Passionate Kisses

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"Passionate Kisses"
Lucinda Williams - Passionate Kisses single.jpg
Single by Lucinda Williams
from the album Lucinda Williams
B-side"Side of the Road"
GenreBlues, Folk, World, Country
LabelRough Trade
Songwriter(s)Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams singles chronology
"I Just Wanted to See You So Bad"
"Passionate Kisses"
"Six Blocks Away"
"Passionate Kisses"
MCC - Passionate Kisses single.png
Single by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side"Middle Ground"
ReleasedJanuary 19, 1993
Songwriter(s)Lucinda Williams
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"Not Too Much to Ask"
"Passionate Kisses"
"The Hard Way"

"Passionate Kisses" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. It was released in 1989 as the fourth single from her third album, Lucinda Williams (1988).

The song was famously covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter for her 1992 album Come On Come On, and released as the album's third single.

Critical reception[edit]

Robin Denselow, writing in The Guardian, called the song a "rousing country rocker."[1] Country music website The Boot ranked "Passionate Kisses" No. 1 on their list of the best Lucinda Williams songs, describing it as "a modern-day feminist anthem about having it all — a comfortable bed, food, a rock band and passionate kisses." The lyrics document "I shout it out to the night, give me what I deserve 'cause it's my right."[2]

In 2021, "Passionate Kisses" ranked No. 437 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[4]
  • "Passionate Kisses" – 2:35
  • "Nothing In Rambling" – 4:45
  • "Disgusted" – 3:09
  • "Goin' Back Home" – 3:22
  • "Side Of The Road" – 3:27

Mary Chapin Carpenter version[edit]

Released in January 1993, "Passionate Kisses" was the third single from Carpenter's fourth album Come On Come On. The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in March 1993,[5] and No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. Carpenter's version adheres closely in tempo, feel, and instrumentation to Williams' original recording, similarly relying on the catchy guitar riff to anchor the record.[6] The recording enhanced Carpenter's crossover appeal and earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1994,[7] in addition to securing the Grammy Award for Best Country Song for Williams.[8]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[9]
  • "Passionate Kisses" – 3:23
  • "Downtown Train" – 4:11
  • "The Bug" – 3:48
  • "Quittin' Time" – 3:52

Music videos[edit]

Williams and Carpenter each released music videos for their recordings. Williams' original music video was released in August 1989.[10]

Carpenter's music video was directed by Markus Blunder and premiered in early 1993. It was filmed in Washington, D.C.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Williams version[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 169

Carpenter version[edit]


Year Award Category Work Recipient Result Ref.
1994 Grammy Award Best Female Country Vocal Performance "Passionate Kisses" Mary Chapin Carpenter Won [7]
Best Country Song Lucinda Williams (songwriter) Won [8]


  1. ^ Denselow, Robin (January 16, 2014). "Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams 25th Anniversary Edition – review". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on December 28, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Zaleski, Annie (January 26, 2022). "Top 10 Lucinda Williams Songs". The Boot. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time > Passionate Kisses". Rolling Stone. 15 September 2021. Archived from the original on 24 July 2022. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  4. ^ Discogs. "Lucinda Williams – Passionate Kisses". Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  5. ^ Mary Chapin Carpenter Hot Country Songs Chart History
  6. ^ 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 ...
  7. ^ a b "Artist: Mary Chapin Carpenter". Recording Academy. Retrieved 26 Oct 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Artist: Lucinda Williams". Recording Academy. Retrieved 27 Apr 2020.
  9. ^ Discogs. "Mary-Chapin Carpenter – Passionate Kisses". Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Lucinda Williams - Passionate Kisses (Official Music Video)". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 26 Oct 2021.
  11. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter - Passionate Kisses (Video)". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 26 Oct 2021.
  12. ^ "Lucinda Williams chart history". Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1734." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1708." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1712." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 27, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  16. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  20. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.

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