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This songwriter has been described by John Mayer as the ” best lyric  writer of my generation” …to me, this song just reinforces it.  The dichotomies set up within this song between luck and needs; between fate and dreams; between love and the ambition; are subtle but make some of the most poignant statements in writing about rural America’s struggle with globalism that I’ve heard or read. 

These dichotomies are ultimatey the reason why we are so divided in the United States.  The grey area between the haves and the have nots; big city vs. country; hometown vs. expanding horizons continues to tug at the fabric of our society primarily because we don’t look for the common ground that exists between the opposing beliefs that make up our society …

Who are you if not the one I met?
One July night before the town went wet
Jack and coke in your mama’s car
You were reading The Bell Jar

Where are you if you’re not on your own?
Always lonely, never quite alone
Where’s the Jesus that you swore you’d find?
After running the last line

Are you living the life you chose?
Are you living the life that chose you?
Are you taking a grown-up dose?
Do you live with a man who knows you like I
Thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I kid?

I got lucky when I finished school
Lost three fingers to a faulty tool
Settled out of court, I’m no one’s fool
You probably knew

There’s plenty left to make a getaway
I’ve spent enough nights in the bluegrass state
We could go somewhere where people stay up late
Or just somewhere new

Are you living the life you chose?
Are you living the life that chose you?
Are you taking a grown-up dose?
Do you live with a man who knows you like I
Thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I kid?

Here I am inviting you to throw your life away
Victim of nostalgia maybe take away
Just tonight I realized that I am still in your backseat
Nothing I’ve had since has meant a thing to me

Are you living the life you chose?
Are you living the life that chose you?
Are you taking a grown-up dose?
Do you live with a man who knows you like I
Thought I did back then
But I guess I never did
Did I kid?

The Life You Chose – Jason Isbell (2015)

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