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Divorce Separation Blues


A different kind of blog posting ...

The Avett Brothers' new album, "True Sadness", includes the song "Divorce Separation Blues" which touches on love, separation, and divorce.

Seth Avett said, "It is odd to me that more songs aren’t specifically written about divorce, considering how painfully common the event has become. In this particular case, the idea for the song came along as a yodel, which I have no explanation for, except that I am a sucker for a sad song presented in a relatively bright or conversational way,"

Here is a link to a YouTube video and these are the lyrics.

I'm gonna keep on living Even though I sometimes do Fantasize about disappearing Down in the ocean blue Just to get some peace and quiet From the warfare inside my heart Well I've been under ear-splitting fire Ever since we've been apart

Well I'm gonna wash the dishes Pay the bills and watch the news I've got the tough education No celebration Divorce separation blues

Yodel eh hee yodelo lodi lay he yodel lay he

Well I'm gonna keep on waking And rising up before the sun And lying in the dark wide awake When everybody else is done

And sleeping in their beds so peaceful Dreaming with the love they choose I've got the tough education No celebration Divorce separation blues

Yodel eh hee yodelo lodi lay he yodel lay he

And I'll sign on The line beneath my name The road is gone I can't go back the way we came

Well neither one of us Really wanna hear the town We try to keep our friends at bay Try to keep the gossip down

Well some folks just want the dirt And don't even care if it's true But then again who cares who's talking I'm worried for myself and you

And I'll sign on The line beneath my name The road is gone I can't go back the way we came

They say one of every two Bound to be set aflame Every level of resentment Responsibility and blame Well now I'm bound to break a promise One I made to God and you

I've got the tough education No celebration Divorce separation blues

I've got the tough education No celebration Bad communication Worse interpretation Love deprivation Pain allocation Soul devastation Cold desolation Life complication Resuscitation Divorce separation blues

Yodel eh hee, olay hee, olay hee, olay hee Yodel eh hee yodelo lodi lay he yodel lay he

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