"Can't Take It With You" as written by Casey Beathard, Eric Church and Marla Cannon-goodman....
Never realized how much she brought to the table
Till I went to sit my cup of coffee where the table use to be
No cats, no bed, no heirloom antique cradle
An' no more hope for one day startin' that family
Bet she's gainin' fast on Memphis with a trailer-load in tow
Who says you can't take it with you when you go

Cause she got away with everything that I had goin'
An' she got away 'fore I could make it all alright
An' I got away with leavin' what needs said unspoken
Hell, I even blew the chance I had to say goodbye
Yeah, she took her heart an' took off down that road
An' they say you can't take it with you when you go

Good news is, ain't much here left for packin'
Bad news is, she left behind a million memories
All the echoes of her cryin', lovin' an' laughin'
Left me with nothin' left to do but leave
That ol' house is in the rear view: ridin' shotgun is her ghost
Who says you can't take it with you when you go

Cause she got away with everything that I had goin'
An' she got away 'fore I could make it all alright
An' I got away with leavin' what needs said unspoken
Hell, I even blew the chance I had to say goodbye
Yeah, she took her heart an' took off down that road
An' they say you can't take it with you when you go

Closin' in on Dallas, now, is the best love I've ever known
An' they say you can't take it with you when you go


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"Can't Take It with You" as written by Eric Church Casey Beathard

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    General Comment"Never realized how much she brought to the table"...Sexist.
    Kakion October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Never realized how much she brought to the table"...Sexist.
    Kakion October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe doesnt mean what she literally brings to to table... he means what she brought into his life. This song is sad... he realizes how much he is really losing when she leaves... not only the physical things in their home but her love and their future. "No more hope for one day startin' that family" He knows she was his everything now that she is gone... "She got away with everything that I had goin'"He regrets she left before he could attempt to reconcile with her. Great song... I
    goldengramm15on October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat is the "it" of can't take it with you when you go?
    nathan_yamahaon August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat I'm confused about is the end of the song... "Closing in on Dallas now, is the best love I've ever known". "And they say, you can't take it with you when you go"... What is he taking?...ya know?
    sm000on March 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is incredible. he is such a clever lyricist. and i'm not really sure why people are confused with him saying "who says you can't take it with you when you go." that is an old saying that i have heard my entire life. only in the saying it is usually talking about when you die you can't take all your worldly posessions with you when you go, but he obviously just put his own clever twist to it.

    and answering to sm000's confusion: she is almost to dallas and she was everything to him and she took everything of his (physically and emotionally) with him when she left. hope that helps your confusion some. :-)


    and just a note to kaki. you are stupid. if you don't like what eric church has to say then don't listen to him. he doesn't need idiots like you listening to him because there are pleanty of people who love his music. and that doesn't make all of us right wing conservatives or ignorant.
    gustava1986on June 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"She got away with everything that I had goin"------------I think that part right there is pretty deep. I dont think he means his physical possessions or anything that she took with her when she left.

    I think he means when she left, every single thing great that he had going on in his life is now gone. She was what he had going--physically, emotionally, and mentally. EVERYTHING.
    itmeansthison December 10, 2010   Link
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    MemoryProbably my favorite song by Eric. I listened to this song over 100 times when my first serious gf and I broke up in college. To me, this song captures that emotion you have when someone vitally important in your life disappears and you suddenly realize everything positive they brought into your life. I realize that almost everyone experiences this moment, but I hope that the majority of people out there are able to handle it better than I was.
    dagwood96on March 09, 2012   Link

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