Last weekend, Jeff Tweedy performed a career-spanning solo set in Washington, DC as part of NPR Music’s 10th anniversary celebration.
The songwriter opened with a new song titled “Bombs Above” before breaking into Uncle Tupelo’s “We’ve Been Had,” a Mavis Staple track and three Wilco songs, including A.M.’s “Passenger Side.”
The new song was delivered without explanation, but featured predictably great lyrics.
“All my life I’ve played a part
In the bombs above the ones you love
I’m taking a moment to apologize
I should’ve done more to stop the war - so I’m sorry
I leave behind a trail of songs
In the darkest gloom to the brightest sun
I’ve lost my way but it’s hard to say
What I’ve been through should matter to you
A man so drunk he could hardly stand
Told me once holding my hand
Suffering’s the same for everyone
He was right but I was wrong - to agree”
The performance is nothing short of excellent, the set finding Tweedy in an especially charismatic and inspired form.
Watch the full, 18-minute set below.