Crystal Bowersox New Song “Dead Weight” – First Listen! (AUDIO)

Crystal Bowersox debuts her first single “Dead Weight” from her upcoming album on Ryan! The American Idol season 9 runner-up is set to release her sophomore record, titled All That For This in March.

“This song means more to me than even I can completely comprehend,” Crystal tells, “I feel like it’s one of those tunes where the meaning will get deeper and deeper over time as you start to really live, and actualize the words into your existence. It’s about knowing in your heart, that not knowing the outcome is perfectly acceptable; breathe. I’m still figuring it out, myself.”

Listen below! RCA tried and failed to promote Crystal to AAA radio. But now, with the recent success of Phillip Phillips in that format, hopefully her new label, Shanachie Records, will have better luck.

Check out the lyrics from

If it’s meant to be then baby just let it be, let it be
Don’t go beatin’ dead horses keep steady your course and you’ll see
Sing a Lullaby to all things impossible, impeding lies
Just hold tight to your soul, it’s the only thing no one can keep

If you don’t know I’ll tell you now
Lay down your load and wipe your brow
Cause if you’re holding onto dead weight its just holding you down
Are you gonna sink or swim
You better let it go now

I hear my lover sigh, but I know that nothing’s set in black and while
Oh but as I get older each moment means more than the last
So I say we waste our time our innocence
And cheap red wine

We’ll sing well into the night
That light’ll be coming up fast
If you don’t know I’ll tell you now

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  • Dancin

    just plain awesome!!!  love crystal can’t wait for her cd

  • jackiej22

    “The American Idol season 9 winner is set to release her sophomore record, titled All That For This in March.”…… Season 9 winner? What happened to Lee DeWyze?

  • girlygirltoo

    I like this a lot. Crystal is such a strong songwriter. I hope her label and management can get this onto AAA radio.

  • standtotheright

    That is nicely done. The backing vocals are uplifting without being sledgehammer-blunt inspirational.

    I hope this finds an audience.

  • girlygirltoo
  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nice! Good luck to Crystal with her new music.

  • curly_yenta

    I’m not that impressed to be honest. Pretty forgettable tune. Shrug. Good luck to her tho.

  • jackiej22

    Nice fix.

  • chillj

    Well, there are technical winners and the real winners.

  • James M.

    Who’s Lee DeWyze?


  • chillj

    Crystal looks about ten in that photograph!  Nice, smooth, strong  song.  

  • Fan Dja

    Nice for Crystal to get this premiere from Seacrest.  So true about music being a matter of taste, this is just meh for me but happy for her and her fans.  Gina Orr is sure doing something right.  Glad David A is with her too. 

  • DB987

    I like the song not so much the picture. Some of it reminds me of Natalie Merchant a little. Goodluck to her.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    I was pleasantly surprised and rather impressed by Crystal’s last album, so I wish her the best, but this song does not sound particularly radio-friendly to me, so I don’t expect it to rise higher then ~30 on AAA, if chart at all.

  • Valentin432

    I like Crystal and the song is ok but this song doesn’t seem radio friendly at all.

  • Seth McHale

    No, Who was the Season 8 winner. 

  • Eilonwy

    The odd beat saves it from being swoopy-goopy… I’m not in love with it, but I wouldn’t change the station to get rid of it, and I’m curious about the rest of the album.

    When aiming for AAA radio and/or the SXSW crowd, I’m not gonna predict what will or won’t catch on. Hope this does what Bowersox’s team wants it to do. #insufficientlyplaidcladtobeculturalarbiter

  • Sassycatz

    Very pretty. Not sure it’s a single but it’s a nice song for an album. 


    I loved her first album so hope this one is as good or better. She is a talent.

  • Niall

    Nice to hear Crystal again. “Farmer’s Daughter” remains one of my favorite releases by an AI alum. I hope she hits the festival circuit. I’d still love to see her at Bonaroo.

  • girlygirltoo

    Crystal will be playing SXSW again this year. Don’t know about the other festivals.

  • erwrocks

    Love it.  Smooth, sexy, bluesy and so Crystal.  Like Farmer’s Daughter, I could just loop this and love hearing in it my earphones, over and over again.

  • roarpen

    Regardless of whether or not this is radio-friendly, this is really good. I’m impressed.

  • overthetop1

    This sounds like a movie track.

  • ladymctech

    Lee is signed to Vanguard Records and recording the songs he has written for his second album. He had a several city tour last fall and has several gigs coming up this year, including Viper Ally in his hometown area in April.

  • H.A.

    I loved her first album and I love this song. She’s so pretty. Crystal should be huge.

  • Tinawina

    I like this song. Still love Crystal.

    That picture looks a bit like a poster for a hippie porno. LOL

  • LA944

    Love it! She is a very talented singer/songwriter/musician. The real deal. I don’t know if it is radio friendly or not. If it’s not–that’s too bad. Radio could sure use some more quality music and real singers IMO. Really looking forward to her new cd.

  • Caro3278sweet

    That voice. That voice. She could sing anything and I’d be listening.

    I have no idea if she’ll get AAA play. I’ve heard worse on there and I’ve heard better. If she belongs on radio at all, AAA is where she’ll get play. But you know what? I don’t care – I’m buying her because of that voice. Man, that voice.

    “I feel like it’s one of those tunes where the meaning will get deeper and deeper over time as you start to really live, and actualize the words into your existence. 

    Crystal, babe. Stick to the songwriting. Whenever anyone says actualize and existence in the same sentence, I fight nausea. 

  • revolution

    Crystal will start touring on March 1st, She will be busy in March when you add SXSW to this schedule: 

    Fri  Mar 01 8:00 pm S.P.A.C.E. Evanston, IL
    Sat Mar 02 8:00 pm The Arcada Theater  St Charles, IL
    Tue Mar 05 8:00 pm The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
    Wed Mar 06 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm Joe’s Pub, New York, NY
    Thu Mar 07 7:30 pm The Hamilton, Washington, DC
    Fri Mar 08 8:00 pm Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
    Sat Mar 09 7:00 pm Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT
    Sat Mar 30 8:00 pm Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA
    Sun Mar 318:00 pm Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

    Second show in New York was added after the first sold fast.

  • LA944

    How I wish that she would come to Baltimore and/or Annapolis and not DC. It such a pain in the ass getting there. In fact, I think DC just got rated the worst traffic in the country–lol.

    A great venue for Crystal would be Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis. And so convenient for me-ha! I am still going to try and make the DC show–just got to figure out who is going to drive me.

    Actually, maybe I’ll just go to Joe’s Pub instead. I need some NYC in my life –it’s been a yr since I’ve been there

  • iani

    The song, the voice are lovely, so smooth and give a calm-feeling, I’ve liked her  songs for the new album(Sundance performance). Great that she starts touring, I think people will love Crystal, her music is so the today’s radio-anti sound, even for the folk one, hopefully AAA will give her a chance though.

  • revolution

    The Hamilton is only a few blocks from Metro Center…so you could park outside DC and take the Metro in. The Hamilton is only a couple blocks from the White House, maybe Barack will stroll over and thank her for helping out in a swing county in Ohio.

  • WestiesRule

    It’s “all right” for me

  • revolution

    Toledo added to the tour on March 3rd…

    The band Monte Mar will both be opening and backing Crystal.

    Heres a link to them: