I came to Jason Isbell by way of The Drive-By Truckers. He joined the band in 2001 and played guitar on three of their best albums (IMHO)—DECORATION DAY, THE DIRTY SOUTH, and BLESSING AND A CURSE. Isbell left the band in 2007 and released his first solo album, SIRENS OF THE DITCH, that same year. “Elephant” was among a collection of stunning new material he released on the album SOUTHEASTERN in 2013.
“Elephant” is not an easy song. In fact, it is devastating.
It starts out with a quiet guitar line that invites you in, telling you it’s story time. But then the lyrics reach out from the speaker and grab you by the throat. From there it is one of the most original tales of love and loss that has ever ripped the beating heart from your chest. It’s also the best short story I have listened to in recent memory.
Read the lyrics for “Elephant” by Jason Isbell right HERE.
Previous installments in this series:
- Steve Earle—N.Y.C.
- Generation X—”Kiss Me Deadly”
- Mr. T Experience—”Sorry For Freaking Out…”
- Warren Zevon—”Carmelita”
- Leonard Cohen—”Suzanne”
- The Descendents—”Clean Sheets”
- Jawbreaker—”Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”
- Pulp—”Common People”
- Marty Robbins—”El Paso”
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.