Maybe It's Time

Album: A Star Is Born Soundtrack (2018)
Charted: 93


  • Jason Isbell wrote this spare consideration of just how hard it is to change your life for the better.

    I'm glad I can't go back to where I came from
    I'm glad those days are gone, gone for good

    The song was written by Isbell for the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Hard-worn change is a subject Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), the character who sings the song in the movie, knew well having spent time in rehab for a drink problem.
  • The song is also autobiographical to Isbell himself. The singer-songwriter, who played with the famously unruly Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers for six years, was persuaded by his future wife, singer-songwriter/fiddler Amanda Shires, to give up alcohol.

    "When I got sober, the initial steps that I took to get my life together, I did [them] because of my wife, Amanda, who was not my wife at time," he told Esquire regarding the inspiration he pulled from while writing "Time."

    "I soon realized that any sort of exterior motivation is not going to be enough, even if it's a person that you are completely in love with. You have to want that type of redemption for yourself to make it a reality."
  • Jason Isbell was asked to write a song that would to be the anchor of Jackson Maine's character in A Star is Born. After reading the screenplay he came up with "Maybe It's Time," which he sent to Bradley Cooper. The actor then recorded a demo of him singing the song and sent it to Isbell on his cell phone for his approval. Isbell admitted to Billboard that he was "terrified" as he feared having to tell the Hollywood star that it was rubbish and then request him to do better.

    Isbell received the demo just before embarking on a five hour flight. He he kept putting off listening to it until he was a good way through the journey. When he got off the plane, he texted back and told Cooper, "Man, it's really good - you did a great job and your voice is good! Thank you very much!" However Isbell didn't realize that the actor had been nervously staring at his phone for hours waiting for his response!


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining Victims

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.

Tanita Tikaram

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat WorldSongwriter Interviews

Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.

Waiting For The Break of Day: Three Classic Songs About All-Nighters

Waiting For The Break of Day: Three Classic Songs About All-NightersSong Writing

These Three famous songs actually describe how they were written - late into the evening.