one for the days I need to cry.

    Topher Morvan

    Or, as my mum did when she introduced me to this song - this can be the "I can't put it in words, but this is how I feel" song you share with him.

  89. Tyrone Murray

    I lost both to my parents to cancer with in 3 years of each other . They spent 40 years + together but when my mom died my father gave up . I hear so much of what he told me in those 3 years about how he felt about my mom in this song . I listen to it 3 times and have yet to get thru it with out tears . This is the mark of a true craftsman at his art when they can punch you in the heart with words . Thank you Mr Isbell for the tears !

    Futures

    11 months on I hope there is a healing with a holding on and a letting go

    Fan Artz

    I’m so sorry 😔 I just lost my girlfriend and it has been a rough time since.

    _____

    Its beautiful. Only word that makes sense to describe it to me. Sad but beautiful.

  90. Brian Nguyen

    Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of music genre is this? I just love this

    Danielle Munro

    It's just beautiful...no genre required.  Some things can not be classified.  Isbell is typically country.

    J Ell

    The Album won for Best Americana

    Ryan Moody Wanjelani

    country. it's country.

    James Jones

    Yes, it's really good country. It's not the pop country that spews out of Nashville.

  91. chujciwdupiechodzi

    this song + up

  92. Diego Gonzalez

    Sorry for writing this novel but in the least expected places i guess its warranted to spill our feelings. My name is Diego. My high school sweet heart and me have been together 8 years. We were getting into the age where we were starting to talk about marriage. We both had good jobs and everything seemed good. January 6th of 2017 I was struck with an illness that has no cure. Out of the blue. Like if something put a spell on me and changed my life 360 degrees. Suddenly when my skies were blue and everything seemed promising my skies darkened. I was thrown in a pool of confusion in not knowing what could've brought on this sickness. Didn't help that the doctors did not believe me and delayed my treatment to the point of it becoming permanent. A little over year later, i've had to walk an amazingly hard road. Every day is a blessing because it can be my last. But right by me has been an amazing woman that has never left my side. I have lost it all but she has stayed because i guess she said what keeps her here is something that no money or health problem can take away from me. The love i have for her. I don't know where id be if she wasn't here but i know that today the reason why i'm writing these words on a youtube video comment section is because of her. She's been keeping me afloat. People would tell me that i was the strongest son of a gun they knew......the have no idea what kinda of bravery and strength lies in this 5'4 little woman that has been by my side through the darkest valley ive gone through. This song has had some type of power that said that i needed to write this here. Share it with other souls that are called to the beautiful art this gentleman has made. I hope that like the song sais. You can really share this time, thats a flash, with someone you love. Because it makes this game we call life worth it. If you took the time to read this thank you. Do me a favor and keep me and my girl in your thoughts or prayers. Id gladly appreciate it.

    krystal harrison

    Thank you for sharing. Sending all of the love while you go through this.

    kysuperslick

    Thoughts are with you, as shallow as that may sound. Your post evoked a powerful emotional response.

    Jenifer Loggins

    Beautifully written; I hope that a year out from your trials life has gotten better for you

    KPS

    Am praying for you. Don't know if you'll see this but I would love an update of how you are doing.

    Grier Harris

    Sending you guys love. Enjoy the time you have, whether it's 30 days or 50 years. I send good wishes and love to you both.

  93. Bobby McGraw

    Maybe time running out is a gift....

    One of the greatest lines ever written.

    sensei1sp

    Bobby McGraw It's so deep people can't see that far. And that's OK.

    regularbanjo

    Yes yes yes!!!

  94. Sabrina Denmon

    I am glad this album won something at the Grammys.

  95. IamBicPentameter

    Congratulations on the Grammy Award, well deserved.

  96. freeme10

    This song has caused me to revaluate my actions in my marriage and those things that I allow to divide us. Life is too short, and love is too important. I want my wife to have a long and full life, but I do hope that she leaves me behind. I don't want her to have to navigate this place alone.