Jason Isbell — White Man's World
Album: The Nashville Sound
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Released: 2017
Length: 3:50
Plays (last 30 days): 4
I'm a white man living in a white man's world
Under our roof is a baby girl
I thought this world could be hers one day
But her momma knew better

I'm a white man living in a white man's town
Want to take a shot of cocaine and burn it down
Momma wants to change that Nashville sound
But they're never gonna let her

There's no such thing as someone else's war
Your creature comforts aren't the only things worth fighting for
Still breathing, it's not too late
We're all carrying one big burden, sharing one fate

I'm a white man living on a white man's street
I've got the bones of the red man under my feet
The highway runs through their burial grounds
Past the oceans of cotton

I'm a white man looking in a black man's eyes
Wishing I'd never been one of the guys
Who pretended not to hear another white man's joke
Oh, the times ain't forgotten

There's no such thing as someone else's war
Your creature comforts aren't the only things worth fighting for
You're still breathing, it's not too late
We're all carrying one big burden, sharing one fate

I'm a white man living in a white man's nation
I think the man upstairs must'a took a vacation
I still have faith, but I don't know why
Maybe it's the fire in my little girl's eyes
Maybe it's the fire in my little girl's eyes
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Pseudo-snowflake. Pathetic.
Anger and guilt; a winning combination.

Gets extra points from me for those lyrics...

 MassivRuss wrote:
This song is everything wrong with America. White cracker self-pity, the force poisoning our democracy.

 
May the force be with you.
 greiffenstein wrote:

Agree with you, west.  You have to be deaf not to hear the guilt in the song.  And you have to be blind not to see that it's both warranted and past due.  I'm a white man, I don't have to give everything away and go hang myself, but being conscious of my privilege and the lack of the same privilege for others is the first step in figuring out how to resolve these injustices.  But don't listen to me.  Listen to the song.

 
Well said. Thank you.
c.
 MassivRuss wrote:
This song is everything wrong with America. White cracker self-pity, the force poisoning our democracy.

 
Spoken like a true Mass-hole....
 MassivRuss wrote:
All the wrong ways to comment on white privilege and white guilt.

 
What would be the right way, in your learned opinion?
I am really impressed with Isbell as a songwriter. This song is intended to be jarring, and Isbell sets you up in the first stanza:

I'm a white man living in a white man's world
Under our roof is a baby girl
I thought this world could be hers one day
But her momma knew better

The first two lines make it sound like it'll be a 1-2, 3-4 rhyming scheme by making "world" and "girl" work. (It's the "RL" sound that makes the two words sound similar.)

Then he throws structure out the window. Just when you're thinking Line 4 is going to end with something that rhymes with "one day" he hits you with a bitten off, terse "But her momma knew better." It gets your attention like a two-by-four to your skull. 
I am really impressed with Isbell as a songwriter. This song is intended to be jarring, and Isbell sets you up in the first stanza:

I'm a white man living in a white man's world
Under our roof is a baby girl
I thought this world could be hers one day
But her momma knew better

The first two lines make it sound like it'll be a 1-2, 3-4 rhyming scheme by making "world" and "girl" work. (It's the "L" sound that makes the two words sound similar.)

Then he throws structure out the window. Just when you're thinking Line 4 is going to end with something that rhymes with "one day" he hits you with a bitten off, terse "But her momma knew better." It gets your attention like a two-by-four to your skull. 
for a devastating annihilation of all this crud,
I am not your negro - doc on James Baldwin
 westslope wrote:

Perhaps you should expand on those thoughts.  Note that your perspective at first blush appears to be white-centric.

Taken from point of view of those who suffered white boot-heels on their necks..... and in some cases may still feel disadvantaged, I am not sure.  

 
Agree with you, west.  You have to be deaf not to hear the guilt in the song.  And you have to be blind not to see that it's both warranted and past due.  I'm a white man, I don't have to give everything away and go hang myself, but being conscious of my privilege and the lack of the same privilege for others is the first step in figuring out how to resolve these injustices.  But don't listen to me.  Listen to the song.
 westslope wrote:

Perhaps you should expand on those thoughts.  Note that your perspective at first blush appears to be white-centric.

Taken from point of view of those who suffered white boot-heels on their necks..... and in some cases may still feel disadvantaged, I am not sure.  

 
There seems to be a lot of folks that want to beat themselves up for what a specific political party has done, and in a lot of ways still does. The key to your freedom is HONESTLY identifying who that is and rejecting them.
 MassivRuss wrote:
All the wrong ways to comment on white privilege and white guilt.

 
Perhaps you should expand on those thoughts.  Note that your perspective at first blush appears to be white-centric.

Taken from point of view of those who suffered white boot-heels on their necks..... and in some cases may still feel disadvantaged, I am not sure.  
Catchy tune.

Terrific lyrics that are bound to make many upset.  
All the wrong ways to comment on white privilege and white guilt.
Thanx Bill for your suggestion
My concience feels better after hearing that diddy. Yea!
Happy to report his last concert was really good. He was in top shape playing this ever actual piece of music.
Standing applauses!
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Ben_Smedley wrote:
Very excited about Jason & The 400 Unit coming back to Sydney March 2018, such hard hitting concise lyrics...pure gold.

 


This song is everything wrong with America. White cracker self-pity, the force poisoning our democracy.
Very excited about Jason & The 400 Unit coming back to Sydney March 2018, such hard hitting concise lyrics...pure gold.