There are SO many songs that make me think of my wife: Luther’s “If This World Were Mine”; Teddy Pendergrass’s “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration” — which I actually used on one of our first dates to try to seduce her (LOL!), — and, of course, a bunch of songs by my favorite romantic R&B singer, Kem.
There is one song that makes me think about her more than any other: The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.”
I realize that there are a lot of opinions about what this song is about. I’ve given up trying to separate fact from fiction. What matters most to me are these lines:
“Can’t you see? Oh, can’t you see? What that woman, Lord, she been doin’ to me?”
Yesterday — during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, two bands — at two different locations were singing this song. And while I often think about my wife when I run, I have never sang during a run. Yesterday was a first. I’m pretty sure the runners next to me thought I was either crazy, or that I really loved that song. The truth is, I really love my wife — and I felt compelled to sing.
“Can’t you see …”by