There's no doubt that I am getting older. I don't keep up with the ups, downs and side-to-sides of popular culture like I did when I was younger, and I tend not to notice even when big changes happen—like changes in the popular definition of country music. I suppose I thought that a country song I wrote in 1968 would still be a country song today. But, apparently, that isn't the case. Today, that song would be Americana. At least, that's what people around Nashville tell me, and I guess they know.
I didn't write I Can't Have You in 1968, but when I sing it or listen to the record it feels like I did. It's the kind of song I liked a lot back in those days. It's the kind of song I often wrote while sitting in my bedroom playing my shiny black Hagstrom II guitar— a guitar I bought with twelve easy payments when I was a junior in high school.
If you liked country music in 1968, you might like I Can't Have You. If you do, I hope you'll add it to your playlists on Spotify and Apple Music... or whichever streaming service you use. If you really like it, you can download it at iTunes or Amazon.