Song of the Day #1,583: ‘Detours’ – Sheryl Crow

I can’t decide what I think of Sheryl Crow. At one point I really liked her music — particularly the Globe Sessions album, which I find strong start to finish — but later I soured on her.

I sometimes detect something inauthentic and sterile in her music, a safeness and blandness that turns me off. But at other times I buy her as the rootsy rock babe she’s always tried to be.

I definitely took her side in the whole Lance Armstrong break-up. I’ve never liked that guy, and boy did I feel vindicated when his legend came crashing around him earlier this year. Sheryl and I knew first.

I also like Crow’s contribution to the Cars soundtrack — ‘Real Gone’ — which I must have heard 500 times when my oldest daughter was in pre-K.

Today’s song is basically new to me. I bought the 2008 album Detours, billed as a return to form, and was promptly bored to tears by it. But the title track is rather lovely. Maybe I should give that record another chance.

Mother, can you hold me together
It’s so dark and I’m losing my way
I took all of these detours to find love
But when I did, it just faded away

Now what do I do
With the sweet love of mine
Do I give it away and
Hope someday I’ll find
Someone half as awake
As the moon and the stars
Mother, teach me to love
With a paper-thin heart

Mother, your words are so healing
You speak of love and of light and of peace
But I’ve made it my course to avoid you
Just to hide from these feelings of grief

Now what do I do
With the sweet love of mine
Do I give it away and
Hope someday I’ll find
Someone half as awake
As the moon and the stars
Mother, teach me to love
With a paper-thin heart

Now what do I do
With the sweet love of mine
Do I give it away and
Hope someday I’ll find
Someone half as awake
As the moon and the stars
Mother, teach me to love
With a paper-thin heart

Mother, I know you are with me
You were there when I took my first breath
I can’t stop looking back for the answers
I just keep coming up with regret
There are some things I just can’t forget

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,583: ‘Detours’ – Sheryl Crow

  1. Dana says:

    I kinda know how you feel about Crow. I really liked her debut album, Tuesday Morning Music Sessions! But lost interest after that. I have liked some of what I heard on Globe Sessions, but found her big hit “Soak up the Sun” rather annoying,

    Today’s song is nice, but nothing memorable.

  2. Shawn says:

    You had me at “I can’t decide.” I’ve felt the same way about Crow, over the years finding myself wanting to be into her music, but not able to make the leap. She certainly comes off as having some roots cred (connections to Dylan, Willie, etc.), yet I’ve never seen the Lucinda Williams’ influenced album I was expecting. She is ultimately drawn to the pop world and has the body and face to pull it off. When will Rick Rubin get to this woman and underproduce her for the sake of history?

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    Funny, I have not experienced Sheryl Crow until just recently via Coffee House on Sirius and have been delighted with her “Soak up the Sun” and other songs. Every time I look for the artist of what I am really enjoying, it is often Crow. The station is all acoustic versions of songs. This song leaves me completely flat though.

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