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Lucinda Williams — Can't Let Go
Album: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:20
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Told you baby one more time
Don't make me sit all alone and cry
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

I'm like a fish out of water
A cat in a tree
You don't even want to talk to me
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

He won't take me back when I come around
Says he's sorry then he puts me out
I got a big chain around my neck
And I'm broken down like a train wreck
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

See I got a candle and it burns so bright
In my window every night
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

You don't like to see me standing around
Feel like I been shot and didn't fall down
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

He won't take me back when I come around
Says he's sorry then he puts me out
I got a big chain around my neck
And I'm broken down like a train wreck
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

Turn off trouble like you turn off a light
Went off and left me it just ain't right
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

Round every corner something I see
Bring me right back how it used to be
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

He won't take me back when I come around
Says he's sorry then he puts me out
I got a big chain around my neck
And I'm broken down like a train wreck
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go

He won't take me back when I come around
Says he's sorry then he puts me out
I got a big chain around my neck
And I'm broken down like a train wreck
Well it's over I know it but I can't let go

Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go
Well it's over - I know it - but I can't let go
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Divorce song ...another one ...ahhhhhhhh, the memories :):) 
Lucinda is now touring the 20th anniversary of this album.
Bridge is excellent. Nice slide work.
Top of the pops.
Excelent {#Bananapiano}
 Stingray wrote:

9

PS
Just fantasize about a night in bed with Chrissie Hynde and  Lucinda W.
Must be heaven - even without guitar - a fiddle would do!

And when "it's" over - I still won't let go!
Promise Chrissie. I swear, Lucinda!
 
 

Tacky.
Better every time I hear it.
 MojoJojo wrote:
We need a "PTA" (Play That Again) button for songs like this one!
 
Agree, wholeheartedly, but at "11".
 justin4kick wrote:

Hey, Ray I did some googling for you. Here's both of the ladies performing together. Be careful what you wish for, I would say.

 

 
That's a Mothers of Invention shirt with the cover from their first album. For that alone, I would enjoy the experience (for whatever implications one may draw I am not responsible)
album title conjures my childhood
This was my first exposure to Lucinda; it was on the KBCO Studio C collection from 2000... If you ever get a chance, go and see her!
played right after Dylan "everything is broken" during which I told my wife that i'd like to hear Lucinda's "everything is wrong" after "everything is broken".
it ain't the specific song I was looking for but Lucinda is cool.  Dylan too (well, he is on another level).
all good.
 Stingray wrote:

9

PS
Just fantasize about a night in bed with Chrissie Hynde and  Lucinda W.
Must be heaven - even without guitar - a fiddle would do!

And when "it's" over - I still won't let go!
Promise Chrissie. I swear, Lucinda!
 

 
Hey, Ray I did some googling for you. Here's both of the ladies performing together. Be careful what you wish for, I would say.

 
She is so great in concert and when she lets the band take off, hold on to your chair or some fixed object.
damn girl you are GOOD  : )
 zeod wrote:
Sound like KT Tunstall (for exemple : Big black horse and a cherry tree..)

 
Well, this is a traditional, "roots music" kind of tune - so it I guess it could sound like a lot of other artists.  Their voices are similar though but this album was released several years before K.T. Tunstall had released any recordings.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Get Lucinda to persuade Kathleen Edwards to get out of the coffee shop and they tour together this Summer in small outdoor and indoor venues.  Lucinda gets Bo Ramsey to tour a play slide. 

They get Trucks and Tedeshi to join them for a few dates.

This would be a reason to go on the road for week or so.     

 

{#Clap} Great idea!  Sign me up!
 idiot_wind wrote:
Get Lucinda to persuade Kathleen Edwards to get out of the coffee shop and they tour together this Summer in small outdoor and indoor venues.  Lucinda gets Bo Ramsey to tour a play slide. 

They get Trucks and Tedeshi to join them for a few dates.

This would be a reason to go on the road for week or so.     

 
Wow, wouldn't that be fantastic!
Get Lucinda to persuade Kathleen Edwards to get out of the coffee shop and they tour together this Summer in small outdoor and indoor venues.  Lucinda gets Bo Ramsey to tour a play slide. 

They get Trucks and Tedeshi to join them for a few dates.

This would be a reason to go on the road for week or so.     
The song that me a fan of LW. A good song for driving fast.
Cranking it up! {#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Motor}
My favorite musician from my old home town.
Really looking forward to seeing Lucinda perform this one at HSB14!
 

9

PS
Just fantasize about a night in bed with Chrissie Hynde and  Lucinda W.
Must be heaven - even without guitar - a fiddle would do!

And when "it's" over - I still won't let go!
Promise Chrissie. I swear, Lucinda!
 
 zeod wrote:
Sound like KT Tunstall (for exemple : Big black horse and a cherry tree..)

 
You mean KT sounds like her. 
{#Dancingbanana}
Great song from a fantastic album. Lucinda didn't write this one (Randy Weeks did), but the rest of the album is full of great LW tunes. As far as I'm concerned, this was the pinnacle for her (at least considering what I've heard since).
my favorite Lucinda tune!!
 zeod wrote:
Sound like KT Tunstall (for exemple : Big black horse and a cherry tree..)

 
{#Wave}.... yes, I thought it was KT which I suppose could be classed as a compliment :))
Sound like KT Tunstall (for exemple : Big black horse and a cherry tree..)
One of the best albums of 1998.
 oldfart48 wrote:


only brain dead folks allow bore dumb......

 
Good point...err, what?
This is a funny song, and entertaining.  Never heard it before, but the notes say it's from 1998.  So much music out there.
dance break!
Play more of Lucinda! Especially if she has Bo Ramsey playing slide. 


Her album "Essense" will make parts of your body move in strange and fascinating ways. Ooooh...gotta keep it PG13.  
Bonnie Raitt, is that you?
I love Lucinda, but every time I hear this I think of Bonnie.
I normally can not stand her voice/intonation/articulation (although I think she's an amazing songwriter); however, I dig this song in a big way! {#Motor}
saucy
luce rocks.....{#Dancingbanana}
So sooo bored of this.
Nice!
Mr. Bill is in a slide-guitar mood. Sonny Landreth next?
 mkelly685 wrote:
{#Bananapiano} Love it, had me jamming!

 

likewise.sir     {#Bananajam}
#7 on the album. Always loved it.
{#Bananapiano} Love it, had me jamming!
Love this!
Had this on the old KBCO Studio C 2000 collection on CD...lucky to have seen her do it live at Boulder Theater a few years back, too.  Nothing like seeing this smokin' thing done on stage in front of you with a multi-layer Rocky Mountain Way buzz on! ~Go Lucinda!
After more hearing I have bumped this to 9

Love it 
nother reason why AUSTIN ROCKS!!!!{#Propeller}
 gemtag wrote:
She sounds very nice. 
 
Like....."take her home to meet your parents" nice?  Um...don't think so.
We need a "PTA" (Play That Again) button for songs like this one!

 
 wrangler wrote:
play that slide baby {#Cowboy}
 

LOVE that slide!!!!!!!!!!!
play that slide baby {#Cowboy}
For me the sets don't get much better than this—thanks Bill, for knowing what we need when we need it.

Electric Light Orchestra — Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Berry — You Never Can Tell
Derek and the Dominoes — Key To The Highway
Lucinda Williams — Can't Let Go


{#Notworthy}    {#Notworthy}    {#Notworthy}    {#Notworthy}   
lemmee see, Bob the drone or Lucinda .........easy choice.
i LOVE this. and i don't like many female artists. she rocks the plastic.

Lucinda is always a 9 - no matter what (song).

Luci rocks!!


 jim1964 wrote:
.....completely excellent album.
 
Totally agree.
.....completely excellent album.
Great Album!  Bill you should play some tracks from her most recent CD, Blessed.
 zenhead wrote:
never really liked her, she seems to sound like she's about to nod off most of the time, so i, for one, like the up tempo. almost thought it was bonnie raitt at first.
 
I totally agree with this comment.
Huh.  She sounds sober in this one.
Are there two songs playing on top of each other (Lucinda in a round?)? Or is that my office's sound system going berserk again?

Either way, I usually like this song!
She's crazy. I like crazy. A lot.
She sounds very nice. 
 Baketown wrote:


Makes me wonder what year  this station got started?
 
Well, iTunes came out early 2001 and RP was listed as one of the radio stations (I think) from the outset. At that point you could listen but there was no registration to the site - that came in Late November/December 2001. 

But you can find the earliest public version here. . . I am going to guess that RP became live March 2000.


wicked!
Luci, 
You got some 'splanin' to do! 
 Baketown wrote:


Makes me wonder what year  this station got started?
 
Many moons ago
I remember I found it one day searching on Live365 or Shoutcast 
But I remember I was using  OS9 on a Powerbook and Soundjam (eventually Apple bought it and iTunes was the result)
or maybe MacCast 
Been here ever since
Hey Bill would you mind dusting under me once in awhile? 

 jeremyleo wrote:
Wow - the first comment on this tune was almost 10 years ago.  I still remember how exciting internet radio was to me back then - seems like only yesterday - now I can't imagine a world without internet radio.

This tune was my intro to Lucinda on KPIG streaming over the interweb.  Hooked then and still hooked now!
 

Makes me wonder what year  this station got started?
She's just great.
Wow - the first comment on this tune was almost 10 years ago.  I still remember how exciting internet radio was to me back then - seems like only yesterday - now I can't imagine a world without internet radio.

This tune was my intro to Lucinda on KPIG streaming over the interweb.  Hooked then and still hooked now!
The way the resonator brightens the vocal dynamic increase in the chorus is magical. Painting with sound.

Great song and album.  LW is such a perfectionist — I've seen her a few times and every time she started at least two songs over ... and another great segue from Feat's Willin' to this.  RP is masterful.

 Businessgypsy wrote:

Thought provoking comment - what is South? To me growing up, anybody north of I-10 was a Yankee. I always thought certain Georgia accents were a put-on, until experience proved otherwise.

As a Lake Charles, Louisiana area girl her amalgam of Texas brogue, Cajun French,  backwoods slur and coastal patois seems very natural to my ear. That area, defined by the Sabine river estuary, is historically famous as a no man's land between the US and the Republic of Texas. Equivalent to the DMZ, the locals had their own law, customs and speech patterns.

I've read comments labeling Lucinda's voice as a "drunken whore" act (even from an Austin RP poster) - but my aunts and cousins would have your skin if you were to say that in their presence. Lucinda has spent a lot of time in Nashville and Austin (among other places), but the heel of the boot of Louisiana left a stamp on her voice that makes her one of the most emotive and genuine representatives of the altcountry genre (a label she would probably dismiss).

Restricted to only one recording, I'd choose Car Wheels on an Gravel Road as the collection that would carry me through. Your results may vary.


 
Good comment.  Is 'South' geographic or cultural? Is Texas in the 'South'?  Is Louisiana 'American'?  Lucinda has always sounded like the classic Houston-area Cajun refugee - an accent as integral to the global petroleum DMZ as the Scottish, Nigerian, Iranian, Albertan, Venezuelan, New Jersey - don't ask, don't tell - broken-hearted, hunted and haunted citizens of this anti-metropolis.  Yea, she spent time here.

As for accents - Austin - think Owen Wilson; Nashville - think Dolly Parton (or Chet Atkins, playing now).  Lucinda - think Houston dive-bar...

Don't care 'bout genre    good is just good    'specially this
 AndyJ wrote:
Southern hasn't been Southern since Country and Western merged to become C&W... ask your Grampa...
A good song, good artist and good performance is always -GOOD-... enjoy the ride... Dump the classifications and go with what sounds good to you... You'll be surprised at what music you enjoy and how many artists you never heard of before... But somebody did and ...
That's what makes RP such a great offering...
 
They sound like railroads.
LOVE YOU - LUCINDA!
 AndyJ wrote:
Southern hasn't been Southern since Country and Western merged to become C&W... ask your Grampa...
A good song, good artist and good performance is always -GOOD-... enjoy the ride... Dump the classifications and go with what sounds good to you... You'll be surprised at what music you enjoy and how many artists you never heard of before... But somebody did and ...
That's what makes RP such a great offering...
 

Andy listen to Lucinda's album "West," she actually managed to pull the Western back out and MAN is that one emeffin' great disc.
 pinto wrote:
 Businessgypsy wrote:

Thought provoking comment - what is South? To me growing up, anybody north of I-10 was a Yankee. I always thought certain Georgia accents were a put-on, until experience proved otherwise.

As a Lake Charles, Louisiana area girl her amalgam of Texas brogue, Cajun French,  backwoods slur and coastal patois seems very natural to my ear. That area, defined by the Sabine river estuary, is historically famous as a no man's land between the US and the Republic of Texas. Equivalent to the DMZ, the locals had their own law, customs and speech patterns.

I've read comments labeling Lucinda's voice as a "drunken whore" act (even from an Austin RP poster) - but my aunts and cousins would have your skin if you were to say that in their presence. Lucinda has spent a lot of time in Nashville and Austin (among other places), but the heel of the boot of Louisiana left a stamp on her voice that makes her one of the most emotive and genuine representatives of the altcountry genre (a label she would probably dismiss).

Restricted to only one recording, I'd choose Car Wheels on an Gravel Road as the collection that would carry me through. Your results may vary.


Somehow after reading all of that I get the feeling that there's going to be a final exam covering this material.  Guess I'd better go hit the books...
 
If "hit the books" means "listen to a whole bunch of Lucinda Williams" hold on, I'll get a couple bottles of rye whiskey and be right over.

headphones!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Not sure I'd go as far as "genius" but she's got some pretty tasty tunes!
 

No she's fricking amazing. Mick Jagger kicks himself in the ass every morning that he can't riff like this woman here. The only musicians with this much brain on line are dorks with taped glasses like Mark Mothersbaugh and Al Yankovic.
This song's almost over but i can't let go!
 tralala1980 wrote:
She's a genius, especially in this song.
 
Not sure I'd go as far as "genius" but she's got some pretty tasty tunes!
pinto wrote:
Somehow after reading all of that I get the feeling that there's going to be a final exam covering this material. Guess I'd better go hit the books...
The answer is "C".

 Businessgypsy wrote:

Thought provoking comment - what is South? To me growing up, anybody north of I-10 was a Yankee. I always thought certain Georgia accents were a put-on, until experience proved otherwise.

As a Lake Charles, Louisiana area girl her amalgam of Texas brogue, Cajun French,  backwoods slur and coastal patois seems very natural to my ear. That area, defined by the Sabine river estuary, is historically famous as a no man's land between the US and the Republic of Texas. Equivalent to the DMZ, the locals had their own law, customs and speech patterns.

I've read comments labeling Lucinda's voice as a "drunken whore" act (even from an Austin RP poster) - but my aunts and cousins would have your skin if you were to say that in their presence. Lucinda has spent a lot of time in Nashville and Austin (among other places), but the heel of the boot of Louisiana left a stamp on her voice that makes her one of the most emotive and genuine representatives of the altcountry genre (a label she would probably dismiss).

Restricted to only one recording, I'd choose Car Wheels on an Gravel Road as the collection that would carry me through. Your results may vary.


Somehow after reading all of that I get the feeling that there's going to be a final exam covering this material.  Guess I'd better go hit the books...
jackie0 wrote:
I'm southern to the core, and love southern music when it's real, but to my ear she's working the angle,
which puts it somewhere between cloying and irritating.

Thought provoking comment - what is South? To me growing up, anybody north of I-10 was a Yankee. I always thought certain Georgia accents were a put-on, until experience proved otherwise.

As a Lake Charles, Louisiana area girl her amalgam of Texas brogue, Cajun French,  backwoods slur and coastal patois seems very natural to my ear. That area, defined by the Sabine river estuary, is historically famous as a no man's land between the US and the Republic of Texas. Equivalent to the DMZ, the locals had their own law, customs and speech patterns.

I've read comments labeling Lucinda's voice as a "drunken whore" act (even from an Austin RP poster) - but my aunts and cousins would have your skin if you were to say that in their presence. Lucinda has spent a lot of time in Nashville and Austin (among other places), but the heel of the boot of Louisiana left a stamp on her voice that makes her one of the most emotive and genuine representatives of the altcountry genre (a label she would probably dismiss).

Restricted to only one recording, I'd choose Car Wheels on an Gravel Road as the collection that would carry me through. Your results may vary.


She's a genius, especially in this song.
never really liked her, she seems to sound like she's about to nod off most of the time, so i, for one, like the up tempo. almost thought it was bonnie raitt at first.
Southern hasn't been Southern since Country and Western merged to become C&W... ask your Grampa...
A good song, good artist and good performance is always -GOOD-... enjoy the ride... Dump the classifications and go with what sounds good to you... You'll be surprised at what music you enjoy and how many artists you never heard of before... But somebody did and ...
That's what makes RP such a great offering...
I'm southern to the core, and love southern music when it's real, but to my ear she's working the angle,
which puts it somewhere between cloying and irritating.   
Prefer here slow stuff, she seems to lose any feeling when she speeds up a bit, and yes, the slide guitar is quite annoying..
 You must be like negative fun. Don't get me wrong, I love Queen and Gabriel, but this song definitely has things moving.

crockydile wrote:

Uh, sure. I grew up on Queen and Peter Gabriel. {#Snooty} I find this repetitive and annoying.

 


Written by a great songwriter named Randy Weeks.  He made his debut appearance at Steelbridge Songfest this year in Wisconsin.  James Mcmurtry headlined - great f—-ing festival - kind of like the kerrville of the north - Thanks Randy for this tune!!

Oh-boy when she is good...she feel great!!!
It's been ages since I've heard "Right In Time," Bill - could you maybe put it into a set and play it sometime?  Thanks!
 unclehud wrote:
 crockydile wrote:
Hey Lucinda, great song...but is there somebody else onstage that can sing? Please...{#Pray}

Come on, brother!  A southern boy like you should think this woman's voice is straight from heaven!  I certainly do. 

Miss Williams, I can help you let go ....
 
Uh, sure. I grew up on Queen and Peter Gabriel. {#Snooty} I find this repetitive and annoying.

 tompoll wrote:
I just can't handle the slide geet playing the exact same lick every time the tagline is repeated. The tag comes up so much that the slide gets really irritating for me.
 
maybe your speakers can't handle it.

I just can't handle the slide geet playing essentially the same lick every time the tagline is repeated. The tag comes up so much that the slide gets really irritating for me.

really great tune - I wish she toured more.
Never, never-ever heard such a super-sexy voice!
Lucinda, to me, is just 17!
 Mickb wrote:
Lucinda is way cool! Great song writer. Big Heart, Big Soul.  Not as soulful and transcendent as "Car Wheels on a gravel Road," but it'll do!
 
The other way around for me, This track is pretty good, but Car Wheels makes me scramble for the Next button.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
If I had to pick only five CDs for a cross continental drive, this would have to be one.
 
I drink to that!

Proof that Rockin Blues is not an oxymoron
If I had to pick only five CDs for a cross continental drive, this would have to be one.

The song title is misspelled - it should be "Caint let go"

Ahhhh....back before she lost her voice.......this album and Sweet Old World are her best work (writing, singing, melody....all)
{#Bananajam}
 Susan_Ssun wrote:
Absolutely Love this tune!!!
 



... one of the best blueswomen since Janis Joplin. Sometimes, I think Lucinda Williams *is* the best.
Absolutely Love this tune!!!
Love this album. Love Lucinda. {#Hearteyes}
Aw I can relate......been there.  So I kissed the other guy, but I
was drunk!

Smokin' ....................... Bubba!
wooo I love this music - it grooves
one of my dreams, being in a gig with this kind of music and dance until dawn
Just posted this on the Chris Isaak song played last:

"Oooh - an achingly good set here - Pumpkins, Dave Matthews, ELO, Zep and now Chris Isaak.

Individually they are good to great, but to hear them played back to back, unexpectedly, is a fine distraction.

Rating goes to 8; speakers go to 11..."

 

Some sustained musical fabulousness here. Speakers sadly won't go past 11 :(

 


 stkman wrote:

You are thinkin' of Blaze Foley instead of Townes tho Townes was a good friend of his, Iput him up on my couch a couple nights, as other people did, when he had no place to go, a man who never really "made it" but amongst his peers was deeply appreciated. Loved hearing him sing "If I Could Only Fly" a song that the "Hag" was going to record and finally did, not sure if it came out before Blaze died.
 
By God, you're right! Thanks for the correction. Merle put that song out in 2000, and Blaze died back in '89. Yeah, I know: where does the time go?

Ol' Gurf Morlix (God, I love that name!) sings a song about Blaze, too, called "(Think About) The Music You Mighta Made". Here's a great video of him singing it. Pax vobiscum.

 crockydile wrote:
Hey Lucinda, great song...but is there somebody else onstage that can sing? Please...{#Pray}

Come on, brother!  A southern boy like you should think this woman's voice is straight from heaven!  I certainly do. 

Miss Williams, I can help you let go ....
 crockydile wrote:
Hey Lucinda, great song...but is there somebody else onstage that can sing? Please...{#Pray}
 
Quite possibly, usually one or two members of the band sing on the chorus. Why do you ask? Are you forming a barbershop quartet? {#Stupid}

Hey Lucinda, great song...but is there somebody else onstage that can sing? Please...{#Pray}