Song of the Day #4,489: ‘Not Too Much To Ask’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s song is the second single from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1992 album Come On Come On. ‘Not Too Much To Ask’ is one of seven tracks from the album to reach the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart (it peaked at #15).

Four of those cuts made it to the top five, helping make this the best-selling album of the country singer-songwriter’s career.

This track is a duet with country singer Joe Diffie, a name that seemed familiar to me but I wasn’t quite able to place.

When I searched the blog, I realized why I knew his name. I wrote about him earlier this year during a series of posts about musical artists killed by COVID-19. Diffie died in March at 61.

[Verse: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joe Diffie]
To hear you say my name, to see you search my eyes
To feel you touch my hand, it more than satisfies
If I was not the first, just say I’ll be the last
It’s too much to expect, but it’s not too much to ask

[Chorus: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Joe Diffie]
Now I can only dream of being all you need
And I can only try to be the reason why
You think about today and forget about the past
It’s too much to expect, but it’s not too much to ask

[Chorus: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Joe Diffie]
Now I can only dream of being all you need
And I can only try to be the reason why
You think about today, ’cause the past is just the past
It’s too much to expect, but it doesn’t hurt to ask
It’s too much to expect, but it’s not too much to ask

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,489: ‘Not Too Much To Ask’ – Mary Chapin Carpenter

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    That’s so sad, and particularly poignant given that Carpenter has made several home videos this year for her fans to hear her music during these Covid times.

    I did some searching this morning to see what Carpenter posted about Diffie’s death. I would have thought she would play this song in tribute, but she didn’t. She did, however, talk about him and John Prine (who was sick but not yet dead), in this video:

  2. Peg says:

    Very sad 😢 and some people still believe it’s a hoax and refuse to wear masks.

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