Who Sang Can You Take It? John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp American Fool cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Country Rock/Southern Rock/Pop Rock
length: 3:36
producer: John Mellencamp and Don Gehman
lead vocals: John Mellencamp
bass: George Perry
guitar: Larry Crane and Michael B. Wanchic
drums (drum set): Kenny Aronoff
phonographic copyright by: John Mellencamp
composer: John Mellencamp
lyricist: John Mellencamp
I was courting a southern belle
Her Daddy was a rich 'un, too
Sports car outside her door
She was pretty good lookin', too

You call me up, want me to come over
When the servants are all in bed
And she said, "Daddy's on a flight tonight
Does that put any ideas in your head?"

I say to her:

Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down
Can you really take it all the way down
Down down
Down down down

So we watch a little TV
I drink up the family wine
She said, "You're such a snake in the grass, boy
But tonight you're mine"

But wait a minute, wait a minute baby
Are you tryin' to make a fool out of me
She said, "I've seen men like you, before
I've got a long family tree"

And she said to me:

Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down
Can you really take it all the way down
Down down
Down down down

And I say to myself, "Even a fool like me can be the loving kind"
Even a fool like me can be the loving kind

Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down
Can you really take it all the way down
Down down
Down down down

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Hurts So Good
  • 2 Jack & Diane
  • 3 Hand to Hold on To
  • 4 Danger List
  • 5 Can You Take It
  • 6 Thundering Hearts
  • 7 China Girl
  • 8 Close Enough
  • 9 Weakest Moments