Song of the Day #2,508: ‘Pantry (Acoustic Version)’ – Lyle Lovett

naturalforcesEvery several months a Lyle Lovett song pops up on Random Weekends, and every several months I bemoan the fact that the man hasn’t put out an album worthy of his talents in nearly two decades.

The Road to Ensenada, Lovett’s best album, came out in 1996. In the 19 years since, he’s put out five studio albums, three of which consisted mostly of covers. The other two were pale imitations of the great albums he released during the first decade of his career.

But I don’t want to spend today’s post going negative about one of the great songwriters and performers of our time (or at least, of the mid 80s to mid 90s).

Instead I’ll just present one of those cover songs from one of those lazy albums and enjoy Lovett’s vocals and his band’s instrumentation, which through it all have remained stellar.

My dear I have something to ask you
And I’ll try to get it right
You’ve heard the Light Crust Doughboys
All sing of Martha White
Oh the way to someones heart dear
That old expressions true
So as long as were apart
Heres my request of you:

Don’t cheat on me with cornbread,
Don’t cheat on me with beans
And don’t cheat on me with bacon
cooked up with collard greens
Don’t cheat on me with biscuits
With jelly sweet and blue
Keep it in that place where
You know you will be true

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

I hate that I am leaving
And leaving you behind
But soon I’ll be returning
With a healthy appetite
Oh and if you are not hungry
as you once were before
I’ll know you have betrayed me
behind that kitchen door

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

I’ve dined the whole world over
I’ve had the fries of France
The melons of Verona
The sausage of Gdansk
No matter where Ive been to,
From Houston down to Rome
Nothin’s quite as tasty as whats cookin’ right at home

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,508: ‘Pantry (Acoustic Version)’ – Lyle Lovett

  1. Dana says:

    We’ve heard this song in concert and it seems to be a favorite on Pandora. I didn’t really know it was a cover as it has Lyle’s humor and sensibility. Guess that’s why he covered it.

    I too bemoan the lack of originals from Lyle, though the title track to Natural Forces is a very good song. I remain hopeful that Lyle still has an album of great originals in him.

  2. planorobots says:

    This song is not a cover.

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