Brandy Clark extends a cautious invitation in a chilling solo version of “You Can Come Over,” from her recently released Big Day in a Small Town. While her previous performance clips of tracks from one of the best albums of 2016 have spotlighted the singer-songwriter and her guitar, “You Can Come Over” finds Clark at the piano.
Each delicate touch of the keys (and the silence between the notes) emphasizes the halting nature of the lyrics, in which she warns the song’s object, “You can come over but you can’t come in.”
“I’d put on that record, you’d give me that look, oh, you know the one,” Clark sings midway through the song, as she realizes the consequences of her actions, adding, “Boy, I can betcha by the end of that first verse the damage would be done.”
Clark’s gift for mining lyrical gold from everyday language so often leads to comical results that it’s easy to overlook her talent for poignancy. “You Can Come Over,” however, is an inviting reminder.