Song of the Day #510: ‘Let Her Cry’ – Hootie & the Blowfish

I recently watched the Country Music Awards for the first time in my life and was happy to see Darius Rucker win the Best New Artist trophy (the first black performer to do so). It’s funny that a guy who first hit it big 15 years ago is considered a “new artist” but, to paraphrase NBC, he was new to them.

Rucker has had quite a career resurgence in the country genre. His first three singles, like the album they come from, all hit #1 on the country charts. His big voice and easy-going manner are a perfect fit for that audience.

After watching him perform, I dug into the CD collection and dusted off my copy of Cracked Rear View. It’s a really good album (I guess it would sort of have to be to sell 16 million copies) and what struck me was that it could really pass for a country album in today’s musical landscape. If Tim McGraw or, well, Darius Rucker, released that batch of songs today it would shoot up the country charts.

I don’t know if that says something about how country music has changed or about how my perception of country music has changed… maybe a little of both.

(Love the Michael Stipe reference in this song, by the way… I’d forgotten all about it)

She sits alone by a lamppost
Trying to find a thought that’s escaped her mind
She says Dad’s the one I love the most
But Stipe’s not far behind

She never lets me in
Only tells me where she’s been
When she’s had too much to drink
I say that I don’t care, I just run my hands
Through her dark hair then I pray to God
You gotta help me fly away

And just…
Let her cry..if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing…if it eases all her pain
Let her go…let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be…let her be.

This morning I woke up alone
Found a note standin’ by the phone
Saying baby, maybe I’ll be back some day
I wanted to look for you
You walked in I didn’t know just what I should do
So I sat back down and had a beer
And felt sorry for myself.

Sayin’…
Let her cry…if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing…if it eases all her pain
Let her go…let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be…let her be.

Let her cry…if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing…if it eases all her pain
Let her go…let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be…awww…

Last night I tried to leave
Cried so much I could not believe
She was the same girl I fell in love with long ago
She went in the back to get high
I sat down on my couch and cried
Yellin’ “Oh mama, please help me!
Won’t you hold my hand?”

And
Let her cry…if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing…if it eases all her pain
Let her go…let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be…let her be.

Let her cry…if the tears fall down like rain
Let her sing…if it eases all her pain
Let her go…let her walk right out on me
And if the sun comes up tomorrow
Let her be…let her be.

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #510: ‘Let Her Cry’ – Hootie & the Blowfish

  1. Amy says:

    I was just thinking the same thing about a few albums I’ve dusted off and started listening to in the past few days: Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Come On, Come On and the Traveling Wilburys first album. Now obviousy Carpenter is country, but she’s the country as it has been so successful these past few years – the Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift variety of country. I’m wondering if she didn’t make a bigger splash years ago because she didn’t fit the Loretta Lynn country market as it was more narrowly defined then. Nor would pop stations play her songs as easily as they would today.

    Whatever it is that has changed I’m very happy for that change. It used to be that an artist such as Lyle Lovett, who just didn’t “fit” anywhere, was a rarity. I’m glad that today that seems to be the norm rather than the exception.

    As for Darius… I couldn’t be happier for him having created this second career for himself (and knocked down some more barriers in the process). Today’s song is an especially good example of the country influences in this great album,which I”m going to go dust off and play for the kids :) Thanks for the prompt.

  2. Dana says:

    While you have clearly found a fondness for country, i think that transition has been made far easier by the evolution or expansion of country into country-pop/country-rock. On the other hand Darius and his blowfish are far from the first pop/rock artists to tap into country inflluences. That trend, of course, probably started as far back as Bob Dylan and the Beatles, but continued in the 70′s with Jackson Browne and the Eagles. Perhaps with your new found appreciation of country, you should revisit your long standing dislike of the Eagles–as they did country tinged rock and pop better than almost anybody back in the day.

    So, have you bought/will you be buying Darius’ country albums? I’m curious to hear them.

  3. Clay says:

    I don’t dislike The Eagles because of their country sound… it’s more their California sound that grates on me. But I bet there are other artists I might appreciate more now that I’ve crossed over to the dark side.

    I don’t have the Rucker album yet but Alex wants to get it so I’ll probably pick it up soon.

  4. Dana says:

    I have no idea what you mean by a California sound. Is it because their most famous song is called “Hotel California?” Beyond the title and verses regarding California lifestyle, I don’t hear a California sound in the music. Besides, you seem to not have a problem with Beach Boys, and they are the epitomy of the California sound.

    Songs like “Desperado,” “Witchy Woman,” “Seven Bridges Road,” “Wasted Time,” “Best of My Love,” “I Can’t Tell You Why” are all country tinged rock songs–not California songs–and well worth giving a second listen with those new country ears of yours.

  5. Clay says:

    I don’t mean California sound as in surf rock, though I can certainly see why you’d make that connection. I’m thinking more of a laid-back, longhair, stoned and mellow vibe… more Laurel Canyon than Redondo Beach.

  6. dana says:

    Gotcha, but their sound changed from that style after Joe Walsh joined the band. I’m not a big fan of Glen Frey and his more mellow sounds definitely were more dominant early on. It’s the Henley and Walsh songs to which I gravitate.

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