I love this new song from Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, a rare co-write between the married musicians, according to an interview with American Songwriter.
The song was born from a scrapped film but it’s inherently beautiful and full of story even without that context — it’s a little less specific than some of Isbell’s own work, but the melody is as full they come. It’s a gentle, sad song, and it shows the strength found in lyrical in repetition — notice how Shires’ change in harmony stands out on the “close your eyes” line the third time through. The last line is a real heartbreaker, just like the wailing fiddle. A perfect match, if you believe in such things.
“On the wind I heard you call my name…”
~The Color of a Cloudy Day
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires