Contact Us

No. 85: Marshall Tucker Band, ‘Can’t You See’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs

Marshall Tucker Band
Capricorn Records

No doubt they drew inspiration from their Capricorn Records label mates the Allman Brothers, but the Marshall Tucker Band were more than simply a band in the right place at the right time.

Although Southern rock bands like themselves, the Allmans and Lynyrd Skynyrd were riding an undisputed high in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Marshall Tucker Band shied away from the rebel imaged embraced by Skynyrd (who we’ll see later on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list), choosing to forge their own route that was more about making unforgettable music than anything else.

Despite the fact that the song capably brought together southern rock and country-rock in a very laid-back kind of way, the lyrics of the track paint a much darker picture: “I’m gonna find me a hole in the wall / I’m gonna crawl inside and die / ‘Cause my lady now…Never told me goodbye”

This ain’t a love song in the traditional sense of the word. This is the story of a man running as far away as he can to begin the process of healing himself. Listening to the track, the heartache of the lyrics is reflected as optimistically as possible by guitarist Toy Caldwell, there is an overarching feeling of heartbreak and sadness understandably permeating the song.

Although the Marshall Tucker Band would only bring ‘Can’t You See’ to slot No. 75 on the Billboard charts in September 1977, the lack of the track being a bonafide, No. 1 hit did not deter artists including Kid Rock, Poison, Black Stone Cherry, and, appropriately enough, the Allman Brothers from covering the song.

Next Song: 49 Stands at 84

Skip to: No. 100 | No. 80 | No. 60 | No. 40 | No. 20

Watch the Marshall Tucker Band Perform ‘Can’t You See’

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!