Attachment Mix Tape Track #6: Flagship by Jason Isbell


I recently discovered the artist, Jason Isbell, on the NPR podcast, All Songs Considered. I love this song by him essentially recognizing the preciousness of what he shares with his partner now and seeing the negative impact of not taking care of his relationship over time. One of the best lines of the song is about a couple he observes across the room: “She’s got nothing left to learn about his heart, They’re sitting there a thousand miles apart.” This song resonates with me personally and professionally because the singer is talking about doing what it takes to make our partner feel loved and cherished – something I strive to do everyday with my partner and something I strive to help couples do in my practice by uncovering the blocks to the connection they once shared.

Flagship by Jason Isbell

There’s a few too many years on this hotel She used to be a beauty you can tell The lights down in the lobby they don’t shine They just flicker while the elevator winds And the couple in the corner of the bar Have traveled light and clearly traveled far She’s got nothing left to learn about his heart They’re sitting there a thousand miles apart

Baby let’s not ever get that way I’ll say whatever words I need to say I’ll throw rocks at your window from the street And we’ll call ourselves the flagship of the fleet

There’s a lady shining shoes up by the door Cowboy boots for seven dollars more And I remember how you loved to see them shine So I run upstairs and get a pair of mine And there’s a painting on the wall beside the bed The watercolor sky at Hilton Head Then I see you in that summer when we met And that boy you left in tears in his Corvette

Baby let’s not ever get that way I’ll drive you to the ocean every day We’ll stay up in the presidential suite And call ourselves the flagship of the fleet

You gotta try and keep yourself naive In spite of all the evidence believed And volunteer to lose touch with the world And focus on one solitary girl

Baby let’s not live to see it fade I’ll cancel all the plans I’ve ever made I’ll drive and you can ride in the back seat And we’ll call ourselves the flagship of the fleet

I hope this song inspires you to be mindful of the preciousness of relationships! Thanks for reading!

To listen to the song, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra1rKTyxBiM

To follow along with the Attachment MixTape playlist on Spotify, click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/22bo4igxue27lbl3qjsrrhqxi/playlist/5annt8MmbhckEwuVk74XEp

To check out the All Songs Considered podcast, click here: http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs

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