The 6th! single from COCO, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her, became her highest charting song from the album, reaching number 2 on the Billboard charts. And. And, it was released nearly a year after Passionate Kisses.
My niece, the one who’s 22, remarked this past summer to me that this song is “the perfect song.” I never asked her what she meant by perfect but I think I know why. After 20 years later, the song is still one that gets people – okay, the female people -standing to dance when she sings it at her concerts. As American Bandstanders would say: It has a beat and you can dance to it.
But it’s not just the music that makes it the perfect song, it’s the lyrics. I mean, that’s the point of listening to MCC music – the lyrics. The words. The words then tell a story that we relate to in some way. Mary Chapin Carpenter has a way, a gift, to put her feelings into words. And with the words of HTHKH, it becomes a song that empowers the listener, usually female, perhaps a male to take that leap to do that one thing that is holding them back from living the life that they really want.
I would be misleading my reader if I did not tell you that the song was co-written by…a man. Not just any man but Don Schlitz, who wrote or co-wrote The Gambler, (You got to know when to hold ’em), Forever and Ever, Amen and When You Say Nothing at All. Don Schlitz who just last week was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Really, a perfect co-writer for a “perfect song.”
Over & Out,