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Cover Me Up
Jason Isbell Lyrics


A heart on the run keeps a hand on the gun
You can't trust anyone
I was so sure what I needed was more
Tried to shoot out the sun
Days when we raged, we flew off the page
Such damage was done
But I made it through, 'cause somebody knew
I was meant for someone

So girl, leave your boots by the bed
We ain't leaving this room
'Til someone needs medical help
Or the magnolias bloom
It's cold in this house and I ain't going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you're enough
To use me for good

Put your faith to the test when I tore off your dress
In Richmond on high
But I sobered up and I swore off that stuff
Forever this time
And the old lover's sing
"I thought it'd be me who helped him get home"
But home was a dream
One I'd never seen 'til you came along

So girl, hang your dress up to dry
We ain't leaving this room
'Til Percy Priest breaks open wide
And the river runs through
And carries this house on the stones
Like a piece of driftwood
Cover me up and know you're enough
To use me for good

So girl, leave your boots by the bed
We ain't leaving this room
'Til someone needs medical help
Or the magnolias bloom
It's cold in this house and I ain't going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you're enough
To use me for good
Cover me up and know you're enough
To use me for good

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Written by: Jason Isbell

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Catherine S. Todd

A heart on the run keeps a hand on the gun you can't trust anyone
I was so sure what I needed was more tried to shoot out the sun
Days when we raged, we flew off the page such damage was done
But I made it through, cause somebody knew I was meant for someone

So girl, leave your boots by the bed we ain't leaving this room
Till someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom
It's cold in this house and I ain't going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you're enough to use me for good

Put your faith to the test when I tore off your dress in Richmond on high
But I sobered up and I swore off that stuff forever, this time
And the old lovers sing “I thought it'd be me who helped him get home”
But home was a dream, one I'd never seen till you came along

So girl, hang your dress up to dry we ain't leaving this room
Till Percy Priest breaks open wide and the river runs through
And carries this house on the stones like a piece of driftwood
Cover me up and know you're enough to use me for good

So girl, leave your boots by the bed we ain't leaving this room
Till someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom
It's cold in this house and I ain't going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you're enough to use me for good
Cover me up and know you're enough to use me for good



All comments from YouTube:

Spencer Lamb

It always makes me feel really good at 2:36 when he sings the line "I swore off that stuff, forever this time" and people in the crowd cheer. Jason's struggles with addiction and his journey getting sober are a major part of his songs and it is just awesome to hear that part.

Whitney Bailey

Jason's struggles are beautiful he puts the heart into the matter

Michael Hulett

@Michael D No one but a recovering addict will ever understand how powerful that lyric is. 10+ years clean from cocaine addiction. Keep it up. Sober looks great on you.

Mason Harstad

It was even more awesome when I was in the crowd cheering him on😎

Sarah Cunningham

It makes me cry every time. I feel hopeful when I hear it, though. The last recording I have of my brother is of him playing this song as he was working through recovery. He invited a friend who was also going through recovery into his home, and the friend's ex hired someone to murder the friend. My brother was at home and became collateral damage. Both were fathers. It was a completely preventable tragedy. This song brings me a weird mixture of comfort and sorrow.

Amanda Bochmann

Chills!

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Lars Jessen

As a Dutch guy, country ain’t my style that’s familiair to me. Being brought up on (heavy)metal, This shouldn’t be my go-to area. But damn... This song made me humble. This song made me change me life, I kid you not! Next year I’m attending his show in Amsterdam with my girlfriend and kids, and when this song comes up...: Imma pop the question! See any of you guys there, hopefully!

The Alaska Picker

Honestly this feels more like folk than country to me. A fine distinction, i guess, but makes a difference

Outdoors dad

@christopher huffman No freaking way.

Flapper Girl67

My husband gave me If we were Vampires ❤️❤️❤️. Whenever I feel
Off center or disconnected to him or us… I play that song and remember what’s important. Bam! Just like that!

Also… we got to see Jason at a small venue here In San Diego for that album tour. He was newly sober and Amanda opened up for him… Thats when I fell in love with her! Unfortunately we just got refunded for her show… at the same venue… breaks my heart! There’s nothing like seeing the greats before everyone else knows who they are in those small intimate settings.

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