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Jason Isbell — The Blue
Album: Seven-Mile Island
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1022









Released: 2009
Length: 4:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Don't roll away that stone, girl
Leave it where it lay
You think he's coming home but you know it's not today
I think the road will break me and never fill the holes,
but every time I'm saved I stop beating out a soul

I'm too scared to ask the right questions
and too tired to fill the right shoes
so I'll take advantage of the blues
I'll take advantage of the blue

There really ain't no difference
in Michigan and Maine
If you ain't here to see this I'm missing just the same
Your skin as soft as water, same temperature as me
I'd never know I touched you if you didn't let me see

I'd crawl to meet you if you'd just stay there,
and finally have a thing I couldn't bear to lose
So I'll take advantage of the blues
I'll take advantage of the blue

Mark me up so they can see the best of me
Hold me down so I can't find a drink
Dance so I don't have to think
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 CoYoT51 wrote:
Cheap cheap bridge... too bad.
Love the metronome player. :)

 

yeah disturbing my ears
It's not a metonome bozos! It'a Jason's grandmother with rings on her toes tapping her hairy toes. Now get THAT out of your mind. (besides, it is not regular enough to be a metronome!)
I'm looking all around my office to find the ticking time bomb!  Who decided it was a good idea to put that in a song??
 KevinM wrote:
I disagree - The song would be better without the annoying metronome
 

Not much there without it..... Reminds me of those watch alarms that replaced analog tick-tock clocks; the ones that mess your heart up.
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Cheap cheap bridge... too bad.
Love the metronome player. :)
 
I disagree - The song would be better without the annoying metronome
Cheap cheap bridge... too bad.
Love the metronome player. :)

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I hear some weird processed clicking out of the left speaker and it is not pleasant.  Maybe it is a drum stick hitting the rim of the drum then put through some digital process but it is not nice. Pity they could not  have just used an analogue sound as it will forever ruin this song for me now that I have heard it {#Frown}

Update... I have just read previous comments saying it is a digitised metronome or click track. Still don't like it though...

 
Thanks a lot....Now I can't NOT hear it either!!!!!!!!!!   ugh
Clever segue to Donovan - "Hurdy Gurdy Man".  Same metronome on the mantlepiece.
 thewiseking wrote:
This is not Jason at his best. JI doin a lil John Mayer thing here, although lyrically superior. Thankfully, he's doing much better stuff nowadays. 

 
{#Yes}

Not tonight, dear. I don't know this guy very well, but I associate the name with peppier stuff than this. 
This is not Jason at his best. JI doin a lil John Mayer thing here, although lyrically superior. Thankfully, he's doing much better stuff nowadays. 
 dewhead wrote:
The live version of this on his Live in Alabama CD is a really good version of this AND it doesn't have the clicky-clacky metronome sound in it. The whole Live in Alabama CD is outstanding!
 

 
Thanks, I ll check it out. Did you have to tell us about the metronome?  (I m not a fan of it s monotony either)


 
John Mayer guitar!
 
Love this, will look into some of their other stuff. 
Meh.
The live version of this on his Live in Alabama CD is a really good version of this AND it doesn't have the clicky-clacky metronome sound in it. The whole Live in Alabama CD is outstanding!
 
 toterola wrote:

Exactly what I was gonna say! I'm gonna be sure and listen to "Decoration Day" this weekend (Memorial Day to the rest of the US), and go see Jason and them up in SF on 6/17. If you get the chance, you won't be sorry you went. Outstanding young talent and a Hell of a nice guy.
 
Decoration Day, I ain't heard that since my Mother passed away. (Roll Tide)
 mccuff wrote:
Nice to see some of Jason Isbell's back catalogue being discovered and played. {#Biggrin} His latest stuff is making his name but there's some jewels back there, including this one.

 
Agreed
Thanks RP for bringing Jason Isbell to my attention!  
that 'Bama boy got a little Memphis in his guitar
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i never cared for Drive-By Truckers so i never paid attention to Isbell
that is until RP came along 
I hear some weird processed clicking out of the left speaker and it is not pleasant.  Maybe it is a drum stick hitting the rim of the drum then put through some digital process but it is not nice. Pity they could not  have just used an analogue sound as it will forever ruin this song for me now that I have heard it {#Frown}

Update... I have just read previous comments saying it is a digitised metronome or click track. Still don't like it though...
More Jason Isbell, please, Bill. This is such a great song. Love his voice.
Nice to see some of Jason Isbell's back catalogue being discovered and played. {#Biggrin} His latest stuff is making his name but there's some jewels back there, including this one.
Jason Isbell has become one of my favorite artists of all time. A superb songwriter.
This just in: Jason Isbell will be one of the headliners at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January.

Perhaps then he will see there's a difference between Michigan and Maine, even though they will both be cold...
Nice tune with poor bridge. Thanks for the discover, RP!
I definitely hear the John Mayer sound in the guitar but that is no bad thing to me.  Nice little song plus I think I may drop out and go listen to Room For Squares. 
 bseib wrote:

crap. me too now. :-(

 
Yes, for the drummers ears only {#Drummer}
 ranked1 wrote:
damn you guys! i've never even noticed this metronome sound before - now it's the only thing i hear

 
crap. me too now. :-(
HAPPY WICCA-EASTER to all of you, American Rockers!
The 400 unit? That's a lot to squeeze in the tour bus.
I saw him live this summer - what a powerful performer. Dress Blues is such a moving tune! Bought "Live From Alabama" - which is beautiful and rich but basically all his songs are about missed opportunities and lives of quiet despair, and I just can't take too much of that. He came out of some pretty heavy addiction but has been sober for a while, and is happily married. Maybe his writing will turn a more upbeat corner soon. I hope so, since I really like everything else about him.
From a "7" down to a "5" after realizing why I recognize this guitar riff. The fluffy John Mayer tune mentioned several comments below. Ugh...
I have faith that this dude will be around for a really long time. He's the real deal. One of my favorite young guitar gods. And an incredible live player. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 scrubbrush wrote:
Metronome sounds and all, I really, really, really like this song

 

I completely agree with me from a month ago. Love this song.
{#Fight}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Waitin' for the world to change . . .

 
Yep, my thoughts exactly!
Metronome sounds and all, I really, really, really like this song
 G_Raffa wrote:

Nice song, except the metronome-used-as-a-drum-machine is a bit distracting.

 
It's more likely a drum-machine-used-as-a-metronome effect.  I imagine that physical, "clockwork" metronomes are seldom used these days - outside of collectors' shops.
Initially thought this could be Bahamas... looks like an awful lot of us were confused by someone I never heard of {#Dance}

Keep us rocking Bill
At first I thought this was "something like Olivia" by John Mayer.
 barobalti wrote:
RHCP-esque guitar...
 
Yes, agreed.
I thought this was Anders Osborne
Is it just my twisted mind...or do the first 10 seconds sound like the Poltergeist soundtrack...?
 ranked1 wrote:
damn you guys! i've never even noticed this metronome sound before - now it's the only thing i hear
 
Right there with you on this.... 7—->6.
 westslope wrote:

No kidding.  Reminds me of music practice.

 
But you have to admit... dude can wail on that metronome, no?  Well, im diggin it at least.
damn you guys! i've never even noticed this metronome sound before - now it's the only thing i hear
Got his solo albums but not listened to them for a while usually go for DBT.
Not too far away from Ryan Adams, which is good thing.
love it
Sweet groove. Bloody annoying clickity-tappity.
 Byronape wrote:
This song reminds me of the RP main page.  Why you ask (even though you didn't)?

Well, (sorry Rebecca!), Rebecca's feet look a little blue as if they are really cold.  I'm sure it's just something with the light or the picture not displaying correctly, but it is something I always noticed.
 
Maybe that's why Bill is trying to warm them up with his hand?
Boring
 G_Raffa wrote:

Nice song, except the metronome-used-as-a-drum-machine is a bit distracting.


 
No kidding.  Reminds me of music practice.

Nice song, except the metronome-used-as-a-drum-machine is a bit distracting.


RHCP-esque guitar...
This song reminds me of the RP main page.  Why you ask (even though you didn't)?

Well, (sorry Rebecca!), Rebecca's feet look a little blue as if they are really cold.  I'm sure it's just something with the light or the picture not displaying correctly, but it is something I always noticed.
 mvanderford60 wrote:
Loved him with Drive-By Truckers - still a great songwriter and performer.  Roll out to see him if you get a chance.
 
Exactly what I was gonna say! I'm gonna be sure and listen to "Decoration Day" this weekend (Memorial Day to the rest of the US), and go see Jason and them up in SF on 6/17. If you get the chance, you won't be sorry you went. Outstanding young talent and a Hell of a nice guy.

Sounds like they are playing in a packed Oriental Resturant where all diners are using ChopSticks...
Loved him with Drive-By Truckers - still a great songwriter and performer.  Roll out to see him if you get a chance.
Waitin' for the world to change . . .
I agree the click is a little grating but this tune really grows on you...bumped it from a 6 to an 8 in the course of listening :)

I like it, but the click click click sounds like an automatic drum....

 
Jamunca wrote:
Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.
 


Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.
I like the message, the music is serviceable.
 dmax wrote:
The beginning is SUCH a steal from "Why Don't We Do It In The Road."
 
Hmmmm, i'm gonna look it up, it would be a shame since i really like this song!

Lovely. I like contemplating things while this is going on in the background :)
Nice!
The beginning is SUCH a steal from "Why Don't We Do It In The Road."
This one got under my skin, soft as water
The band name's more interesting than this dose of tedium, IMO. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the very first sung bar and an escape to iTunes before I'm claimed by the arms of Morpheus... {#Sleep}
like this {#Music}
More airtime for Isbell!!  He has a CD before this one, "Sirens of the Ditch" that is also excellent.
Really nice.
The pl tonight is amazing...{#Good-vibes} Thanks!

But I fear missing a night full of more great music laying down my tired bones know...{#Rolleyes}