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Editors’ Notes

My Baby Don’t Tolerate features songs Lyle Lovett accumulated during the seven-year break between The Road to Ensenada and the 2003 release of this album. The first completed tracks, “San Antonio Girl” and “The Truck Song,” revisited people from Lovett’s past by inhabiting their memories, and that process serves as theme for the rest of the songs. It's an album populated by names of real people (Randy and Danny Ray, a litany of people listed in “Nashville,” even a named truck in “Truck Song”) and real places (Cline’s Corners truckstop outside Albuquerque, plus Tomball, Palestine, and Paris in Texas). Approaching 50, Lovett had reached the point where it was necessary to make sense of the traveled road by communing with the spirits of the people he met along the way. That’s not to say the album is melancholy. In fact, it might be the most energized and familial affair of Lovett’s career. It’s telling that for all its boisterous moments, the album ends in church, with a pair of gospel affirmations equal in voraciousness to the purebred rock ‘n’ roll of “Wallisville Road.”

Customer Reviews

My Baby Don't Tolerate

I gotta say, I love this LP. I didn't want to skip a single song. Lyle is back and always fun to relate to here in Texas.


Born: November 1, 1957 in Klein, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with '70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett's literate, multi-layered songs...
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