Blues singer ZZ Ward, who covered this for Billboard's Candid Covers
, wrote an answer song called "Charlie Ain't Home
" for her 2012 debut album, Til The Casket Drops
. "I would listen to ['Waiting For Charlie To Come Home'] when I was growing up, and it was very haunting," she explained in a 2017 Songfacts interview
. "It was all about her waiting for this guy, and her life didn't start until he got home.
And so, it was a very emotional piece, and I was sitting around one day when I was working on my first album and I thought, 'What if I flipped it? What if I flipped that song so that, instead of waiting for Charlie to come home, it was about what was happening when Charlie wasn't at home?' So, my song is called 'Charlie Ain't Home,' and it's a very sexy song."