Song of the Day #1,683: ‘Ho Hey’ – The Lumineers

lumineersAs a Song of the Day blogger, I love this time of year. Starting in mid-December, I can run year-end recap material for months.

I start with my own personal list of favorite songs from 2012, then move on to great music videos and follow that up with a look at the critical consensus. But even then I find I haven’t hit all the bases. This week I’m featuring a few songs that fell through all of those cracks.

First up is ‘Ho Hey,’ the minimalist but infectious hit by The Lumineers. Somehow this song escaped my attention until just a few weeks ago when I saw it listed in Entertainment Weekly as one of the best singles of the year.

I then saw the album on Amazon.com for just $3.99 so I grabbed it. My first exposure to most of the songs has been a shrug… they’re as bare-bones as this one but lack the appealing chorus. Perhaps a few listens will pull things into focus.

I do enjoy the hell out of this song, though.

(Ho hey, ho hey)

(Ho) I been trying to do it right
(Hey) I been living a lonely life
(Ho) I been sleepin’ here instead
(Hey) I been sleepin’ in my bed
(Ho) I been sleepin’ in my bed (Hey ho)

(Ho) So show me family
(Hey) All the blood that I will bleed
(Ho) I don’t know where I belong
(Hey) I don’t know where I went wrong
(Ho) But I can write a song (Hey)

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweet’ (Ho)

(Hey, ho hey)

(Ho) I don’t think you’re right for him
(Hey) Think of what it might have been if we
(Ho) Took a bus to Chinatown
(Hey) I’d be standin’ on canal (Ho) and Bowery (Hey)
(Ho) She’d be standin’ next to me (Hey)

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart

Love we, need it now
Let’s hope, for some
‘Cause oh, we’re bleedin’ out

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweet’ (Ho hey, ho hey)

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,683: ‘Ho Hey’ – The Lumineers

  1. Dana says:

    In a pre Grammy article, I had read a bit about this band’s story, which I found to be fascinating. Just a few years ago, the band was going nowhere trying to make it in their hometown New York, so they moved out to Denver , a less competitive musical environment. They would play today’s song amongst others in small bars to 42 listeners. This song would always get the best reception. They then got invited to play a gig n New York as an “out of town” band,and they became noticed. Two years later, they have sold 900,000 records and were nominated for a Grammy.

    The song is infectious and, for their sake, I hope they are not one hit wonders.

  2. Amy says:

    But if they are one hit wonders, what a hit. :) At least this is one that won’t make them hang their heads in shame 20 years from now. I loved their appearance on SNL a couple of weeks ago; the thought of their journey from Denver bars to that live televison audience gave me goosebumps.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I have the same feelings about this song as I do about “Home” by Phillip Phillips. It has nice lyrics that no one cares about or sings, because they keep on thinking about when the nonsense words will come and everyone will start dancing and enjoying the song. Truthfully this song might do O.K if it didn’t have the “Ho Hey” part, but to me it’s just a cheap gimmick to trick the audience in to thinking that the song is better than is. Although you can “write a song” you could have more appreciated verses about “taking buses to Chinatown” if you took out two words

  4. Andrea Katz says:

    I agree with the Cool Guy. I find the ho/hey off-putting. I want to say how impressed I am by your thoughts on music!

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