Besides being a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, throughout her career Sheryl Crow has managed to blend genres of country, rock and pop. She’s created nine studio albums, won nine Grammy Awards and has worked with legends like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and The Rolling Stones. Although you may be familiar with her radio hits, here is a list of five of some of her more underrated songs.
“Run Baby Run” is a song off of the artist’s 1993 debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The song failed to make the charts until it was released for a third time, peaking at #24 on the UK charts in 1995. The song was written by Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald and Bill Bottrell. This song tells a story, featuring the following lyrics: “She was born in November 1963 / the day Aldous Huxley died / and her mama believed / that every man could be free / so her mama got high, high, high / and her daddy marched on Birmingham / singing mighty protest songs / and he pictured all the places / where he knew that she belonged / but he failed and taught her young / the only thing she’d need to carry on / he taught her how to / run baby run."
“The Difficult Kind” is a track off of 1998’s The Globe Sessions and was written by Crow alone. The chorus is the following: “If you could only see / what love has made of me / then I’d no longer be in your mind / the difficult kind / cause babe I’ve changed.”This track seems to be about a relationship turned sour, and this is a highly underrated song from the artist, as it's told from the point of view of a woman being the one harming the relationship. The title itself describes something indescribable, like when a seemingly good person finds themselves being the destructive force. Hence, why it's a "difficult" situation.
“Safe and Sound” is a track off of 2002’s C’mon, C’mon. The song was written by Crow alone and was featured in the film, “White Oleander.” The song is pretty haunting in the following parts, especially in context of the film if you’ve seen it: “Feel like I could’ve held on / feel like I could’ve let go / feel like I could’ve helped you / feel like I could’ve changed you / feel like I could’ve held you / feel like I could’ve hurt you / feel like I was a stranger / feel like I was an angel / feel like I was a hero / feel like I was a zero / feel like I could’ve healed you / feel like I could’ve saved you… / feel like I really loved you / feel like I could’ve saved you.” In essence, this song could be describing the relationship between two lovers, two friends or between parent and child. In regards to the latter, which is how it was used in the film, all we have to do is look to the lyric, "there's beauty in release"- as in, sometimes we have to let go of something or someone in order to set ourselves free. This song is highly underrated due to this beautiful theme, as well as it's darker tone, especially in comparison to other tracks on the album, like "Soak Up the Sun."
“Leaving Las Vegas” is another song off of 1993’s Tuesday Night Music Club. It was written by Kevin Gilbert, David Ricketts, Brian MacLeod, Baerwald, Bottrell and Crow. Supposedly the song was written about a friend of Baerwald’s named John O’Brien, who wrote a book of the same title in 1990 (it was then adapted into the 1995 film of the same name.) The lyrics certainly reflect the mood of Las Vegas. The song begins, “life springs eternal / on a gaudy neon street / not that I care at all / I spent the best part of my losing streak / in an army jeep / for what I can’t recall / oh I’m banging on my TV set / and I check the odds / and I place my bet / I pour a drink / and I pull the blinds / and I wonder what I’ll find.” The truest line in the song is, “such a muddy line between the things you want / and the things you have to do.” Although the song peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, it still deserves more radio-play.
“I Shall Believe” is a song off of Crow’s 1993 album, Tuesday Night Music Club. It was written by Crow and Bottrell and was featured in the TV show “Roswell.” This is a beautiful love song that, while a fan favorite, still does not receive the recognition it deserves. The chorus is the following: “That not everything is gonna be the way you think it ought to be / it seems like every time I try to make it right it all comes down on me / please say honestly you won’t give up on me / and I shall believe.” This track is not appreciated enough, not just as a Sheryl Crow song, but as a simple love ballad, as it basically is a woman telling her lover or friend that "even if it's a lie," to assure her that everything will be "alright." However, in the chorus, she asks this person to be honest in regards to them giving up on her. This contrast is important in the overall theme of the song, which centers around someone who is lost and perhaps a little desperate, and needs comforting.