Released in January 1993, "Passionate Kisses" it was the third single from Carpenter's album Come On Come On. The song reached number 4 on the BillboardHot Country Singles & Tracks chart in March 1993. Carpenter's hit cover adheres closely in tempo, feel, and instrumentation to Williams' original recording similarly relying on the catchy guitar riff to anchor the record. The recording enhanced Carpenter's crossover appeal and earned her the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in addition to securing song of the year honors for Williams in 1994.
^Bradley, Bob (1994). "Lucinda Williams: Passionate Kisses". The Journal of Country Music. XVIII (2): 37. "Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of "Passionate Kisses" is virtually identical to Williams' Rough Trade take ..."