Jason Isbell - Relatively Easy Lyrics




Are you having a long day
Everyone you meet rubs you the wrong way
Dirty city streets smell like an ashtray
Morning bells are ringing in your ears

Is your brother on a church kick
Seems like just a different kind of dopesick
Better off to teach a dog a card trick
Than try to have a point and make it clear

You should know, compared to people on a global scale
Our kind has had it relatively easy
And here with you there's always something to look forward to
My angry heart beats relatively easy

I lost a good friend
At Christmastime when folks go off the deep end
His woman took the kids and he took Klonopin
Enough to kill a man of twice his size

Not for me to understand
Remember him when he was still a proud man
A vandal's smile, a baseball in his right hand
Nothing but the blue sky in his eyes

Still, compared to those a stones-throw away from you
Our lives have both been relatively easy
Take a year and make a break there ain't that much at stake
The answers could be relatively easy

Watch that lucky man walk to work again
He may not have a friend left in the world
See him walking home again to sleep alone
I step into a shop to buy a postcard for a girl

I broke the law, boys,
Shooting out the windows of my loft, boys
When they picked me up, I made a big noise
Everything to blame except my mind

I should say, I keep your picture with me every day
The evenings now are relatively easy
Here with you there's always something to look forward to
My lonely heart beats relatively easy
My lonely heart beats relatively easy





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  1. Pot Lynn

    KRasser Schitt

  2. Rick Roybal

    I've known no obsession with any artist as Jason Isbell since Stevie Ray Vaughan. I just can't get enough of this guy.

    Júnior Nunes

    don't even tell me, this obsession is just getting worse haha

    Devin Sparks

    We’d get along lol

  3. An Old Man Named dave

    Great song. Love the beautiful Amanda, and her beautiful violin! 😊❤️✌️

  4. Amil Bedi

    Enough Klonopin to kill a man twice his size. That hit me hard. Benzos are terrible.

  5. georom

    24 people do not have it easy when it comes to judging music

  6. grassflats2

    Are you having a long day
    Everyone you meet rubs you the wrong way
    Dirty city streets smell like an ashtray
    Morning bells are ringing in your ear
    Is your brother on a church kick
    Seems like just a different kind of dope sick
    Better off to teach a dog a card trick
    And try to have a point and make it clear
    You should know compared
    To people on a global scale
    Our kind has had it relatively easy
    And here with you there's always
    Something to look forward to
    Our angry heart beats relatively easy
    I lost a good friend
    Christmas time when folks go off the deep end
    His woman took the kids and he took klonopin
    Enough to kill a man of twice his size
    Not for me to understand
    Remember him when he was still a proud man
    A vandals smile a baseball in his right hand
    Nothing but the blue sky in his eye
    Still compared to those
    A stones throw away from you
    Our lives have both been relatively easy
    Take the(a) year and make a break
    There ain't that much at stake
    The answers could be relatively easy
    Watch that lucky man walk to work again
    He may not have a friend left in the world
    See him walking home again to sleep alone
    Or step into a shop to buy a postcard for a girl
    I broke the law boys
    Shooting out the windows of my loft boys
    When they picked me up I made a big noise
    Everything to blame except my mind
    I should say I keep your picture with me everyday
    The evenings now are relatively easy
    Here with you there's always
    Something to look forward to
    My lonely heart beats relatively easy
    My lonely heart beats relatively easy

  7. Paul Smith

    65 y.o. grown man and this song still makes my cry.

  8. Gary Adamson

    stirs lots of emotions..brilliant.

  9. Jeremy Peterson

    Nobody working today puts lyrics to music as well as this man.

  10. Shaemus O Reilly

    Poignant lyrics, dont care political affiliation,religious background,social status. This song touches all of us....amazing songwriter who can do that.

  11. Coach Ms

    Just found out about this guy from watching Off Camera with Sam Jones on Directv. It was a great interview and since then I've been finding and enjoying the music I've found from what I think is a great artist. Not anyone like him out there today. Modern day Jim Croce with better music writing skills.

  12. John Murphy

    They were always gonna have kids! xx

  13. John Murphy

    There is nothing more beautiful in art than a rarely expressed sentiment!

  14. John Murphy

    This sort of songwriting when done well is Carveresque in its precision. And you, sir, are a master of the form. Bravo! x

  15. John Murphy

    I'm just in bits...

  16. Beth Halpain

    That's beautiful 💕

  17. Amanda Michelle

    17 people have bieber fever.

    Bob Isbell

    Make that 19....

    T M F

    Amanda Haefner 23

  18. Doug Wittrock

    I'd love to write lyrics like this.

  19. David Barry

    This is scary good in so many ways.  Amanda's use of space is poetic; from the mike, him, five minutes of pure art.

  20. Dale Lucas

    Tell me that the line "Our hearts beat relatively easy " doesn't relate to us all of us?

  21. Jim Russell

    Simply superb

  22. David Stewart

    love this song, but does it remind anyone of Skyway by The Replacements? :-)

    Gilbert Pilz

    Same key and chord structure.

    tim oakes

    NOTHING COULD-EVER TOMMY27

  23. Jim Russell

    Simply excellent

  24. Kelsey Pendley

    The departing district

  25. Jim Alfirov

    I wish I could play, sing, and write like Jason......oh, and have Amanda..... :)

    14wAYNE

    You and many others I imagine. I'd be happy to have written one of his songs.

  26. Chase T

    Pure class.

  27. Mike Thomas

    Goddamn that's good

  28. Andrew Kling

    This song has so many layers. At first I thought the line "Is your brother on a church kick" was Jason mocking people getting clean and finding God, it's not. It's showing a man's contempt of someone doing that only before his own life unravels and he realizes what he's lost.

    Ezra Alexander

    I'd like to take a moment to recognize that as of yet, we are having a theological discussion in a reasonable and polite manner, so congratulations all. In my opinion- and I certainly don't claim to know what he was thinking- I don't think Isbell, at least in this song, was in the frame of mind of turning to God. At the same time, I don't necessarily think he was comparing faith to drugs; but rather that he was commenting on people who use the church, or religious activities, as a crutch without being actually committed to God. Just my two cents. Thank you all for this incredibly rare opportunity to exchange thoughts in a calm and friendly manner. ~Ezra (obviously)

    Thomas Cook

    Screw you Ezra!!! I hate your opinion and disagree even though I don't really even understand it or give it my full attention when I read it! (just kidding...).  I love this conversation (and the song),  Karl Marx said ""Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes""  which in freedom language means "religion is the opioid of the people".   So, so true.  (source: grew up in very strict religious household...now agnostic/skeptical)  (tommy)

    Andrew Kling

    No, but I know the context in his life when he wrote this song. He was in rehab getting sober. I also know that one of the 12 steps in AA is "Surrendering to a higher power", a phrase used to help people make peace with God knowing that their in their background the word "God" is probably not synonymous with peace. The song is about different points in a man's life on his way to hitting bottom, so in the first verse when he sees someone suddenly turning to faith he sneers at it. By the end of the song I take it as he's locked up and seeing things from a different perspective. It's not about being christian or atheist, it's about getting sober.

    Darin- USMC B- 85-93

    Michael Williams
    Michael, not commenting on the totality of your comment, though I appreciate that you showed respect for another’s opinion, especially as it differs from yours, as you are surely aware Many times, if not most times the conversation with people that claim to be in both sides of the issue, or Christian, Atheist or Agonistic turns to attacks of a reprehensible nature, and if someone claims to be a Christian, a follower of Christ, that’s certainly not the way to win someone over to “your way of thinking “,
    And nowhere in the Bible have I read that Jesus ever won a follower by belittling them or berated them, though he would always speak the truth & perhaps get someone to reevaluate their beliefs, even the ones within biblical times that considered themselves religious, in tune with all God’s teachings, those are the ones he challenged the most in scripture.
    I digress, my comment is this, focused on your statement that you are not likely to go there in your mind, referring to God or religion.
    , I grew up in different denominations, I was in churches, but never attended any particular church enough to belong or considered to be a member, I had an uncle that was a preacher but not always the kindest outside of church to people, he was not necessarily a bad man, but not an example of a Godly man to necessarily lead others or his nephew to Christ, of course now as an adult myself, I have to acknowledge that he was human, & just because someone goes to church or calls themselves a Christian doesn’t mean they won’t get angry & flip someone off in traffic, they will more than likely regret it afterwards & ask the Lord for forgiveness & more patience next time...
    But my point is this..
    In my 20s I was enjoying myself, not a bad guy, would never go out of way to hurt anyone & would gladly help a stranger, but I wasn’t going to church, nor had I read the Bible in many years, but after being on the wrong end of a revolver during an armed robbery & being shot 3 times, lying in a pool of my own blood.
    Heavy internal bleeding, rushed to the hospital, fortunately to one with a trauma center of highly qualified surgical staff, I was cut open in a short timeframe to find the bullets as the body showed entrance wounds but exit wounds couldn’t all be located,
    I was in fantastic physical shape when this incident occurred, but less than 30 mins later I was cut open like a fish on a slab with surgeons hands inside my body searching frantically to stem the flow of blood as it exited my arteries & vital organs.
    At this point my physical prowess helped me not, I was helpless, sure the doctors worked feverishly on my lifeless body, as I lay cold,
    Many may not believe this , but I blacked out during the Ambulance ride only to awaken in the operating room to experience the event described above , to say my pain was off the charts would be an understatement. But it was at that moment, despite not being at church for many years , nor fully understanding the words written within the Bible, I cried out in agony for God to save me, come to me, as I was experiencing Hell at that moment, this was pain unlike anything I could ever imagine, the moment I said this silent prayer, the moment I called out to him in his name,
    He was there for me.
    Not gonna argue with skeptics, just tellingly story, I still had a long long road to recovery, I literally died a couple times on the operating table between this emergency surgery that day, that was stopped due to me flat lining, & tried again on day 2, with same result, but each time , I was revived & stabilized , ultimately I was in a coma for about a month, when I finally left hospital, 30 lbs lighter, I could barely walk but I could walk,
    My family was told I wouldn’t make it 24hours, then after 48 hours I was still alive , they were told if I lived I’d have severe brain damage as brain robbed of oxygen & blood flow for extended period, also that highly likely I’d be paralyzed due to bullet hitting spine & fragments imbedded, plus lack of blood to my legs, as one bullet went through Aorta & Vena Cava.
    I had months of recovery & rehab to regain strength , plus dozens of additional surgeries over the years... so saying God was there for me, didn’t mean I was immune to the damage done to my body, but mine was best case scenario considering the damage internally, though I’ve had 3 more surgeries this year to repair abdominal damages, over 25 years later I’m still here, & for that I give 100% credit to God Almighty.
    Many of the miracles I was the recipient of, I didn’t come to recognize or really appreciate fully until I began to read the Bible & see verses that directly apply to me, my life & my experience.
    Each has their own journey, I shutter to think how things might have been different, had I not chosen to call out to God at that moment, many years ago.
    I pray that those that don’t know him , won’t wait until it’s too late.
    (& glad I didn’t)
    Take care.

    Gilbert Pilz

    @Lattie Hugh - you can get sober without "finding God". The part about "seems like just another kind of dope sick" is pointing out that, while dependence on organized religion might be better for you physically than being dependent on drugs, you are still dependent. The goal is to stand on your own two feet without relying on drugs, or religion, or your job, or your politics, or whatever to validate your worth as a human being.

  29. blane johnson

    well there's two people who either can't see a graceful performance because of their douchenozzle blocking their view, or they're suffocated from the bitter resentment from knowing they'll never being doing what they're born to do, like jason isbell.

  30. Pat Meruseye

    Come on.. HOW CAN YOU DISLIKE THIS !?!??

    Andrew Kling

    +Pat Meruseye Some peoples souls are dead and they don't even know it. Trust me on this one.

    Not Abot

    Not long enough.

  31. JoeDoakes1015

    Jason Isbell is absolutely amazing.

  32. Dan Richmond

    The line "baseball in his right hand, nothing but the blue sky in his eyes" always gets me..,

    jack straw79

    That whole second verse brought a tear to my eye the first time I heard it. Masterful songwriting!

    Richard Sterrs

    thats because its genius

    Ronnie Pryor

    i cry on that verse every time

    tunafish1873

    every time!

    Andrew Haynie

    Every time.

  33. David Watkins

    WOW!!! I could listen to every song on this album over and over again and still be moved each and every time!  NOBODY ELSE is making music like this!! God Bless you Jason Isbell for doing what your doing. As though someone magically combined Steve Young with The Beatles and Townes Van Zandt into one person and then taught that person to play screaming lead guitar like Dickey Betts!!  (BTW... I  really dig Jason Isbell's music)

  34. KesselRunHero

    How does ever get anything done with a wife like that.......

    Ellijah Jones

    Because he writes music like this, has a killer voice, has a sense of humor, and loves her. 

  35. Kev Martin

    Wow- this whole session is simply killer, if you respect a simple song and how it is delivered with such grace and balance. Amanda is just so beautiful- and makes Jason complete- just look at how she smiles each time she glances at him- that is deep love if I ever saw it. So happy for Jason- he was kinda lost there, for a while after DBT, but no longer... he is the REAL DEAL. I know for a fact they are having the times of their lives, these days... Much respect and love for you both- you have both come a long way to be on the journey you are now on.

    Micajah Christie

    I've met them both and they're just so genuine. I love when each will back up the other. They just fade into the background and let whoever's leading shine. You can tell how much the love each other.

  36. Wendy Lassiter

    This is beyond ... you don't find many artist anymore. So lucky when you stumble upon one

  37. chris hall

    great song .thanks for posting.

  38. Leigh Veronica

    what kind of mic is that on his guitar?

    Dennis Jones

    Avenson STO-2 to a Great River Preamp to dBx 166 comp. Graham Blythe EQ.

  39. mark g.

    I also think it is the best song on a really great album.

    JoeDoakes1015

    +mark alan G. Honestly, choosing a "best" song on an album like "Southeastern" is something I could never do.

  40. Christopher Barrett

    This track still has the best line of the last 10 years in it. "Is your brother on a church kick, seems like just another kind of dope sick"

    Eric Holdsworth

    +Christopher Barrett that is a great line

    Boutwell's Air Masters

    I am a Christian and that line doesn't offend me at all.... I see it all the time.

    Jimmy Beam

    +Christopher Bennet, anyone who can rhyme "the deep end" with klonopin is a genius.

  41. brianstere

    great song to end the album with.  Brings tears to my eyes....not sure why.
    Wow she is smokin hot!!

    Ryan

    His wife. Amanda Squires (?)

    William Knell

    +Ryan Smith
    Shires

  42. scurt420

    what a great song

  43. Devin McCune

    Best song on this album, glad I found this video.

    Chase T

    Beautiful stuff.

  44. bgbreakdown

    Feeling this song... So real.

  45. John Zutic

    beautiful song, beautiful message, poignant and thoughtful.  just art. from an artist, art.