NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Jimbo Hart, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Chad Gamble, Derrick DeBorja of The 400 Unit accept an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)

“Only Children” by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit from the 2020 album Reunions

Walking around at night
Fighting my appetite
Every kid in cutoffs could be you
Remember when we used to meet
At the bottom of Mobile Street
Do what the broken people do

Are you still taking notes?
The Holy Ghost could get inside you
You can do whatever you put your mind to
Will you read me what you wrote?
When we were locked outside the building
Over-encouraged only children

Cold coffee on the fire escape
We bet it all on a demo tape
And we still had something left to steal
Remember when we took too much
To get a little of the human touch
Hand to mouth and reel to reel

Are you still taking notes?
Hydrocodone in your backpack
Maybe these words will hold the beast back
Will you read me what you wrote?
The one I said you stole from Dylan
Over-encouraged only children

“Heaven’s wasted on the dead”
That’s what your mama said
When the hearse was idling in the parking lot
She said you thought the world of me
And you were glad to see
They finally let me be an astronaut

Are you still taking notes?
Will you have anyone to talk to?
Castle walls that you could walk through
And do the dead believe in ghosts?
Or are you lost in some old building
With over-encouraged only children

Reunions Track List

  1. What’ve I Done to Help
  2. Dreamsicle
  3. Only Children
  4. Overseas
  5. Running With Our Eyes Closed
  6. River
  7. Be Afraid
  8. St. Peter’s Autograph
  9. It Gets Easier
  10. Letting You Go

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.

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