Brett Dennen - Ain't No Reason Lyrics




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

Preachers on the podium speaking of saints.
Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change.
Old ladies laughing from the fire escape,
Cursing my name.

I gotta a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same,
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing,
You can 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 about death,
Every little heartbeat, every little breath.

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

There ain't no reason things are this way.
Its 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.
Its 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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Brett Dennen Ain't No Reason Comments
  1. Throttle Kitty

    In 2020, I think this song has become more relevant than ever. As we become more aware to the evils within the world, those evils have dug in their claws with intent to not be uprooted. This coming decade will be one of the most important in human history I imagine. I just hope it's for the right reasons.

  2. Sunn Sunn

    The Last Face, Charlize Theron & Javier Bardem

  3. jerste

    I think I saw you in Daryl's house


    Smiling and waving and looking so fine,

  4. Janes Blignaut

    I'm here from scrubs...

  5. Renz centino

    I just re-watch again house and i came back here again

  6. Antonio Gentile

    voce fantastica bellissima canzone

  7. G F

    First heard this song on MySpace from a gal I wanted to bang. Still tryin....

    Great song though

    travisbarrick

    Belly laughed. Thanks for that comment! :)

  8. Catherine Teague

    I don’t love his voice.

  9. lovelifetm

    Before ed sheeran there was this guy

  10. sunmanpatoo

    An Uber driver put me on to this song and told me to pay attention to the lyrics.
    HARÉ KṚṢṆA!

  11. ItsUpPant

    12/2019

  12. Robmills1967

    Heard this song at the end of a movie called Last Face. Great lyrics with powerful words. Just got it on iTunes. Great stuff Brett

  13. Sudário Sousa

    Amazing Song! Brazil 🇧🇷

  14. mike seely

    hey brett...thanks for this song ...it really speaks to me...wante to show you our thing
    acid tong listen now. hear later
    is a psychedelic bad trip but its just a departure from writing lyric songs
    thanks man for this. song it. makes me feel tough gritty and want. to shed tears all in one song.
    peace man keep it up

  15. Angelo Giberti

    Well done Brett

  16. hudson2861

    I saw this guy this summer at a festival and I was looking really forward to hearing him. He sucked.

  17. SV7 2100

    Houes md s3 e21

  18. MITHILESH K

    House MD ... Scrubs

  19. Oceane L

    Who else didn't come here from anything, and just has a good taste in music and enjoys it?

  20. Malibongwe Busakwe

    "You'll save more people than I will. But I'll settle for killing less. Consider this my two weeks' notice." Dr. Eric Foreman

    MISTER PERFECT

    "I hate that in order to be like you as a doctor, I have to be like you as a human being. I don't want to turn into you". 👊🏿

  21. old boehne

    Makes me lick my palms . He is a songwriter for fucking sure.

  22. Tiger Style

    Heard this joint years ago and I'm still confused by it lol "Ain't no reason" implies a severe lack of analysis as to why we live the way we do but then there are mad lines speaking to the ills of the world while never mentioning that the main culprits are capitalism, it's endless pursuit of expansion and profit at any and all costs and it's inherent, state-backed private property rights that are upheld with force to allow the many to suffer so a few at the top can lead lives of luxury while exploiting and pillaging the "3rd World" to keep the rest of us in "western capitalist liberal democracies" living in relative privilege and comfort. It's very confusing because there are many reasons why we live this way. Not "no reason". It's also not the "way it's always been". So all I can imagine is it's from the perspective of a historically and politically illiterate person who is finally starting to see the brutality and injustice that our way of life relies on and the horrific conditions we force on mal-developed nations to sustain it while still lacking any real analysis. Idk. 😂

  23. Alan Malcheski

    heard you're playing Drake park today, in Bend, on 101.7. That's awesome, congratulations. I like this town. It isn't too commercial. Keep on keeping it real.

    just got home from the concert.
    Thanks! Already Gone was my favorite.

  24. Jacob Steinwinder

    2019/2020

  25. Renz Centino

    Greg House

  26. Daveck2015 1983

    This song got a like cause I love Lucy M.

  27. Sudário Sousa

    Simplesmente perfeita! Traz uma paz sem igual. Thank you Brett, for you song!

  28. Brady Sutliff

    I heard this guy in a red lobster yesterday. By the voice i recalled it from conan years ago. I hate this voice now. 2019

  29. Knowledge Will Increase

    I can't tell, is this a girl or a guy?

  30. the Lorde

    to Laverne

  31. Why Not

    Why so few subs ?

  32. Steven P

    House MD vs. Scrubs ?

  33. The Weird Kid

    They played this song in my school yesterday

  34. Nalva Góes

    Brasil??

  35. Lucky Hands

    This guy didnt get the recognition he deserved imo

  36. l l

    Anyone in 2019?

  37. citizen erased

    The epitome of a pussy, self loathing white guy

    H H

    Got more money than you

    citizen erased

    @H H yeah maybe, if that's the rubric you use to grade success then you haven't scratched the surface of life.

    H H

    citizen erased you left a comment saying someone you never meet a self loathing pussy what does say about you ?

  38. andres birch

    bitches

  39. Karam Sheyab

    Good boy,
    House Md ❤

  40. Jared Yoder

    What a beautiful song

  41. Lycos V

    i have loved this song for a long long time now. As previous comments have presented, this song is like a prelude for passenger and red haired dude on game of thrones. But let face it, this might just be the worst music video ever created.

  42. Nathan Recio

    This song has very deep meaning God will sent me free i do believe amen

  43. Htet Naing Kyaw

    Lyrics

    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 of saints
    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 razor's 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 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 cold
    Suffocating slow
    The wind blows wild and I may move
    The politicians lie and I am not fooled
    You don't need no razor or a three piece suit
    To argue the truth
    They air on my skin in the world under my toes
    Slavery stitched to 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

  44. Tay Off The Top

    The Wind Blows Hard But I Am Not Moved. I Learned Who Tell Lies So I Am Not Fooled. Love Will Set Me Free. I Know It Will. I Believe There's A Reason To Wake Up Each Day. Don't Wanna Stay The Same? Then Make Your Change B/c I Do Believe. ✍

  45. Tay Off The Top

    2019↖🎧👑🎧↗

  46. Lucky Hands

    Why doesnt real music like this get the recognition it deserves. Its a shame really

  47. crappy firedog

    So nostalgic i remember listening to this on house m.d that was in 2007 when i was 9 year old ..time goes so fast its almost 2019 now and im 20 now

    Lisa Woods

    Breakfast every 15 minutes...make it Count. Stand up for someone, self, family, God, country-You do matter & You can make a difference. God bless you-ask for Wisdom-He freely gives it.

  48. morgan quinn

    Ben Howard is better

  49. Pradeep Saklani

    Either house brings you here or scrubs. Doctors have some good taste in music.

  50. Raoul Kahurwa

    Love this song

  51. Flora865

    Love will come set me free

  52. Fronando

    This takes me back to my high school days. The truth hurts 🤷‍♂️

  53. Lohitaksh Trehan

    House brought me here
    love ittt

  54. Leandro Mendes

    Brett I have a feeling your ultimate break is right now, keep coming out with new stuff and doing some live shows. Good luck! I just now found out about you, won't stop listening anytime soon.

  55. Keith M

    iM here beCause of cHer and sunNy bono's kid.. tHats iT right?

  56. Robert Caterina

    Wow I thought the voice alone was punchable. That face is a perfect fit to what i had in mind.

  57. Kasandra Annmarie

    I remember singing this song to the love of my life :'( still listening in 2018

  58. Luis Glez

    Gregory House!!

  59. andres birch

    dank is a trailer beacauase

  60. anima099

    House MD represent!

  61. Se_ bi

    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 of saints
    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 razor's 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 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 cold
    Suffocating slow

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

    They air on my skin in the world under my toes
    Slavery stitched to 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

  62. Ben Sliwa

    I thought I knew good music. Praise guys

  63. Mitch W

    Lookin ass muh fucka

  64. Mitch W

    Ed Sharon

  65. Talon10

    If you've never seen House MD......
    ...... Then you have missed one masterpiece of a tv show. Not to mention the BEST character ever created imo. But #2 ranked this century. Look it up.

  66. Try Anything

    Wow the guilt increases

  67. Carlos Fernando Vazquez Olvera

    WWWooooWWW!

  68. WollierCobra007 WollierCobra007

    Simpler and peacefull times

  69. TheKing0fHalo

    USA: We can’t afford universal healthcare for our citizens.

    USA: Drops millions worth of ordanance on foreign nations regularly, and gives billionaires massive tax cuts.

  70. Justine Wagan

    HOUSE MD SE3 E21 FAMILY

  71. Dease Name

    Found a mp3 payer at sally Ann filled with his old stuff. Miracle!, do what u can start where u are

  72. Bruinschuss

    I grew up and learned about the consequences of empire, and this song makes me cry every time I hear it.

  73. Faber Lambert

    this better then passenger, because he's the first guy who have beautiful voice since 2008

  74. Diane Messina

    Love your music the words are always so real. Thanks Brett❤

  75. Seraph909

    Never heard of him. Pretty kick ass.

  76. Jhon Elvis Miranda

    Héctor :'v

  77. WollierCobra007 WollierCobra007

    House S3 last episode... never gonna forget that serie and awesome musics it brought me into, also this is a fking amazing song that moves with your heart and mind, this one of the best simbols of good music

  78. realety17

    So is this a girl or boy

  79. Autumn Marie

    Daaannggggg this is from 10 years ago. And I just found Brett a couple of months ago. Wow.

  80. Brian Bradt

    i went to high school with this guy

  81. Alan Malcheski

    I've talked to a guy who's band got a vid on mtv2. He said they always try to change you for the big videos. Forget them. They've forgotten themselves already. We are always free. But people forget what that means.

  82. Steven Smith

    Absolutely beautiful song lyrics make so much sense thankyou ❤️

  83. zatranslate

    House and Scrubs!

    matt kaluza

    congrats!

  84. chadem311

    "There ain't no reason things are this way; it's how they always been and they intend to stay."

  85. Ms Maybe

    It's not lupus

  86. Rage Kage

    “Keep on building prisons going to fill them all, keep on building bombs going to drop them all.” Really moving and true.

  87. Leron Tolmachev

    I'm genuinely marveling at the irony I experienced when I came back to this video after all these years and felt like complaining about its 240p quality...

    There are bigger problems in the world than this wonderful video not being optimized for high definition screens.

  88. Megan Emmert

    Did Brett Dennen write this song?

  89. Collin Kinstley

    Any one else think he sounds like Tom Petty?

  90. Mina Caputo

    Gorgeous song.

  91. Padraig McCullagh

    Anyone else here in 2018 bc of laverne?

    Kris

    Padraig McCullagh yep

    Jay Perkins

    Yes. Scrubs marathon.

  92. Appy

    HOUSE MD FANS ANYONE!!

    Nicolo' Perrotta

    Appy house ❤❤

    Subhajit Maity

    Season 3 Episode 21 ♡♡♡

    New Chapter

    YUP...i come to hear this after I heard it on HOUSE MD

    Kunal Nayyar

    Yaayyy!!!

  93. secret perdue

    I think I was ten or eleven when I heard this song for the first time, at High Sierra Music Festival in Northern CA. I have always loved this red-headed hippie man who showed me it was okay to be myself and love things and people who weren't considered cool in the mainstream media. The holidays are rough and there are many nights I just sit and listen to sad music to try and make sense of it all.

  94. lgamble

    Last Face brought me here. I'm so glad it did. Thank you Brett.

  95. JT Kostman, PhD

    Brilliant! One of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I've ever heard - and as a poet, storyteller, and social commentator, Dennen transcends even Dylan.

  96. Gad Kakukuru

    The Last Face brought me here

  97. Naah Haan

    Good stuff! Great with "The Last Face."

  98. James W

    2nd smart phone I owned came with this and a couple other songs. This is the only one i remember and even then had to Google the verse on lemons as it was the only part I recalled. First time listening since 09. 👍