“Relatively Easy” by Jason Isbell

“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.”

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 scale
Our kind has had it
And here with you there’s always to look forward to

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 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
Take a year and make a break there ain’t that much at stake
The answers could be

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
Here with you there’s always to look forward to
My lonely heart beats
My lonely heart beats


I'm routinely overestimated.

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