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The God Thing: Steve Earle’s “God Is God”

Steve Earle, a recovering alcoholic and addict, likes to write songs about the steps… He has said that his song, “Goodbye” (love Emmylou’s brilliant cover on Wrecking Ball), is “a Step 9 in the key of G.”

A reader today suggested his song, “God is God” (on his new CD I’ll Never Get Out of This Alive), is about Step 2.

My husband brought home this CD a couple weeks ago and this song has spent some time on automatic replay on my iPod… He wrote it for Joan Baez. Aside from the lyrics being interesting, it’s just a calming tune. Reminds me I don’t have to “get” God for it to do its job.

 

8 Comments

  1. Antithesis of Warren Zevon’s Splendid Isolation. I must say you have a husband with extremely good taste on at least two fronts.

  2. guinevere

    June 23, 2011 at 12:32 am

    @Dave, aw shucks. 🙂 thx.

  3. I like Steve Earl good to know he is one of us…
    Every year in SF we get to hear him play for free at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    and that’s a real good thing.
    Glad I get to show up for myself clear headed to enjoy the concerts.

  4. Thanks for this Guinevere. I’ve never heard it, but downloading to my iPod today. Music has always been important in my life and I believe that God spoke to me through music after years of short term sobriety followed by relapse after relapse to finally accept my powerlessness and work the program of recovery. Specifically, it was during a drunken stupor that I heard two songs differently than I had ever heard them before. John Mayer may not be an alcoholic, but I wonder if he knows how well we identify with these lyrics. They saved my life…

    Gravity (Think of it as alcohol)

    Gravity is working against me
    And gravity wants to bring me down
    Oh, I’ll never know what makes this man
    With all the love that his heart can stand
    Dream of ways to throw it all away

    Gravity is working against me
    And gravity wants to bring me down
    Oh, twice as much ain’t twice as good
    And can’t sustain like one half could
    It’s wanting more that’s gonna send me to my knees

    Twice as much ain’t twice as good
    And can’t sustain like one half could
    It’s wanting more that’s gonna send me to my knees

    Gravity, stay the hell away from me
    And gravity has taken better men than me
    Now how can that be

    Just keep me where the light is
    Just keep me where the light is
    Just keep me where the light is
    Just keep me where the light is

    In Repair

    too many shadows in my room
    too many hours in this midnight
    too many corners in my mind
    so much to do to set my heart right
    oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    i should assume it’s still unsteady
    i am in repair, i am in repair

    stood on the corner for a while
    to wait for the wind to blow down on me
    hoping it takes with it my old ways
    and brings some brand new look upon me
    oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    i should assume it’s still unsteady
    i am in repair, i am in repair

    and now i’m walking in a park
    all of the birds they dance below me
    maybe when things turn green again
    it will be good to say you know me

    oh it’s taking so long i could be wrong, i could be ready
    oh but if i take my heart’s advice
    i should assume it’s still unready
    oh i’m never really ready, i’m never really ready
    i’m in repair, i’m not together but i’m getting there
    i’m in repair, i’m not together but i’m getting there

  5. Kinda step 3 and 11 now that I listen to it again.

    3 – getting out of the bloody way.

    11 – doubt is OK too.

    I so relate to Steve Earle. I dont have his art, talent or drive but I do have a pot belly and am losing my hair.

  6. guinevere

    June 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    @Susan… gravity is actually one of my HPs! also the light. Thanks for being here–and will call soon.
    @Richie 🙂

  7. Whoa, Gravity.

    That is a bottom kickingly good song.

  8. Steve Earle is great. Thanks for including this song.

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