Song of the Day #4,160: ‘You Win Again’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s track is from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1990 album Shooting Straight in the Dark, the country artist’s third album and first to go platinum.

She followed this album with 1992’s Come On Come On, by far her most popular album, then the double platinum Stones in the Road in 1994.

In the 15 years since, she has released 10 albums, including a Christmas record and a collection of orchestral pieces. Most have performed well on the country charts even as her crossover appeal faded.

I think that’s a pretty great example of the kind of career any aspiring musician should crave. Carpenter isn’t a superstar but she has had decent commercial success and the opportunity to spend 30+ years writing and recording the music she wants to make.

[Verse 1]
I’m standing here freezing at a phone booth baby
In the middle of God knows where
I got one quarter left, your machine picks up
But baby I know you’re there
And I just start crying cause it makes no sense
To waste these words and twenty-five cents
On a losing game, baby you win again

[Verse 2]
I’ve been turning it over and over again
Like a stone I’m waiting to wish on
I have been holding my breath just wondering when
You’ll make some sort of decision
To let me in or to let me go
Ill always lose if I never know
Where I fit in, baby you win again

[Chorus]
I can’t be right if I’m always wrong
I can’t stand up if I’m always kneeling
At your altar or at your throne
You could show just a little feeling
For who I am, baby you win again

[Verse 3]
Last night I dreamed we were standing here
On the corner of a love and heartache
You jumped into your car, you found first gear
And baby I felt the earth shake
And I woke up trembling with my heart in my throat
Because there’s never a look, a word or a note
At the bitter end
Baby you win again

[Chorus]
I can’t be right if I’m always wrong
I can’t stand up if I’m always kneeling
At your altar or at your throne
You could show just a little feeling
For who I am, baby you win again

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,160: ‘You Win Again’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I haven’t kept up with Carpenter, but I do love those albums from the 90’s.

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