For Everyman


Song Lyrics

For inwardly panoramic songwriting of an apocalyptic bent, Jackson Browne's second album is rivaled only by his first (the second one wins), and Jackson himself is rivaled by nobody. Brilliantly conceived, imcoparably immediate, For Everyman truly earns its title. (RS 148)

Janet Maslin, Rolling Stone, November 22, 1973

The title track of Jackson Browne's second album, For Everyman, was a response to the escapist vision of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Wooden Ships. As violence, fear and paranoia overtook Sixties utopianism, Wooden Ships imagined a kind of hipster exodus by sea from a straight world teetering on the edge of apocalypse.
Browne wasn't giving up so easily. Browne sings in his characteristic long, fluid lines: "Everybody I talk to is ready to leave with the light of the morning/They've seen the end coming down long enough to believe that they've heard their last warming.../But all my fine dreams, well-thought-out schemes to gain the motherland/Have all eventually come down to waiting for everyman." Deliverance must come for everyone, Browne insisted, not just hippie troubadours.
Browne is still searching for his true voice on For Everyman. He was testing his various talents with obvious joy, because, like his audience, he was just discovering them. (RS 818)

Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, 2000