I Can't Resist

Album: Seven Year Ache (1981)
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  • This irresistible ballad that makes Rosanne Cash go weak in the knees for her lover was written by her then-husband Rodney Crowell (the album's producer), and Hank DeVito, who also played electric and steel guitar on the record. But the idea came from Cash. She explained to Alanna Nash in the book Behind Closed Doors: Talking with the Legends of Country Music: "I love Judy Garland. I had this concept of it being one of these sultry, big-band type of things. We were gonna put horns on it, and it has this bedroom saxophone all over it that's just gorgeous. It evokes all these images of 'High Atop the Starlight Ballroom,' you know, ballroom dancing and everything smoky and your boyfriend just home from the war."


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