Can’t You See (Live) – The Marshall Tucker Band | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#75); 1977

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Unbeknownst to Toy Caldwell, a broken amplifier was to play a key role in his band’s ascendancy to fame. The amp belonged to Alabama rockers Wet Willie, who were scheduled to play in Spartanburg, South Carolina, home base of Toy’s group, The Toy Factory. So when WW’s amp failed during sound check, the club’s owner called upon Toy for a replacement. A guest guitar solo by Toy during Wet Willie’s set prompted an invitation to come play for label execs at Grant’s Lounge in Macon, GA. One night, while rehearsing for their big gig, one of Toy Factory’s members found a key ring on the floor. On it was written “Marshall Tucker” after the blind piano tuner who previously used the space. The newly christened band turned in an impressive performance, and were on their way. Can’t You See, a long-time staple of Toy Factory sets, succeeded in a live version included on MTB’s Searchin’ For A Rainbow album.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Paul Hornsby

Lyrics Written by:

  • Toy Caldwell