Recommendation XI: Jack Ingram

Right now, I’m writing this from home because my college semester ended about a week ago, and I’ve been feeling really weird since being back. I definitely am happy to not have to do any more school work until about three months, but when I left my dorm, I was sad to leave my friends behind (well, actually, they left before me, and I left later so I was alone for quite a while, waiting to check out of my room lol). My buddies and I had done a lot within the time we had and had a lot of fun, and I’m not afraid to admit it here, but I do miss them because they live in other states and I can’t spend time with them and next year may be different. This leads me to my next song selection…

My eleventh recommendation is: Jack Ingram’s “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely” from his 2007 This Is It album. When I first got this album (it had all this bonus stuff that came with it because I got it from his site), I had high expectations because the clips I heard from the album were excellent and I do love his remake of “Lips of an Angel” (any nay-sayers, don’t hold that against me lol), but after I listened to the full album originally, I felt a little disappointed. As time went by and I kept listening to the CD day-by-day, I became to love it. Jack Ingram has become one of my newer favorites and I enjoy hearing his music, old and new. It was his Electric album that got me to be interested in him initially and my interest has grown from there with his recent radio singles. I could go on and on about him and the album, but I really want to get to the story with the song.

I don’t know why, but this song, “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely”, reminds me of my friend.  Granted, the song is more about a love relationship between a man and a woman and her leaving him and him hoping she will turn around and go back to him, but I still connected to the general theme, minus the love/romance part out and the gender-specifications. I remember listening to this song and relating it to me and one of my most favorite friends because it seemed, and still does, like my friend didn’t care for me as much as I care for him. I mean, we have spent a lot of time together these last few months of school: we talked a lot, watched movies and TV a lot, played video games: y’know, all the usual stuff, but even through all that, it doesn’t seem to bother my friend that we can’t hang out together for the time being. I understand that we’re on a summer break and going back to our families and everything, but c’mon, he could at least try to talk to me and see what’s going on but he doesn’t seem to care. My original connection to the song came about because we didn’t really become friends until around the time that this album with this song came out (late March 2007), so psychologically, I made a link between the two, and coincidentally, the lyrics were relatable, to an extent. Other songs I’ve found that I could associate with this situation (excluding the romance love stuff in the lyrics, of course) are: “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” by Patty Loveless, “Cry” by Faith Hill, and others. Looking at the lyrics to those and I can see what they mean, for the most part, because I feel like my friend does not miss me like I miss them, and I want them to. And of course, I do have friends who I hang out with here, but I never had as much fun with them as I did with this other one from school who I’m talking about.

The whole situation does hurt and it bothers me. I don’t know at all what I did or didn’t do to place myself in this circumstance because everything was somewhat normal until he left. I don’t want to bring it up with my friend, because I don’t want to seem desperate or anything like that, but like I said, I’m probably letting it get to me too much. I know that this friend can be a jerk sometimes, so maybe I just got to accept it as that, and accept that maybe he wants to just spend his summer in isolation with his own family and friends (which I find kinda weird, but whatever, I guess). It’s tough to explain, but I’ll get on to the song.  Side-note: Just something I thought of right now: “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely” could be the other side’s narrative answer to Lee Ann Womack‘s story in her song “A Little Past Little Rock” lol (so maybe she did get lonely?).

The beginning music with the electric guitar and the keyboard saddens me a bit whenever I listen to it, because it reminds me of this situation and for some reason, it’s hard for me to let go. Jack’s vocals are right on: I can feel the emotion in his voice and it seems really authentic like he wrote it himself. The lyrics: “ Maybe she’ll get lonely / Maybe she’ll turn that wheel around / Maybe she’ll miss me / Before she hits the edge of town… “, explains what I was hoping for. It seems confusing to talk about this because of the “she”s in the lyrics haha, but I think anyone can relate to this song who has had a friend or loved one leave them, temporarily or permanently, and you wishing that they missed you and didn’t forget about you and the time you spent with them. I don’t know whether or not my friend misses my company and the fun we had, but it really doesn’t seem like it to me. I’ve been hurt and burned by friends before, but I don’t think it’s bothered me like this, but I know time helped me get better, so here’s hoping that this summer is better than all the others!

My other main favorites from This Is It are: “Measure of a Man”, “Hold On” (with Sheryl Crow), and “Lips of an Angel” (and of course his radio singles, “Love You” and “Wherever You Are”). Along with one of Jack’s other albums, 2002’s Electric, I’d say these are his best ones, but I don’t know own the others yet so I couldn’t say. I’ll probably review a song from Electric in the way future, which was my original album to spotlight a song from but I had to do this song from the latest album because of the relevance.

Thanks for reading!

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Here are the full lyrics to “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely”, written by John Kennedy, Jamie Paulin, & Jeremy Stover:

She slammed the screen door
Kicked up the dust pulling out of here
Probably headed for Baton Rouge
Her taillights just disappeared
I tried everything within my power to get her to stay
Guess all I can do right now is get on my knees and pray

Maybe she’ll get lonely
Maybe she’ll turn that wheel around
Maybe she’ll miss me
Before she hits the edge of town
‘Cause I love her, I need her
I can’t live without her
Yeah the only hope that I’ve got left is
Maybe she’ll get lonely

Right now she’s angry
As mad as I’ve ever seen
And if she makes it a hundred miles
That means she’s breaking free
I think time is of the essence, I keep ringing her phone
It ain’t looking too good right now before she’s too far gone

Maybe she’ll get lonely
Maybe she’ll turn that wheel around
Maybe she’ll miss me
Before she hits the edge of town
‘Cause I love her, I need her
I can’t live without her
Yeah the only hope that I’ve got left is
Maybe she’ll get lonely

Yeah, I love her, I need her
I miss her, I want her
I can’t live without her

Maybe she’ll get lonely
Maybe she’ll get lonely
The only hope that I’ve got left is
Maybe she’ll get lonely
Maybe she’ll get lonely…

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2 Comments

  1. Excellent pick! I think this is a stellar track as well. If you enjoyed Electric and This is It, I’d also recommend the Electric: Extra Volts EP. Enjoying the blog – keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks for the comment Carolyn! I do have that one too…got it off iTunes…love those Extra Volts. My most favorite from those would be “A Little Bit” I think.

    I’ve heard rumors that “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely” might be the next single.


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