This post was originally published in October 2018.

It’s a country-porch intro, with that single acoustic strum accompanied by violin. Later the cello, and then the mandolin, fill out the ambient chamber pop swirling behind this throaty rasp of a young heartbreaker.

Mary-Elaine Jenkins wastes no time in going straight for it:

“Nail the chairs down to the floor
do the kitchen table too
let the breeze come through the door
I’m finally alone with you”— Mary-Elaine Jenkins

Because where exactly is the line between asking and begging, if the game is love, and your heart is the money? Perhaps we have all had the occasion to demand: just hold still while I love you.

After all, tomorrow never comes.

Mary-Elaine Jenkins is a 13th-generation South Carolinian, and a gifted songwriter. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.