Song of the Day #1,599: ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ – Hootie & The Blowfish

Of all the songs I’m writing about over the next couple of weeks, this throwaway pop hit by Hootie & The Blowfish is the one that I most felt was written with me in mind.

In 1994, I was a couple of years into my relationship with the woman who would become my wife, and this song became our unofficial anthem because it so eerily described us.

She laughed at me when I looked at other girls, I never danced while she never sang, I pouted until I got my way. And then there were the Dolphins and Bob Dylan references. Those were two of my obsessions then as they are now (and as they were for years before the 90s).

As a long-suffering Dolphins fan, it was bizarre to hear a singer admit that the team had brought him to tears. Given the past few seasons, Darius Rucker must be on the verge of suicide.

You and me, we come from different worlds
You like to laugh at me when I look at other girls
Sometimes you’re crazy then you wonder why
I’m such a baby ’cause the Dolphins make me cry
But there’s nothing I can do
I’ve been looking for a girl like you

You look at me, you got nothing left to say
I’m gonna pout at you until I get my way
I won’t dance, you won’t sing
I just wanna love you but you wanna wear my ring
But there’s nothing I can do
I only wanna be with you
You can call me a fool
I only wanna be with you

Put on a little Dylan
Sittin’ on a fence
I said, “That line is great,” you asked me what it meant by
“Said I shot a man named Gray
Took his wife to Italy
She inherited a million bucks, and when she died it came to me
I can’t help it if I’m lucky”
I only wanna be with you
Ain’t Bobby so cool
I only wanna be with you

Yeah I’m tangled up in blue
I only wanna be with you
You can call me a fool
Only wanna be with you

Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever end
You get so mad at me when I go out with my friends
Sometimes you’re crazy then you wonder why
I’m such a baby, yeah, the Dolphins make me cry
But there’s nothing I can do
I only wanna be with you
You can call me a fool
I only wanna be with you
Yeah I’m tangled up in blue
I only wanna be with you

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,599: ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ – Hootie & The Blowfish

  1. Dana says:

    Ha! You really could have written the lyrics to this song. Eerily descriptive of you.

  2. Amy says:

    This is a great example of how the more specific a piece of writing is the more likely it will resonate. You think of all the general platitudes written in love songs that don’t come anywhere near as close to the power and charm of these details. Always loved this song, and I always think of you guys when I hear it (though the film Ted did give me a new comical way to view it ;)

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