Song of the Day #599: ‘All I Want’ – Darius Rucker

Former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker put out his country album Learn to Live in the middle of 2008, so it’s not really in the same category as the other albums I’m discussing this week (all of which had ’09 releases). But there’s no harm in getting it on record.

Rucker has had an impressive second act, landing this album and its first three singles at #1 on the country charts, no mean feat in general but even more impressive as he’s the first black man to make that kind of impact in country music since Charley Pride. I’m almost entirely unfamiliar with Pride, but a quick scan of his biography shows what great company Rucker is in.

Learn to Live was produced and most of its tracks co-written by Frank Rogers, the man who has produced all of Brad Paisley’s albums. Paisley plays guitar on one track (today’s SOTD, in fact). So it’s nice to see that Darius is hanging out in the wing of the country music establishment that I favor.

The album isn’t as strong as Paisley’s work but it has the same sort of good-natured charm. And of course Rucker has that voice, which is still in fine form a decade after it helped cut through all the disses of Hootie & the Blowfish as soulless, disposable pop.

The album’s best moments are its lightest ones, like today’s song and the funny ‘Drinkin’ and Dialin’.’ Some of the sentimental tracks miss their mark, with one exception: ‘It Won’t Be Like This For Long’ is another in a long line of “watching your children grow older” songs and it never fails to move me. That formula is gold in country songs and Hallmark commercials and everything else besides.

‘All I Want’ is a fun put-down song about navigating a breakup. It’s propelled by the great one-liner at its center: “Girl, all I want you to leave me is alone.”

Don’t act surprised, it ain’t like you didn’t know
Its been a long long time comin’ and it’s time for me to go
Trying to split things up could drive us crazy
So I’m gonna make this easy, baby

You can have the money
You can have the house
Take the Cadillac and that boat out back
And your mother’s pink and yellow couch
You can have every penny that I’ll make from this here song
Girl all I want you to leave me is alone

Don’t get me wrong, I will always love you girl
You were my life, you were my heart, you were my world
But we both know it’s over, there’s no need to fight it
Girl I just need some peace and quiet

So you can have the money
You can have the house
Take the Cadillac and that boat out back
And that ugly pink and yellow couch
You can have every penny that I will make from this here song
Girl all I want you to leave me is alone

You can have the money
You can have the house
Take the big screen and your diamond ring
And those shoes that you swore you couldn’t live without
You can have every penny that I will make from this here song
Girl all I want you to leave me is alone
Girl all I need you to leave me is alone

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #599: ‘All I Want’ – Darius Rucker

  1. Dana says:

    Rucker’s transition to country is certainly fascinating and I’m happy he found renewed relevance and popularity with the change.

    Today’s SOTD seems very well produced and played….always a plus in my book, but (shocker!) it’s still not my cup of tea.

  2. Amy says:

    One of the biggest kicks for me in our journey down “music row” in Nashville was driving by Capitol Records, with a HUGE poster on the side of their building congratulating Darius for his hit record. This was the street on which we were most likely to spy some of these country music superstars, though on the sleepy weekend morning we spent the majority of time wandering the row it was quite empty. Still, I loved seeing Hootie’s face staring down at us – even though I’d never heard a single note from one of his country albums.

    I like this SOTD just fine, though I’m now off to search for the sentimental “It Won’t Be Like This for Long.” As much as I relish making fun of this so specific genre of country music (and, as you point out, Hallmark cards and, maybe, GE commercials?), I’m a sucker for it nonetheless.

  3. Amy says:

    Yup, this is pretty great :)

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