XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” by Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark of St. Vincent

Sheryl Crow | photo by Mark Seliger | via Billboard.com

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who began her recording career with 1993’s Grammy award winning Tuesday Night Music Club, has teamed up with Annie Clark – known to many as St. Vincent – on a new song, “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You.”

Crow and Clark have known each other for several years, played together at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Show. According to Billboard:

For “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”, Sheryl called Clark and said, “I am dying to have you bring your St. Vincent-ness to this.’ And I said, ‘You will not hurt my feelings if you don’t like the song,'” Crow recalls. “And I sent it to her, and her response was, ‘Fuck yeah.’ That was a direct quote, as only Annie Clark can respond, which I loved. She did all kinds of stuff on it, and we pretty much used all of it – Annie just crushes on this track.””

The song is reminiscent of the more rock leaning style of the songs from her 1998 release The Globe Sessions. It’s also the first collaboration the could quite possibly be on a full length album of collaborations that Billboard reports that Crow is currently shopping.

About the song’s lyrics, Crow was inspired to write the song by the current political climate. “Just this climate of the truth not mattering has really been unnerving to me especially when you are raising kids and you’re trying to explain that no matter how painful it is the truth is the most important thing,” Crow said in a recent interview about the song.

Below, listen to “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You.”



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