From Jason Isbell's new album Southeastern, released June 11th 2013. For the lyrics, click "Show more"
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She said "Andy, you're better than your past"
Winked at me and drained her glass
Cross-legged on a barstool like nobody sits anymore
She said "Andy you're taking me home,"
but I knew she planned to sleep alone.
I'd carry her to bed, sweep up the hair from her floor
If I'd fucked her before she got sick I'd never hear the end of it
She don't have the spirit for that now
We just drink our drinks and laugh out loud,
and bitch about the weekend crowd,
and try to ignore the elephant somehow
She said "Andy, you crack me up"
Seagram's in a coffee cup
Sharecropper eyes, and the hair almost all gone
When she was drunk, she made cancer jokes
Made up her own doctors' notes
Surrounded by her family, I saw that she was dying alone
But I'd sing her classic country songs and she'd get high and sing along
She don't have a voice to sing with now
We burn these joints in effigy and cry about what we used to be,
And try to ignore the elephant somehow, somehow
I've buried her a thousand times, given up my place in line
but I don't give a damn about that now
There's one thing that's real clear to me: No one dies with dignity
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow, somehow