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Tour of Duty

Jason Isbell
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Album: Here We Rest (2011)

A song about a soldier returning home from war, grateful for how much better “home” is than the world he’s seen during he’s service, and grateful that’s still alive to enjoy it. Namely, he’s grateful for the woman he’s returning to and makes repeated promises to appreciate her.

 Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires



“When you’re in a small town, there’s a higher percentage of people that fight overseas. I’m not an anti-war person, but I do think a stupid idea is a stupid idea. It’s hard to filter through the media and see what the truth is nowadays. It’s almost impossible, but some ideas seem like good ones and some seem like bad ones. I try to go on a case-by-case basis. Surely I wouldn’t say we shouldn’t have participated in World War II, but at the same time, I don’t necessarily think the Iraq war was the best idea.

But either way, I’m not here to make policy. My main concern is with individuals and their stories. When I write a song about war, it’s personal to me. What’s more interesting than being reminded of your mortality on a daily basis? It’s a topic that should be on everyone’s mind all the time. I’ve never been to war, so I don’t write about being in war itself. I try to write about the effect the war is having on the homefront or on individuals. I do know something about that. It’s important to me and so many people overlook it.”

Jason Isbell
I'm riding on the days last train
Stepping on the platform trying to see you through the rain
I don't know the ways you've changed since I left
And I really don't care
I've done my tour of duty
Now I'm home and I ain't going anywhere

I taught myself to tolerate the pain
All the loneliness and boredom and the work I didn't blame
on the work we didn't blame
No I'm not the same as I was
I've done my tour of duty
Now I'll try to do what ace a million does

I promise not to bore you with my stories
I promise not to scare you with my tears
I never would exaggerate the glory
I'll seem so satisfied here

I been eating like I'm out on bail
Collard greens and chicken wings oysters by the pail
Eating oysters by the pail
Making up for those lost days
Cause I've done my tour of duty
And now I'm going to put you in my family, wait

We'll laugh like little children telling secrets
Probably cry like old women drinkin gin
Cause I've done my tour of duty
And now I'm home and I ain't leaving here again
I've done my tour of duty and I ain't leaving here again

24/5/2020 - 20:34



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