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Women Music March #11 — Lucinda Williams

Today will be a two-fer.  Interestingly I just discovered that the first song is not written by Williams but sung by her; whereas the second song was written by her but the cover by Mary Chapin Carpenter is the one that hit the charts.

Lucinda Gayle Williams (born January 26, 1953) is an American rock, folk and country music singer, songwriter and musician.

She recorded her first albums in 1978 and 1980 in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. In 1988, she released her self-titled album, Lucinda Williams. This release featured “Passionate Kisses,” a song later recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, which garnered Williams her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994.

Known for working slowly, Williams recorded and released only one other album in the next several years, Sweet Old World, in 1992. Her commercial breakthrough came in 1998 with Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album presenting a broader scope of songs that fused rock, blues, country and Americana into a distinctive style that remained consistent and commercial in sound. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which includes the Grammy nominated track “Can’t Let Go“, became Williams’ greatest commercial success to date. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and earned Williams a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while being universally acclaimed by critics. Williams released the critically acclaimed Essence three years later, and the album also became a commercial success. One of the album’s tracks, “Get Right with God,” earned Williams the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 2002.

Williams has released a string of albums since that have earned her more critical acclaim and commercial success. She has won 3 Grammy Awards, from 15 nominations, and received 2 Americana Awards, from 12 nominations. Additionally, Williams ranked No. 97 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll in 1998, she was named “America’s best songwriter” by Time magazine in 2002, and was chosen by Rolling Stone as the 79th greatest songwriter of all time.

 

 

Told my 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 pulls 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 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 pulls 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 pulls 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 pulls 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

It’s over I know it but I can’t let go
It’s over I know it but I can’t let go
It’s over I know it but I can’t let go
Songwriters: Philip M. Symonds / Jeff Lippencott / Mark Thomas Williams

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Passionate Kisses” is a song that was written and recorded by singer Lucinda Williams for her 1988 eponymous album. It was famously recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter for her 1992 album Come On Come On and released as the album’s third single.

 

 

 

Is it too much to ask?
I want a comfortable bed that won’t hurt my back
Food to fill me up
And warm clothes and all that stuff
Shouldn’t I have this?
Shouldn’t I have this?
Shouldn’t I have all of this, and

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses, whoa-oh-oh
Passionate kisses from you?

Is it too much to demand
I want a full house and a rock-‘n’-roll band
Pens that won’t run out of ink
And cool quiet and time to think
Shouldn’t I have this?
Shouldn’t I have this?
Shouldn’t I have all of this, and

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses, whoa-oh-oh
Passionate kisses from you?

Do I want too much?
Am I going overboard to want that touch?
I shout it out to the night
Give me what I deserve ’cause it’s my right
Shouldn’t I have this? (shouldn’t I?)
Shouldn’t I have this? (shouldn’t I?)
Shouldn’t I have all of this, and

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses, whoa-oh-oh
Passionate kisses from you?

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses, whoa-oh-oh
Passionate kisses from you?

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses from you?

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses from you?

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses from you?

Passionate kisses
Passionate kisses from you?
Songwriters: Lucinda Williams

 

 

20 thoughts on “Women Music March #11 — Lucinda Williams

  1. This is the first time that I listened to Lucinda Gayle Williams and I really like her rocking sound. I just read that Can’t Let Go was written by Philip M. Symonds, Jeff Lippencott, and Mark Thomas Williams. I have listened to Mary Chapin Carpenter and this is a fabulous song. Great music Li. I wrote a poem titled Passionate Kisses.
    Passionate kisses planted on your lips,
    Kiss me now, kiss me under the eclipse.
    Kisses filled with desire and lust,
    Your passionate kisses are a must.
    The world seems perfect when I am with you,
    Baby, the first moment that we met, I knew.
    The intensity of your kisses is almost too much,
    Sweetie, I long for your loving touch!
    Passionate kisses, cuddling and angels above,
    I like everything about you, give me your love.
    You are like a dream from my future,
    I’m so glad that you are a good smoocher.
    This is the right moment, there’s no turning back,
    When it comes to kissing, you really have a knack.
    The atmosphere is romantic and I am in the mood,
    I am not sure where this will go, I may even get nude.
    Passionate kisses I want from you.
    Give them to me, they are overdue.
    I received your signal that you want to kiss,
    Let’s do it now, so I can feel the bliss.
    I want your kisses to linger on my lips,
    As you slide your hands over my hips.
    Embrace me and run your fingers through my hair,
    Your kisses are driving me crazy, there is no compare.
    When I stand outside in the morning dew,
    I want to be passionately kissing you.

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        1. Good. If you write one a day from now until the first you’ll be halfway done. I’m done through “L” right now and hope to be finished by the first so I can concentrate on reading others’.

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      1. Well so far I’m figuring everything out eventually. Both daughters always full of suggestions. It would be easier if they could come in person but NYC is kind of under seine right now.

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        1. I know where I worked, the geeks that helped me could control my computer from a remote location. I think home computers today have that capacity. Ask your daughters if it is possible they can “take over” your computer and walk you through it. How bad is it in NYC? Around here the only things open are grocery stores, gas stations, and banks, and some restaurants offer take-out and food delivery.

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          1. It’s pretty quiet. The subway comes above ground outside my window and it’s mostly empty. The school playground below is eerily silent–an occasional basketball or skateboard. Everyone I know is working from home. We are allowed to go walking if we keep our distance–I’m only a block from Riverside Park–so I hope to get out tomorrow. Cold and rainy today. I still have food supplies, and the stores are delivering. We’ve all been exposed, I’m certain, if we were traveling around the city in the last month. Best to try to stem the tide. So far I’m restless but OK.

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