This song, especially its great hook— “I can only give you everything.”— is kinda the official anthem of Bluebird Blvd.
But this version of this great rock standard is new. (Well, newish— 22011) The song itself has been around since the mid-1960s, but you knew that, right?
Wait. You say you didn’t know “I Can Only Give You Everything” has been around for a dog’s age*?
Here are the deets, my friends: Van Morrison (of Them, at the time) wrote it; the proto-punk band the MC5 made it famous.
Now Nick Waterhouse is giving one of my favorite rock singles of all time a laid-back early rhythm and blues makeover with a Les Paul guitar-driven sound.
And it’s really, really true: I can only give you everything.
*No worries. For the longest time, I thought David Bowie wrote “God Only Knows.” I also thought (and don’t shoot me a dirty look) Frank Black wrote “Hang On To Your Ego.”
While The Husband and I were starting our California Route 1 honeymoon, I bought the amazing Brain Wilson classic Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Oh… my… stars. What a revelation that was. You can read about the whole experience in The Bluebird Sessions: Pet Sounds.