‘The Night’s Too Long’ is one of two songs on Lucinda Williams’ self-titled 1988 album to become hits for other artists.
Patty Loveless recorded this track for her 1990 album On Down the Line and put it on the country charts for 19 weeks.
Two years later, Mary Chapin Carpenter recorded ‘Passionate Kisses’ for the album Come On Come On and found success on not just the country chart, but Adult Contemporary and the Billboard Hot 100. That recording won Williams a songwriting Grammy for Best Country Song.
In 1996, Tom Petty covered another of this album’s tracks, ‘Changed the Locks,’ for his soundtrack to the movie She’s the One.
I wouldn’t be surprised if other songs on the record turned up as covers I haven’t yet heard. It’s a stellar collection.
She said “I’m moving away
I’m gonna get what I want
I’m tired of these small town boys
They don’t move fast enough
I’m gonna find me one who wears a leather jacket
And likes his living rough”
So she saved her tips and overtime
And bought an old rusty car
She sold most everything she had
To make a brand new start
She said, “I won’t be needing these
Silly dresses and nylon hose
Because when I get to where I’m going
I’m gonna buy me all new clothes”
The night’s too long
It just drags on and on
And then there’s never enough
That’s when the sun starts coming up
Don’t let go of her hand
You just might be the right man
She loves the night
She loves the night
She doesn’t want the night
Don’t want it to end
Well she works in an office now
And she guesses the pay’s alright
She can buy a few new things to wear
And still go out at night
And as soon as she gets home from work
She wants to be out with the crowd
Where she can dance and toss her head back
And laugh out loud
Well, the music’s playing fast
And they just met
He presses up against her
And his shirt’s all soaked with sweat
And with her back against the bar
She can listen to the band
And she’s holding a Corona
And it’s cold against her hand
You can hear Lucinda croak out this and other tunes at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on March 4, 2022.🤪
The Tortuga country music is on this weekend on Las Olas and the beach.