"Stockholm" as written by and Jason Isbell....
I've heard love songs make a Georgia man cry

On the shoulder of somebody's Saturday night

Read the good book, studied it too

But nothing prepared me for living with you



Lock me up tight in these shackles I wear

Tied up the keys in the folds of your hair

And the difference with me is I used to not care

Stockholm let me go home



Once a wise man to the ways of the world

Now I've traded those lessons for faith in a girl

Crossed the ocean, thousand years from my home

In this frozen old city of silver and stone



Ships in the harbor and birds on the bluff

Don't move an inch when their anchor goes up

And the difference with me is I've fallen in love

Stockholm let me go home

Let me go



And the night, so long, I used to pray for the daylight to come

Folks back home surely have called off the search and gone back to their own 



Ships in the harbor and birds on the bluff

Don't move an inch when their anchor goes up

And the difference with me is I've fallen in love

Stockholm let me go home

Let me go

Let me go home


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"Stockholm" as written by Jason Isbell

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    General CommentMaybe I'll be wrong here, so I'm up for correction for sure.

    Jason Isbell has been public with the fact that he was an alcoholic who fell in love and got clean. He's since gotten married. He may be here referencing Stockholm syndrome where captives defend, sympathize with, and sometimes even fall in love with their captors. Even to the point of willingly staying hostage. All this could metaphorically capture the bondage of addiction. Addicts too fall in love with and defend their addictions irrationally, becoming willing hostages to them. I think this is captured here in lines like:

    "Lock me up tight in these shackles I wear, tied up the keys in the folds of your hair" and "Ships in the harbor and birds on the bluff, don't move an inch when their anchor goes up"

    Love can profoundly inspire and conquer all though, as noted when Jason sings "the difference with me is I used to not care" and "the difference with me is I'm falling in love." Here I think he's bravely admitting that he's found a poignant reason to desire to live free of bondage to addiction. Though addicts certainly have a strong attachment to what imprisons them, true worthwhile praiseworthy love (as opposed to irrational attachment to what's hurting us) is ultimately stronger, and there is certainly hope! It doesn't even have to be love for a significant other like it was for Jason. It could be love for yourself or God or your family..whatever.

    To me, this is a powerful song.
    athousandjulyson August 24, 2013   Link

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