Following ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt, we are exploring the polar opposite of love with this wonderful Drive-By Truckers song from the ‘Decoration Day‘ album. This is Patterson Hood’s lament for an escaped love. Lyrically straightforward and heartfelt. We’ve all been there, recognising our own faults as a relationship crumbles though perhaps not as intensely as Patterson! The funeral pace and Isbell’s squealing bottleneck guitar adding menace to the heartache filling it with a doomed damnation. This is a deep deep cut and all the better for it though it definitely represents a particular time in the Truckers development.
“And I know your daddy hates meI know I probably hate me too But I also know you don’t hate me Even though you probably like to and ought to “