Mary Chapin Carpenter
Stones in the Road
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
"Why Walk When You Can Fly" takes a realistic, optimistic and selfless view of life ("Why take when you could be giving?"). MCC wants to let go of the past and forge a new relational future with her man on "House of Cards." Hope amid brokenness is central to several songs. The sad ballad "John Doe No. 24" relates the true story of a mentally ill, deaf and blind man who died alone after being institutionalized most of his life-a moving testimony to the value of every human life.
In isolated lines, she calls love "genuine voodoo" (the hit single "Shut Up and Kiss Me") and utters, "We kiss your a-" ("Stones in the Road").
MCC communicates the emotional turmoil of romance with honesty and a sense of hope. Her poetic lyrics avoid superficiality, but can sometimes get a little too colorful (as noted above). Otherwise, a solid effort.