About the song

Absolutely, let’s delve into the world of Southern Rock with The Marshall Tucker Band’s iconic track, “Heard It In A Love Song” (1977).

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Hailing from Spartanburg, South Carolina, The Marshall Tucker Band emerged in the early 1970s, becoming a cornerstone of the burgeoning Southern rock scene. Fusing elements of blues, country, and jazz with a powerful rock foundation, their music embodied a spirit of Southern hospitality and a touch of outlaw swagger.

“Heard It In A Love Song” arrived in 1977 on the band’s critically acclaimed album, Carolina Dreams. This period marked a commercial peak for The Marshall Tucker Band, with Carolina Dreams reaching platinum status and the band headlining sold-out stadiums across the country. “Heard It In A Love Song” wasn’t the flashiest or most aggressive track on the album, but it resonated with audiences for its relatable narrative and infectious Southern rock groove.

The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar figure, setting a laid-back, introspective mood. Lead singer Toy Caldwell’s soulful vocals soon take center stage, weaving a tale of a man disillusioned by love. “Heard It In A Love Song” explores the disconnect between the idealized portrayals of love in popular culture and the messy realities of human relationships. The lyrics paint a picture of a world where love songs promise forever, but real-life romances often fall short of those grand expectations.

“Heard It In A A Love Song” isn’t a bitter or cynical track, however. There’s a touch of humor in Caldwell’s delivery, particularly when he describes the unrealistic scenarios depicted in love songs – “never have to cry again” and “problems all disappear.” The song acknowledges the sting of heartbreak, but also finds a touch of wry amusement in the power of those saccharine melodies to shape our expectations.

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Beyond the lyrical themes, “Heard It In A Love Song” showcases the strengths of The Marshall Tucker Band’s musical identity. The interplay between the acoustic and electric guitars, courtesy of Toy Caldwell and Tommy Caldwell respectively, creates a warm and textured sound. The rhythm section, anchored by bassist Burton Cummings and drummer Paul Riddle, lays down a groove that’s both steady and soulful. And don’t forget the signature flute work of Jerry Eubanks, which adds a layer of distinctiveness and Southern charm to the song’s overall tapestry.

“Heard It In A Love Song” may not be The Marshall Tucker Band’s most well-known song, but it remains a fan favorite and a testament to their ability to craft relatable narratives and infectious grooves. It’s a song that speaks to the universal experience of love and heartbreak, delivered with a touch of Southern charm and a healthy dose of musical swagger. So, put on your dancing shoes, crank up the volume, and prepare to be transported back to the golden age of Southern rock with The Marshall Tucker Band’s timeless classic, “Heard It In A Love Song” (1977).

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Lyrics

“Heard It In A Love Song”

I ain’t never been with a woman long enough
For my boots to get old
We’ve been together so long now
They both need resoled

If I ever settle down
You’d be my kind
And it’s a good time for me
To head on down the line

Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Can’t be wrong

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I’m the kinda man likes to get his way
Like to start dreaming ’bout
Tomorrow, today
Never said that I love you
Even though it’s so
Where’s that duffel bag of mine
It’s time to go

Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Can’t be wrong

I’m gonna be leavin’
At the break of dawn
Wish you could come
But I don’t need no woman taggin’ along
Don’t sneak out that door
Couldn’t stand to see you cry
I’d stay another year if I saw a teardrop in your eye

Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Can’t be wrong

I never had a damn thing, but what I had
I had to leave it behind
You’re the hardest thing
I ever tried to get off my mind
Always something greener on the other side of that hill
I was born a wrangler and a rambler
And I guess I always will

Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Can’t be wrong