Artist: The Marshall Tucker Band

Can’t You See ~ The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker Band is an American Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The band formed in 1972 with founding members Doug Gray (vocalist), George McCorkle (rhythm guitarist), Paul Riddle (drummer), Jerry Eubanks (flutist), and brothers Toy (lead guitar) and Tommy Caldwell (bassist and front man).

Charlie Daniels, while not an “official member”, played fiddle on many of the bands early albums. Charlie played on “A New Life”, “Where We All Belong”, “Searchin’ For A Rainbow”, “Long Hard Ride” and “Carolina Dreams”.

Since its inception, the Marshall Tucker Band has lost three members:

  • Original frontman and bassist Tommy Caldwell died from injuries in a jeep crash on April 28, 1980. As well as being the front man who worked the crowd, he also sang background vocals and wrote several songs, including “Melody Ann,” which was the only song he ever performed lead vocals on.
  • His brother, guitarist Toy Caldwell, like Doug Gray also a Vietnam veteran, died of heart disease on February 25, 1993. He was the band’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter from 1973 – 1983. He also played steel and acoustic guitar. He used his thumb to pick the strings instead of his other fingers or a pick. He sang lead on several songs, including “Can’t You See” and “Blue Ridge Mountain Sky.” After leaving Marshall Tucker Band, he formed the Toy Caldwell Band and in 1992 released Toy Caldwell Band, his only solo album.
  • Founding member guitarist George McCorkle died of cancer on June 29, 2007, in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was the band’s rhythm guitarist from 1973 – 1983. He also wrote many of the band’s songs including “Fire on the Mountain,” “Silverado,” “Last of the Singing Cowboys,” and “Holdin’ On To You.” In 1999 he released his first solo CD, American Street.

There was no band member named “Marshall Tucker”. Originally, the band called itself the Toy Factory (named after lead guitarist Toy Caldwell). But by the time the band released its first album they had become the Marshall Tucker Band. During a radio interview in Hempstead, New York, in 1973, Tommy Caldwell explained the origins of the band’s name:

“There’s an old blind dude [in Spartanburg] that tunes pianos, and his name is Marshall Tucker… We didn’t name the band after him, but we just kind of liked that name and stuck with it.”

The band’s official website offers additional background:

When MTB first got together in their native Spartanburg back in 1972 they were rehearsing in an old warehouse. They had yet to decide on a name and were discussing what they should call themselves one evening. Someone looked at the tag on the key and it said “Marshall Tucker” and it was suggested they call themselves the Marshall Tucker Band, not knowing it was a real person’s name. Because it was time to go to dinner and everyone was hungry they said “sounds great” and the rest is history. A few years later they found out that Marshall Tucker was the name of the person who rented the building before them. His name was still on the key tag because the warehouse owner hadn’t changed it yet. Mr. Tucker was a blind piano tuner, who, along with his partner, used the building for their piano business.

Can’t You See

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Gonna take a freight train, down at the station, Lord
I don’t care where it goes
Gonna climb a mountain, the highest mountain, Lord
And jump off, nobody gonna know
Can’t you see, oh, can’t you see,
What that woman, Lord
She been doin’ to me
Can’t you see, can’t you see
What that woman, been doin’ to me

I’m gonna find me a hole in the wall,
I’m gonna crawl inside and die
Call my lady now, a mean old woman, Lord
Never told me goodbye
Can’t you see, oh, can’t you see,
What that woman, lord, she been doin’ to me
Can’t you see, can’t you see,
What that woman, lord, she been doin’ to me

Gonna buy a ticket now, as far as I can,
Ain’t a never comin’ back
Ride me a south-bound,
All the way to Georgia now,
‘Till that train it run out of track
Can’t you see, oh, can’t you see,
What that woman, lord, she been doin’ to me
Can’t you see, can’t you see,
What that woman, she been doin’ to me, oh lord

Can’t you see, oh, can’t you see,
What that woman, lord, she been doin’ to me
Can’t you see, oh, can’t you see,
What that woman, she been doin’ to me

Can’t you see, oh, She’s such a crazy lady
What that woman, What that woman lord,
she been doin’ to me
Can’t you see,I can’t stand to see
can’t you see,
What that woman,oh, she been doin’ to me

Gonna take a freight train, down at the station, Lord
Ain’t never comin’ back
Ride me a south-bound,
All the way to Georgia, Lord,
‘Till that train run out of track

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