Can't You See (The Marshall Tucker Band song)

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"Can't You See"
Single by The Marshall Tucker Band
from the album The Marshall Tucker Band
Released 1973 (Original release)
1977 (Re-release)
Recorded 1973
Genre Southern rock, country rock
Length 6:05
Label Capricorn
Songwriter(s) Toy Caldwell
Producer(s) Paul Hornsby
The Marshall Tucker Band singles chronology
"Can't You See"
(1973)
"My Jesus"
(1973)
"Can't You See"
(1973)
"My Jesus"
(1973)

"Heard It in a Love Song"
(1977) Heard It in a Love Song1977

"Can't You See"
(1977) Can't You See1977

"Dream Lover"
(1978) Dream Lover1978

"Can't You See" is a song written by Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band. The song was originally recorded by the band on their 1973 debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, and released as the album's first single. It was re-released in 1977 and peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Cover versions of "Can't You See" have charted for Waylon Jennings (in 1976) and the Zac Brown Band with Kid Rock (2010).

The song featured in the 2001 films Blow and Scotland, PA, the 2008 Joshua Michael Stern film Swing Vote, and at least two commercials: one for Busch Beer (2011) and one for tourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2012).

A live version is included as the final track on the band's 1975 album, Searchin' for a Rainbow.

The original recording is noted for its flute introduction and ending, both by Jerry Eubanks.

Cover versions[edit]

Waylon Jennings[edit]

"Can't You See"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album Are You Ready for the Country
B-side "I'll Go Back To Her"
Released July 1976
Genre Country
Length 3:46
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Toy Caldwell
Producer(s) Waylon Jennings
Ken Mansfield
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
(1975)
"Can't You See"
(1976)
"Are You Ready for the Country"
(1976)
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
(1975)
"Can't You See"
(1976)
"Are You Ready for the Country"
(1976)

"Can't You See" was covered by American country music artist Waylon Jennings for his 1976 album Are You Ready for the Country. Jennings' version was released as the album's first single in July 1976 and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2] It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3]

Other versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

The Marshall Tucker Band[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 8
Chart (1977) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 75
Canadian RPM Top Singles 57
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 39

Waylon Jennings[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 97
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Zac Brown Band with Kid Rock[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 11

References[edit]

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Preceded by
"(I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man"
by Ronnie Milsap
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 2, 1976
Succeeded by
"All I Can Do"
by Dolly Parton