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“The Life You Chose” by Jason Isbell

Where’s the Jesus that you wore you’d find after running the last line?

Who are you if not the one I met
One July night before the town went wet
Jack and coke in your momma’s car
You were reading The Bell Jar

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 23: Jason Isbell performs at Ryman Auditorium on October 23, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Where are you if you’re not on your own?
Always lonely, never quite alone
Where’s the Jesus that you swore you’d find
After running the last line

Are you living the life you chose
Are you living the life that chose you
Are you taking a
grown-up dose
Do you live with a man who knows you
Like I thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I, kid?

I got lucky when I finished school
Lost three fingers to a faulty tool
Settled out of court, I’m no one’s fool
You probably knew

There’s plenty left to make a getaway
I’ve spent enough nights in the bluegrass state
We could go somewhere where people stay up late
Or just somewhere new

Are you taking a grown-up dose
Do you live with a man who knows you
Like I thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I kid?

Here I am inviting you to throw your life away
Victim of nostalgia, maybe Tanqueray
Just tonight I realized that I am still in your backseat
Nothing I’ve had since has meant a thing to me

Are you living the life you chose
Are you living the life that chose you
Are you taking a
grown-up dose
Do you live with a man who knows you
Like I thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I kid?

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