Songs I Love To Play: Goddamn Lonely Love (Dr-ve-By Truckers Cover)

in music •  16 days ago

This song was written by Jason Isbell, and is from the Drive-By Truckers' 2004 album The Dirty South. It's a beautiful piece of songwriting that addresses an often overlooked side of love...how lonely it can actually be. Love can be lonely in different ways. There is the longing for someone who is unattainable. There is the mourning of someone who is no longer there. But the worst of all is that sinking feeling you get when that person you love is still there, but she's on her way out. You know it, she knows it, and there isn't a Goddamned thing either one of you can do about it.

Loss is the hardest thing about love. I have been there on pretty much every level that it can go wrong. Which may be why songs like this appeal to m. I understand them, and I can feel the song to the core from which it speaks to me.

And so, I give you my second song for the day (I must be feeling overly tuneful today...I hope you don't mind). It's my second sad song of the day. But don't worry. Sad songs actually make me feel better...

GODDAMN LONELY LOVE
words and music by JASON ISBELLL

I got green and I got blues
And everyday there's a little less difference between the two
So I belly-up and disappear
Well I ain't really drowning 'cause I see the beach from here

I could take a Greyhound home but when I got there it'd be gone
Along with everything a home is made up of
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

Sister, listen to what your daddy says
Don't be ashamed of things that hide behind your dress
Belly-up and arch your back
Well I ain't really falling asleep, I'm fading to black

You could come to me by plane, but that wouldn't be the same
As that old motel room in Texarkana was
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

Stop me if you've heard this one before:
A man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor
Stop me if I ever get that far
The sun's a desperate star that burns like every single one before

And I could find another dream,
One that keeps me warm and clean
But I ain't dreamin' anymore, I'm waking up
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take everything you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

© Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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