"Danko / Manuel" as written by and Jason Isbell....
Let the night air cool you off.
Tilt your head back and try to cough.
Don't say nothing 'bout the things you never saw.
Let the night air cool you off.

I ain't living like I should.
A little rest might do me good.
Got to sinking in the place where I once stood.
Now I ain't living like I should.

Can you hear that singing? Sounds like gold.
Maybe I can only hear it in my head.
Fifteen years ago we owned that road
Now it's rolling over us instead.

Richard Manuel is dead.

God forbid you call their bluff.
Like the nightmares ain't enough.
Remember when we used to think that we were tough?
God forbid you call their bluff.

First they make you out to be
The only pirate on the sea.
Then they say Danko would have sounded just like me.
"Is that the man you want to be?"

Can you hear that song? It sounds like gold.
Maybe I could make it bigger overseas.
Fifteen years ago we owned this road
Now it only gives us somewhere else to leave.

Something else you can't believe.

Can you hear that singing? Sounds like gold.
Maybe I can hear poor Richard from the grave
Singin' where to reap and when to sow
When you've found another home you have to leave.

Something else you can't believe.


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"Danko/Manuel" as written by Jason Isbell

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    General CommentJust a downright sad song.

    The last 3-4 times I watched the Last Waltz, I discovered so much about the conflicting personalities within the band. It wasnt just a documentary about a rock group's last show, featuring some of the finest acts of the day. Its really about that "fork in the road" that people reach at some points of there lives and how they deal with it. It was very clear to me that Rick Danko and Richard Manual were extrememly distraught about what they were going to do going forward. Rock Stars all there lives , at the peak of The Band's popularity...booom...its all over kids. Now you have to go and get a real job. We are on the road, we "own that road'in fact. Manuel is pretty messed up, Danko looks like a lost puppy. These guys reeked of music and were superstars in the day. Every time I see Danko in the Last Waltz , it saddens me to see a guy with talent and passion ooozing out of every pore and know that he has no idea what he is going to be doing tomorrow. Rick Manual, beautiful angelic voice, such a superstar within the "Band" concept, would struggle on his own. Never would they be anywhere close to what the had in the glory days.

    I saw Robbie Robertson all sexy, cool and confident talking about how much of a chore it was to be in a band and be on the road all the time. he was tired and ready for a change. No doubt it was just a matter of time before he would be a household name.

    No knock against Robertson. Just felt bad that it was essentially him pulling the plug on The Band, the only one who really had a chance at capturing that magic again at some point in his very bright future.

    I cant really say from what perspective Isbell is singing from or what exactly the song is about but watch the Last Waltz and tell me if you pick up these feelings.
    PappyHabon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOn March 4th 1986, the Band's lead singer, pianist, and drummer Richard Manuel died in a motel room in Winter Park, Florida, while touring with the reunited Band. His emotional, soulful voice and his beautiful songwriting was essential to the success of the original group. - theband.hiof.no/band_members/…

    Rick Danko died of unknown causes in his sleep: Marbletown, N.Y., December 10, 1999 - Age: 56 - singer and bass player of the Band,
    (infoplease.com/ipa/…)


    Counting Crows
    All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)

    Got a message in my head
    that the papers had all gone
    Richard Manuel is dead
    And the daylight's coming on
    I've been wandering through the dark
    now I'm standing on the lawn
    Uh_Andyon February 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song.
    Faaip De Oiadon October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother awesome Isbell song
    jadyon April 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it had a very personal effect on me.

    I realized that I chose to take an academic route and avoided playing in bands.

    I texted a friend to see if he wanted to jam after the break. I never got that chance.

    I later read that Jason was writing about the life of a musician but he tied two members of the band in.

    One of my favorite songs. Music is free.
    bkabbotton May 27, 2012   Link
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    General Comment15 years ago they owned that road

    now it's rolling over us instead

    humble brag. jason leaving truckers good music but man
    bkabbotton November 12, 2013   Link

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