If you’re gonna write a song to woo Meg White, doing it while Jack is busy Bonding with Alicia is probably as good a time as any. Savvy, LaMontagne. The “Crazy” coverer and hailed troubadour has a new record out next month called Gossip In The Grain, and if he doesn’t sound as tortured as in the past, maybe it’s because he’s found a reason to get up in the morning. “Meg White” opens with spaghetti western whistles and strums before Ray kicks up some gossip in the grain by inviting Ms. White on long bike rides, romancing her with compliments (“Meg White, such a pretty sight”), and finding a way to hit on her rather diplomatically. (“Baby you’re the bomb. Oh Jack is great, don’t get me wrong. But this is your song.”) All of this is real, by the way.

See? Word is Meg has heard the song, and was touched, and has accepted Ray’s invitation to his upcoming show in Detroit. Gossip In The Grain indeed. The record is out 10/14 via RCA. Preorder at iTunes.

Comments (94)
  1. reido  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    like the song, but the lyrics are a bit ridiculous. a little less than i have come to expect from ray.

    • Lia Kehoe  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

      Anyone who dislikes this song sucks. Plain and simple

      • reido  |   Posted on Sep 27th, 2008 0

        i have a boner.

      • man  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2008 0

        well call me mr. suck cause this is the worst songwriting i’ve heard in a long time. his voice is ok but his delivery compounds the problems as he tries to overcompensate for the awful lyrics. don’t get me wrong, i love ray, i just think he’s much better here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2b1D5w82yU

      • JJ James  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2009 0

        If you like this, let me recommend to you the worst Joe Cocker albums, because they are almost as bad as Ray, with all the over-wrought, melodramatic trachea-crunching crap, and almost as bad of songwriting. Every day I pass street musicians who deserve a contract more than this wanna-be ‘soul man’. His music is about as soulful as the average Chevrolet commercial.

  2. Dave Carlson  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    wow ray, times are tough! she must be paying his bills. gigolo lamontagne! lyrical diarrhea

  3. oh, can’t the man have a little fun for a change? great song

  4. ev  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    sounds like ray wants to make himself a Meg suit. “Say, what are you about a size 14??”

  5. JP  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I agree with Lemmy……Have fun Ray! I think this song is entertaining and I bet the able will be insane……..

  6. Look at her great big…cymbals! It’s no surprise Ray would go for her.

  7. Evan  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    hahaha, I really like this.

    Already WAY better than his last record. Now I’m actually excited for this record

  8. Has anyone seen the video for Ray’s “You Are The Best Thing” ?


  9. this is the stupidest piece of trash i ever heard.

  10. If this song was a soda, it’d be Diet Canfield’s Peanut Chocolate Fudge. Gross.

  11. brandon depp  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    forget this
    call me when it’s a sex tape

  12. dave  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    evan, i thought his last record was stunning. he’s having a little more fun on this, which is nice, but i doubt the new record will touch the beautiful darkness of “Til The Sun Turns Black”

  13. KB  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I foresee myself skipping this song or maybe just deleting if off of my itunes list so I wont have to listen to it…and I don’t skip Ray’s songs. He should have spared us and just sent her a mixed tape. Yuck,

  14. ebbb  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    love it! he never stays in one place. glad he is still doing what he feels like doing regardless of all the boo-hoo babies afraid of change. end of story is its one song, he’s still writing brilliant material too. its good to hear him having fun!!

  15. torche  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    The biggest tribute to meg white is the simple hammer down drums.

  16. MR  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    Ok… how can anyone not find that song entertaining??? I mean, have so many people actually sunken that deeply into their own self-inflicted hatred of everything that doesn’t leave them in constant state of melancholy that they actually can’t find that song entertaining! Seriouly? That song is great! Just ask Meg…..

  17. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    She has large breasts.

  18. soulremedy  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I don’t even know what to think of this. Can’t wait till the album drops.

  19. Ray is way behind the times. We were writing creepy songs about Meg White a year ago: http://myspace.com/2handedengine

  20. jaird  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    He’s married though right? Not the sneakiest way to go after another woman.

  21. Lucas Hildebrand  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    This song sucks donkey cock compared to A REAL ROCK N ROLL SONG about meg white done properly by Sikamor Rooney outta new jersey.


  22. petergriffin  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    check out that sideboob

  23. Greg  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I’d hit it.

  24. Irving  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    Hmmm gotta say I don’t see the attraction other than the large cans…she’s a bit pasty-faced indie girl…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Ray on the other hand is another story (beard n’all)….

  25. pennylanebandaid  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    Awwww, this song is great, maybe the most fun Ray has had on an album!!!

  26. I love this song. There is so much more power on Ray’s new album, but still relentlessly romantic. I’ve already preordered the album, but this song makes me wanna get a second copy.

  27. Probably the worst Ray Lamontagne song to date…and I’ve heard them all…but i’m still excited about the cd

  28. this song isn’t that good

  29. Anon  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    sounds like ray has been on a bit of a beatles kick

  30. kinda sounds like a bad Gomez song

  31. Hey, back off, Ray. I was lusting after Meg long before you were even… uh, lusting after Meg. Well, if it cheers her up and helps bring her out of her vague funk, it can’t be a bad thing. (And speaking of not-bad things, nice header picture. Wow.)

    But still… Meg? Call me?

  32. mister lau  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    ol Ray has been watching Kelly’s Heroes there

  33. Cazzy  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    You’ve gotta love an artist who can relax enough to write a ‘fun song’. He is amazing and I would never bash anything he wrote. Having said that, the music video for “You are the Best Thing” seems like an ad for middle-aged-business-people’s bed sheets and I forsee it being used in a Viagra ad. But, all the better for him. He writes killer tracks, so he deserves to make millions when companies want to exploit his masterpiece.

  34. mitchell  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    It’s a beautiful song. Very respectful of her and her drumming style. And I agree with him that Meg stole Jack’s scene in Coffee And Cigarettes.

  35. I love “You are the Best Thing”and I think that Meg White is a great, silly departure from the serious love ballad. Obviously he understands that music doesn’t always have to be serious, that it can still be a good song, without the dire overtones.

    And Cazzy, I couldn’t agree more…..

  36. Beetz  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    You people should have some more respect….try listening to the song with you eyes closed maybe… you can envision what he is singing about and it becomes a story and a tribute of sorts… it is Ray, in his thoughts, and his unique voice, and story telling. You can’t be a true fan of his if you want to skip this song.
    And really it is new and everyone hates new and change… it will grow and you the more you listen and maybe you will begin to feel what he is feeling when he sings it… give it a chance people! Why so negative???
    It is lovely and personal and he has shared it with us…xo

  37. I’d bet this song makes about a billion girls jealous

  38. Tim  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    This song isn’t Ray’s best to say the least, but geez, calm down with the insults. Let the man live a little. And if you’re soooo worried about the album go to this link and listen to a live version of “Let it Be Me.” Your worries will disappear in a heartbeat.


  39. SQUID BRAINS  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0


  40. man, this is waaaaaaaay old… my dickaround band from back in the day did a cover of Be My Baby and re-wrote it as Be My Meg White… in like 2004.
    it’s up at http://myspace.com/stfunz

  41. canyouhelpme  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 0

    I’m not alone?

  42. LOVE RAY  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the song! Anything by Ray is amazing!

  43. CA  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    I hated it! was like an extended beer commercial – or a wine, or jeans, or condoms….yuck – he needs to go back to his roots!

  44. mtnlaurel  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    How can you not LOVE this?! A different side of Ray completely.

  45. mtnlaurel  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    How can you NOT love this?!
    A whole new side of Ray, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! And GO MEG for inspiring him.

  46. karl  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    Its sweet, but a little bit dorky. Not at all what I would expect from Ray. Still looking forward to his new album though. Although I agree with another person here that said this is easily a song I’ll be skipping when I listen to the album.

    I guess he achieves what he wanted with this. Lots o attention. This is probably the most comments Ray’s had here in all the posts about him put together.

  47. craig  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    not sure what to think.. must be a joke.

  48. Personally I love Ray’s music, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with him twice, once over beers while he was here in Toronto. He is a very shy person and this shows us a side of him that he hardly ever reveals. I can’t wait for him to come back here on October 7th. I love the people who write him off because of this song…I always love the way Ray tells a story through his songs…cheers all,

  49. Jen  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    Is it possible to suddenly hate Meg White and want to be here at the same time?

  50. Jen  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2008 0

    Her. Be HER. That’ll teach me not to proof-read.

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