"Ain't No Reason" as written by and Brett Dennen....
There ain't no reason things are this way
It's how they've always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way
We do it every day

Preachers on the podiums speaking the sayings
Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change
Old ladies laughing from the fire escape
Cursing my name

I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing
You could spend your whole life working for something
Just to have it taken away

People walk around pushing back their debts
Wearing paychecks like necklaces and bracelets
Talking about nothing, not thinking 'bout death
Every little heartbeat, every little breath

People walk a tight rope on a razors edge
Carrying their hurt and hatred and weapons
It could be a bomb, or a bullet or a pen
Or thought, or a word or a sentence

There ain't no reason things are this way
It's how they've always been and they intend to stay
I don't know why I say the things I say
But I say them anyway

But love will come, set me free
Love will come, set me free, I do believe
Love will come, set me free, I know it will
Love will come, set me free, yes

Prison walls still standing tall
Some things never change at all
Keep on building prisons, gonna fill them all
Keep on building bombs, gonna drop them all

Working your fingers bare to the bone
Breaking your back, make you sell your soul
Like a lung, it's filled with coal
Suffocating slow

The wind blows wild and I may move
But politicians lie and I am not fooled
You don't need no reason or a three piece suit
To argue the truth

The air on my skin and the world under my toes
Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and commotion wherever I go
Love I try to follow

Love will come, set me free
Love will come, set me free, I do believe
Love will come, set me free, I know it will
Love will come, set me free, yes

There ain't no reason things are this way
It's how they've always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way
We do it every day


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  • +1
    General CommentMaybe the best most down to earth song ever. Brett Dennen touchs on every thing that is wrong with people in society these days and makes you actually think about life.
    amk18on February 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful, every time I hear it I get chills. I have listened to it like 100 times today and every single time it is just as wonderful as the last.

    I have never been touched so deeply by a song and I feel like hearing this song might make a very positive impact on my life. Things have been pretty rough in my life lately and it seems like wonderful songs like this are the only thing keeping me from falling apart.

    Anyway thats my little rant, keep it real everybody. Especially Brett!
    Sinogueon March 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I'm syuprised that with brett's new CD out that no one has really caught onto how great his music and lyrics are.

    This song is (to me) about the power of love, not the kind of love that you have for your wife, but maybe a little? Its more of the kind of love that is universal, world peace, things of that sort.

    Also to me it means that we arnt in control of what happening and it talks about how we will never know why they are the way they are.

    I've been listening to brett for some time now and just a few months ago when his new CD came out I had 2 of my best friends pass away in a car accident and music was there to save me frmo myself. Brett's music especialy kept me in the right direction.
    zoom zoomon October 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is Amazing - Brett Dennen is Awesome - Good Luck!
    Mouchieon November 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about taking life for granted. and to never look down on anyone because you never know what you have until its gone.
    MelissasFamouson January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing ....and anyone who has actualy lisened to this song doesnt need to read what it means ....hes much too good at getting his point across for that
    jcrosbyon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's some mistakes in the lyrics...
    'speaking of saints'
    'pushing back their debts'
    'thinking 'bout death'
    'slavery stitched'
    I don't think there is need to argue a deeper meaning, as there is none- at least no huge, mind-bending metaphors.
    Great song, can't get enough of it.
    Jvrson March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, this is the kind of song that makes me want to live a better life.
    PPbarkeron March 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe really is way ahead of his time. It's nice owning music that sounds different everytime you hear it. That's what I get anyways.

    I think he is simply saying how crap life is at the moment of writing this. Maybe he was asked by a child? "why are things so bad?" and replied "there aint no reason". But he also gives us all hope saying "i do believe, love will set me free" restoring out faith in good (love) and his appreciation for such. Ending on "we do it everyday" is kinda a little sublimibnal message as to question yourself "why" you do it everyday. x
    Izeon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I feel like i just discovered an artist making music that will be important to me for a long time. I haven't heard a song from him yet that I'm not completely impressed with. Incredible lyrical ability, witty, clever, original and over a variety of subject matters. His voice is so familiar and yet so unique.
    Krwlng_n_mie_sknon April 06, 2007   Link

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