Today’s Random Weekend selection is the title track of Darius Rucker’s 2008 album Learn to Live. This was Rucker’s second solo release, following 2002’s Back to Then, and his first foray into country music.
The shift to country paid off, as this album went platinum and earned Rucker both radio play and awards recognition previously unheard of for a Black performer.
Rucker has released four more studio albums since this one, with three hitting #1 and one #2 on the country chart.
What a fascinating second chapter for the man who helmed one of the most successful “one-album wonder” bands of the 90s.
Grandpa Campbell would sit upon his front porch
And I would be right there just sitting on his knees
He would tell stories of love and feast and famine
And I would hang onto every word that he would breathe
He would say, Boy as you walk through this life
Here is a little wisdom that will help you get by
You got to live and learn, you got to crash and burn
You got to take some stances and take some chances
You got to laugh and love and take all life has to give
You got to live and learn so you can learn to live
So I left home and I went to Carolina
I then set off just to see what I could see
I did some things that I was not really proud of
And sometimes life just got the best of me
But I would always think back to those days
And I know what Grandpa Campbell would say
After years of running around and searching
I found me a woman who loves me just for me
All those mistakes I thought that I was making
Led me right here to you sitting on my knees