"True Sadness" is a song by The Avett Brothers that was first performed in New Braunfels, TX on June 26, 2015. The song was made available for download or streaming as a single on May 6, 2016. It is the titular track on their 2016 album True Sadness.
There are three versions of "True Sadness" that have been performed or released, all of which are performed by the full 7-member band. The studio version is a folk rock version, the band usually performs an alternative rock composition at concerts, and some radio sessions feature a bluegrass version.
You were a friend to me when my wheels were off the track
And though you say there is no need I intend to pay you back
When my mind was turning loose and all my thoughts were turning black
You shined a light on me and I intend to pay you back
But I still wake up shaken by dreams
And I hate to say it but the way it seems
Is that no one is fine
Take the time to peel a few layers
And you will find
When I was a child I depended on a bottle
Full grown I've been known to lean on a bottle
But you're the real deal in a world of imposters
And I've seen the program make men out of monsters
Angela became a target
As soon as her beauty was seen
By young men who try to reduce her down
To a scene on an x-rated screen
Is she not more than the curve of her hips?
Is she not more than the shine on her lips?
Does she not dream to sing and to live and to dance down her own path?
Without being torn apart
Does she not have a heart?
I cannot go on with this evil inside me
I step out my front door and I feel it surround me
Just know the kingdom of God is within you
Even though the battle is bound to continue
True sadness True sadness True true sadness
Cut verse Edit
The following verse is removed from the album version but was included during the initial performances of the song, between the 'bottle' and 'Angela' verses:
Adam and Eve must have really done a number
On that garden when the apple was finished
Leaving behind them a debt made of sadness
A damage that can't or won't be replenished
True Sadness tracksEdit
9. "Fisher Road to Hollywood"
10. "Victims of Life"
11. "Divorce Separation Blues"
12. "May It Last"
13. "I Wish I Was" (Full band) (Target)
14. "Rejects in the Attic" (Target exclusive)