Song of the Day #4,049: ‘She Crawls Away’ – Hootie and the Blowfish

Back in 2012, I posted a track from Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1994 smash Cracked Rear View, marvelled at the meteoric rise and just-as-quick fall of the band, and suggested that “it’s about time it became cool to like Hootie again.”

I guess I was on to something. The band is currently packing arenas on a reunion tour, and recently the New York Times’ pop music critic Jon Caramanica published a piece titled ‘Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really).’

So now is as good a time as any to take a little dip into the Blowfish waters and see what the band got up to after the world stopped paying attention.

I think everybody knows Cracked Rear View well enough already — it is currently the 19th best-selling album in U.S. history — and I have previously posted three of its best songs, so this week I will feature tracks from the five albums Hootie released after that mega-success.

First up is 1996’s Fairweather Johnson, the sophomore effort that, coming on the heels of Cracked Rear View‘s absurd popularity, never really had a chance. By the time this album came out, popular culture was ready for a Hootie backlash. The band could have released Abbey Road and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

Fairweather Johnson sold more than 2 million copies through simple inertia but didn’t produce a memorable single. That’s too bad, because the album is just as well-crafted and performed as its predecessor, with Darius Rucker’s rich vocals complementing another batch of sturdy bar-rock songs.

In an alternate universe, if the band had thrown ‘Hold My Hand’ on this album and released it as their debut, it could easily have been their mega-hit. Sometimes it’s all about timing.

I fall in, she sees me and smiles
Then she starts to hate herself again
She screams something under her breath
That I wouldn’t know if she said it out loud

She turns over to start a conversation
With a man that no one else can see
She dreams of loving me sometimes
And she makes me see what we’ve been missing

It’s like I never knew anyone so strong before
She brings the man outta me
And she makes me see that they don’t matter

I believe
We see her playin’ with another
She runs around you and then
It’s like the sun goes down and she crawls away again

She wears white pants, a Miami sweater
She says that she loves the O’s
So Uncle Dean will come by

Her smile is like sunshine
Her tears hurt like leather
She runs the show, she lets me know
Says it’s all about being the only

It’s like someone said you could have one good thing in your life
(She couldn’t be your type)
I didn’t plan for your smile
But you make me laugh when you stand dreamin’

I believe, we see her layin’ with another
She runs around you and then
It’s like the sun goes down and she crawls away again

Where were you yesterday
Now that my heart is wild and free
And my lips have room to wander
How can I say you’re needing me now
When I’ve got a plan
I know you don’t understand why my heart is sorry now

I believe
We see her waiting with another
She runs around you and then
It’s like the sun goes down and she crawls

I believe
We see her waiting with another
She runs around me and then
It’s like the sun goes down and she crawls away again

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,049: ‘She Crawls Away’ – Hootie and the Blowfish

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A few years ago, Daniel discovered Hootie and started playing some of the bigger hits on our road trips. It was nice to see another generation appreciate this music. I’m sure he will be pleased that the band has reunited, is touring and is cool again.😊

    It seems to me that Hootie’s meteoric success followed by years of obscurity is really the rule, not the exception. Music history is chock full of one hit or one album wonders. It makes us appreciate the exceptional artists who can sustain a level of success over multiple releases.

    • Clay says:

      I think that’s true to a degree, but Hootie’s experience is at a whole different level. Consider that of the top 30 best-selling albums of all-time (in the U.S.), Hootie – at #19 – is the only one with that sort of ‘fast rise-and-fall’ story. All the rest had long, successful careers.

  2. Amy says:

    The 19th best selling album of all time?! That’s crazy!!
    I have said often on this blog over the years how I only have so much time to listen to music, so I listen to what I know and love. Maybe “Cracked…” satisfied a certain empty space in the music libraries of millions. Once the slot was occupied, it was occupied. The listeners were happy to go back again and again to those familiar favorites but didn’t need more of the same. Much as you’ve accurately noted about the Indigo Girls in the past, there is a similarity to all their music. It’s what makes it easy for us to go to their concert decades later even if we only have a couple of their albums trusting that we won’t hate all the songs with which we’re unfamiliar, but it’s also what keeps us from seeking out those other records. Perhaps that’s what happened to Hootie?

    • Clay says:

      It’s a good theory, because as you’ll see this week, they definitely didn’t change their sound up at all. So you didn’t really need to pick up their later albums if you wanted to satisfy your Hootie urge.

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