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Mary-Chapin Carpenter


Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a highly successful country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. According to Songfacts, Carpenter had a fairly privileged upper middle class upbringing. Her father was at least partly responsible for her embarking on a musical career. The song "House of Cards" was inspired by the divorce of her parents when she was sixteen.

One of her most widely known singles is "Passionate Kisses" (written by fellow singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams), a song with a rock flavor musically and lyrics listing simple desires such as "a comfortable bed", "food to fill me up", and "time to think". Another big hit was "Down at the Twist and Shout", which she performed in January 1997 at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.

A number of Mary Chapin Carpenter's songs speak to women, urging them on through hard times or troubled relationships. In "He Thinks He'll Keep Her", co-composed by Carpenter and Don Schlitz, the singer makes the case for strength and self-respect. Another common theme in her music is that of taking life at your own pace, rather than rampant goal-driven materialism, such as "The Long Way Home" from her 2001 album Time*Sex*Love, which pokes fun at a man who "retire(s) at thirty to his big-ass house next to the putting green." The album has a relatively different feel musically, incorporating elaborate orchestra melodies, but with her characteristic lyrical depth.

Her album Between Here and Gone, was released in 2004.

Carpenter's most recent album, The Calling, released on March 6, 2007 by Rounder Records' rock/pop imprint Zoë, features commentary about contemporary politics, a reaction to the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a track entitled "Houston," and an incendiary track entitled "On with the Song", dedicated to the Dixie Chicks, and addressing the visceral reaction to the trio.

In less than three months after its release, The Calling sold more than 100,000 copies in the US.

Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards: Best Female Country Vocal Performance for 1991 through 1994, and also Best Country Album for 1994.



Song lyric Passionate Kisses PASSIONATE KISSES Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Passionate Kisses PASSIONATE KISSES Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric He Thinks He'll Keep Her HE THINKS HE'LL KEEP HER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Feel Lucky I FEEL LUCKY Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Feel Lucky I FEEL LUCKY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Shut Up And Kiss Me SHUT UP AND KISS ME Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Down At The Twist And Shout DOWN AT THE TWIST AND SHOUT Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Take My Chances I TAKE MY CHANCES Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Take My Chances I TAKE MY CHANCES Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Hard Way THE HARD WAY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Stones In The Road STONES IN THE ROAD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Why Walk When You Can Fly WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN FLY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Am A Town I AM A TOWN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Bug THE BUG Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Bug THE BUG Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Grow Old With Me GROW OLD WITH ME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Only A Dream ONLY A DREAM Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I'll Never Fall In Love Again I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Rhythm Of The Blues RHYTHM OF THE BLUES Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Halley Came To Jackson HALLEY CAME TO JACKSON Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric This Shirt THIS SHIRT Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Come On Come On COME ON COME ON Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Walking Through Fire WALKING THROUGH FIRE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Not Too Much To Ask NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Quittin' Time QUITTIN' TIME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Almost Home ALMOST HOME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric It Must Have Happened IT MUST HAVE HAPPENED Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Calling THE CALLING Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric On And On It Goes ON AND ON IT GOES Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Long Way Home THE LONG WAY HOME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Tender When I Want To Be TENDER WHEN I WANT TO BE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Can't Take Love For Granted CAN'T TAKE LOVE FOR GRANTED Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Late For Your Life LATE FOR YOUR LIFE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric We're All Right WE'RE ALL RIGHT Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Houston HOUSTON Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Twilight TWILIGHT Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Dreamland DREAMLAND Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Why Shouldn't We WHY SHOULDN'T WE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Your Life Story YOUR LIFE STORY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Here I Am HERE I AM Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Going Out Tonight GOING OUT TONIGHT Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Grand Central Station GRAND CENTRAL STATION Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Grand Central Station GRAND CENTRAL STATION Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Leaving Song LEAVING SONG Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Closer And Closer Apart CLOSER AND CLOSER APART Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What Would You Say To Me WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Between Here And Gone BETWEEN HERE AND GONE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What Would You Say to Me WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ME Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Between Here and Gone BETWEEN HERE AND GONE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Moon And St. Christopher THE MOON AND ST. CHRISTOPHER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Goodnight America GOODNIGHT AMERICA Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric On With The Song ON WITH THE SONG Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric A Keeper For Every Flame A KEEPER FOR EVERY FLAME Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric A Keeper For Every Flame A KEEPER FOR EVERY FLAME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric A Lot Like Me A LOT LIKE ME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric A Place In The World A PLACE IN THE WORLD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric A Road Is Just A Road A ROAD IS JUST A ROAD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Alone But Not Lonely ALONE BUT NOT LONELY Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Alone But Not Lonely ALONE BUT NOT LONELY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Beautiful Racket BEAUTIFUL RACKET Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Beautiful Racket BEAUTIFUL RACKET Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Bright Morning Star BRIGHT MORNING STAR Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Christmas Carol CHRISTMAS CAROL Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Come On Home COME ON HOME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Down At The Twist And Shout DOWN AT THE TWIST AND SHOUT Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Down In Mary's Land DOWN IN MARY'S LAND Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Downtown Train DOWNTOWN TRAIN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Elysium ELYSIUM Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Elysium ELYSIUM Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Family Hands FAMILY HANDS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Girls Like Me GIRLS LIKE ME Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Girls Like Me GIRLS LIKE ME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Goodbye Again GOODBYE AGAIN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Hero In Your Hometown HERO IN YOUR HOMETOWN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Hero In Your Own Hometown HERO IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Heroes And Heroines HEROES AND HEROINES Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Hometown Girl HOMETOWN GIRL Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric House Of Cards HOUSE OF CARDS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric How Do HOW DO Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Can See It Now I CAN SEE IT NOW Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric I Want To Be Your Girlfriend I WANT TO BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Ideas Are Like Stars IDEAS ARE LIKE STARS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric In The Name Of Love IN THE NAME OF LOVE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric In The Name Of Love IN THE NAME OF LOVE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric It Don't Bring You IT DON'T BRING YOU Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric It Don��t Bring You IT DON��T BRING YOU Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric John Doe No. 24 JOHN DOE NO. 24 Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric John Doe No. 24 JOHN DOE NO. 24 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Jubilee JUBILEE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Jubilee JUBILEE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Just Because JUST BECAUSE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Keeping The Faith KEEPING THE FAITH Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric King Of Love KING OF LOVE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric King Of Love KING OF LOVE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Late For Your Life LATE FOR YOUR LIFE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Let Me Into Your Heart LET ME INTO YOUR HEART Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Luna's Gone LUNA'S GONE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Luna's Gone LUNA'S GONE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Maybe World MAYBE WORLD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Maybe World MAYBE WORLD Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Middle Ground MIDDLE GROUND Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Middle Ground MIDDLE GROUND Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Moon And St. Christopher MOON AND ST. CHRISTOPHER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric More Things Change MORE THINGS CHANGE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Mrs. Hemingway MRS. HEMINGWAY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric My Heaven MY HEAVEN Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric My Heaven MY HEAVEN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Naked To The Eye NAKED TO THE EYE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Never Had It So Good NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric One Small Heart ONE SMALL HEART Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric One Small Heart ONE SMALL HEART Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Other Streets And Other Towns OTHER STREETS AND OTHER TOWNS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Other Streets, Other Towns OTHER STREETS, OTHER TOWNS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Outside Looking In OUTSIDE LOOKING IN Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Party Doll PARTY DOLL Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Read My Lips READ MY LIPS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Right Now RIGHT NOW Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Right Now RIGHT NOW Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric River RIVER Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric River RIVER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Shelter Of Storms SHELTER OF STORMS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Shelter of Storms SHELTER OF STORMS Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Shut Up And Kiss Me SHUT UP AND KISS ME Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Simple Life SIMPLE LIFE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Simple Life SIMPLE LIFE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Slave To The Beauty SLAVE TO THE BEAUTY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Slave To The Beauty SLAVE TO THE BEAUTY Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Slow Country Dance SLOW COUNTRY DANCE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Someone Else's Prayer SOMEONE ELSE'S PRAYER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Someone Else's Prayer SOMEONE ELSE'S PRAYER Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Something Of A Dreamer SOMETHING OF A DREAMER Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Sudden Gift Of Fate SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Swept Away SWEPT AWAY Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Swept Away SWEPT AWAY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric That's Real THAT'S REAL Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Better To Dream Of You THE BETTER TO DREAM OF YOU Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Dreaming Road THE DREAMING ROAD Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Dreaming Road THE DREAMING ROAD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The End Of My Pirate Days THE END OF MY PIRATE DAYS Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Last Word THE LAST WORD Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The Long Way Home THE LONG WAY HOME Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric The More Things Change THE MORE THINGS CHANGE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric This Is Love THIS IS LOVE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric This Is Me Leaving You THIS IS ME LEAVING YOU Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric This Is Me Leaving You THIS IS ME LEAVING YOU Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Too Tired TOO TIRED Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Walking Through The Fire WALKING THROUGH THE FIRE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Waltz WALTZ Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What If We Went To Italy WHAT IF WE WENT TO ITALY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What Was It Like WHAT WAS IT LIKE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What Was It Like WHAT WAS IT LIKE Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What You Didn't Say WHAT YOU DIDN'T SAY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric What You Didn��t Say WHAT YOU DIDN��T SAY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric When She's Gone WHEN SHE'S GONE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric When She��s Gone WHEN SHE��S GONE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Whenever You're Ready WHENEVER YOU'RE READY Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Whenever You're Ready WHENEVER YOU'RE READY Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Where Time Stands Still WHERE TIME STANDS STILL Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Where Time Stands Still WHERE TIME STANDS STILL Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric Wherever You Are WHEREVER YOU ARE Mary Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric You Win Again YOU WIN AGAIN Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Song lyric You Win Again YOU WIN AGAIN Mary Chapin Carpenter