Wilco

Having Been Is No Way To Be

Oh I was naive
My shoes were untied
In heaven everything is just fine
But the phones are dead
And so is the light
And so are you
And honey so am I
But the earth still turns
For the unconcerned
Days pass below like train windows
I was a sapling tree
The birds looked like me
So I begged my nerves to kick me something new
From time to time
I’d watch you sleep
I wonder how much freedom we can dream
And I’m sorry when you wake up to me
I just got tired
Shining steady like a spider web
Is an empty stage
Now people say
“What drugs did you take?”
And “Why don’t you start taking them again?”
What difference would it ever make to them
But they’re not my friends
And if I was dead
What difference would it ever make to them
If I got high
From time to time
I wonder how much freedom you would need
And I’d be sorry when you wake to me
I’m reaching out to you
I’m writing all the time
I don’t see deep but I see far and wide
I see dead trees
But the roots have leaves
Just because I can’t describe it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try
To untwist the knife
To unmake my mind
Having been is no way to be alive
And I’m alive
When I watch you sleep
I wonder how much freedom we need
And I’m here
When you wake up to me
I’m still here
When you wake up to me
 

Appears On

Played Live On

07.19.2021
Charlton, MA - Tree House Brewing
07.18.2021
North Adams, MA - Mass Moca

solo w/ special guest Nels Cline

07.17.2021
North Adams, MA - Mass Moca

solo w/ special guest Nels Cline

07.03.2021
Loves Park, IL - Long Play Music Fest

with full band

06.04.2021
Bridgeview, IL - The Drive-In at SeatGeek Stadium

09.18.2020
McHenry, IL - McHenry Outdoor Theater

01.20.2020
Riviera Maya, MX - Hard Rock Hotel
08.10.2019
Evanston, IL - Canal Shores Golf Course

with Ohmme

07.26.2019
New York, NY - Damrosch Park

Free show

06.30.2019
North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival

05.28.2019
Adelaide, AUS - The Gov

with Jen Cloher

05.26.2019
Melbourne, AUS - Howler
05.25.2019
Melbourne, Aus - Athenaeum Theatre

with Jen Cloher

05.24.2019
Meeniyan, AUS - Meeniyan Town Hall
05.22.2019
Brisbane, AUS - Powerhouse

with Jen Cloher

05.20.2019
Sydney, AUS - The Metro

with Jen Cloher

04.18.2019
Champaign, IL - Virginia Theatre

with James Elkington

04.16.2019
Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall

with James Elkington

04.14.2019
Chattanooga, TN - Walker Theatre

with James Elkington

04.10.2019
Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

with James Elkington

04.09.2019
New York City, NY - Town Hall

with James Elkington

04.08.2019
New York City, NY - Town Hall

with James Elkington

04.06.2019
Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center

with Buck Meek

04.04.2019
Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland

with Buck Meek

04.03.2019
Toronto, ON - The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

with Buck Meek

04.01.2019
Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater

with Buck Meek

03.31.2019
Columbus, OH - Davidson Theatre

with Buck Meek

03.23.2019
Chicago, IL - The Vic

Annual Benefit Show

03.21.2019
Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

with James Elkington

03.20.2019
Nashville, TN - James K Polk Theater

with James Elkington

03.19.2019
Asheville, NC - Orange Peel

with James Elkington

03.17.2019
Orlando, FL - Plaza Live Theatre

with James Elkington

03.15.2019
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse

with James Elkington

03.14.2019
Tampa, FL - Tampa Theatre

with James Elkington

03.12.2019
Tallahassee, FL - The Moon

On Sale Wed. Dec. 12 at 12p ET

03.11.2019
Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

with James Elkington

03.09.2019
Macon, GA - Hargray Capitol Theatre

with Buck Meek

03.08.2019
Birmingham, AL - Lyric Theatre

with Buck Meek

03.07.2019
Germantown, TN - Germantown PAC

with Buck Meek

03.04.2019
Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre

with Buck Meek

03.01.2019
Oklahoma City, OK - The Auditorium

with Buck Meek

02.28.2019
St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

with Buck Meek

02.27.2019
Iowa City, IA - Englert Theatre

with Buck Meek

01.07.2019
Los Angeles, CA - Largo
01.06.2019
Los Angeles, CA - Largo
01.04.2019
Los Angeles, CA - Largo
01.03.2019
Los Angeles, CA - Largo
10.08.2018
Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with Kacy & Clayton

10.06.2018
San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park -Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (solo)
10.05.2018
San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with Kacy & Clayton

10.02.2018
Portland, OR - Newmark Theatre - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.30.2018
Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.29.2018
Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.28.2018
Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.26.2018
Spokane, WA - Bing Crosby Theater - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.25.2018
Missoula, MT - The Wilma - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.21.2018
Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.20.2018
Madison, WI - Capitol Theater - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

09.19.2018
Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

with James Elkington

08.05.2018
Missoula, MT - Travelers' Rest Festival - Jeff Tweedy (Solo)

06.17.2018
Croton-on-Hudson, NY - Clearwater Festival