Song of the Day #1,340: ‘Hold My Hand’ – Hootie & the Blowfish

Best 90s Artists – #3 – Hootie & the Blowfish

Hootie & the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View was the best-selling non-country, non-soundtrack album of the 90s. That seems like a lot of qualifiers, I know, but coming in fourth to Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and The Bodyguard isn’t too shabby.

Cracked Rear View sold more than 16 million units, a number unimaginable today. Consider that Adele’s current amazing yearlong streak has amounted to about 7 million sales and you’ll get an idea of how much different the landscape is now.

In the 90s people still bought albums and they bought this one in droves. Looking back, it’s hard to see why this album touched such a nerve. Was it Darius Rucker’s soulful vocals, which perfectly complemented the laid back soft-rock music? Was it the oddball band name? The refreshing dynamic of a black lead singer fronting an otherwise white band?

What miracle combination of sound and image made this album, and not one of a dozen others just as worthy, one of the biggest hits in pop history?

We’ll never know. And years later, it’s probably difficult to track down anybody who would admit to owning this album, let alone loving it.

I did both. And on the rare occasion that I pull it out and give it a listen for the sake of nostalgia, I’m not only transported back to the 90s, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that this remains a very good album.

I think it’s about time it became cool to like Hootie again. Who’s with me?

With a little love, and some tenderness
We’ll walk upon the water
We’ll rise above the mist
With a little peace, and some harmony
We’ll take the world together
We’ll take ‘em by the hand

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you
‘Cause I wanna run with you

Yesterday, I saw you standing there
Your head was down, your eyes were red
No comb had touched your hair
I said get up, and let me see you smile
We’ll take a walk together
Walk the road awhile, ’cause

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you
I’ve got a hand for you
‘Cause I wanna run with you
Won’t you let me run with you? yeah

Hold my hand
Want you to hold my hand
Hold my hand
I’ll take you to a place where you can be
Hold my hand
Anything you wanna be because
I wanna love you the best that, the best that I can

See I was wasted, and I was wasting time
‘Till I thought about your problems, I thought about your crimes
Then I stood up, and then I screamed aloud
I don’t wanna be part of your problems
Don’t wanna be part of your crowd, no

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you
I’ve got a hand for you
‘Cause I wanna run with you
Ah, won’t you let me run with you?

Hold my hand
Want you to hold my hand
Hold my hand
I’ll take you to the promised land
Hold my hand
Maybe we can’t change the world but
I wanna love you the best that, the best that I can, yeah

Hold my hand
Want you to hold my hand
Hold my hand
I’ll take you to a place where you can be
Hold my hand
Anything you wanna be because
I…Oh…No, No, No, No, No

Hold my hand
Want you to hold my hand
Hold my hand
I’ll take you to the promised land
Hold my hand
Maybe we can’t change the world but
I wanna love you the best that, best that I can
Oh, The best that I can

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,340: ‘Hold My Hand’ – Hootie & the Blowfish

  1. Dana says:

    I’m with you.

    And this is the first pick you have selected that reminds me that I did buy and listen to SOME new music in the 90’s:)

    Admitting to liking Hootie in the 90’s (or even now) is a bit like admitting you liked Huey Lewis and the News in the 80’s. So call me a sucker for well packaged American pop with an affable lead singer. Guilty as charged!

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