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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus

Hootie & the Blowfish’s fifth studio effort is the first to feature extensive co-songwriting credits, as well as a few well-placed guest musicians. Recording Looking for Lucky in Nashville after wrapping up the tour for their 2004 Best Of set, Hootie & the Blowfish were joined by Fairweather Johnson producer Don Gehman as well as engineer Nick Brophy, who contributed some programming and “great noises” to the songs. That doesn’t mean Darius Rucker is suddenly singing through a vocoder, or Jim Sonefeld has been replaced by the tinfoil prattle of electronic percussion. No way. Hootie & the Blowfish sound as natural as ever on Looking for Lucky, their ear for melody intact through a slick 12-song set of rootsy pop with insightful nods to country, blues, and gospel. Brophy’s work is clear on “Hey Sister Pretty,” where a guitar effect broods behind the main vocal and the song is mixed like a single from Train or Better Than Ezra. Rucker still sings in that rousing baritone, and the harmonies and acoustic strum tag it as Hootie. But the band’s sound benefits from the slight makeover — nothing fancy, just a slight tweak toward modernization. Elsewhere on Lucky, additional songwriting from folks like Matraca Berg and the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara brings more depth to the lyrics and arrangements. So “Smile” gives Rucker a chance to sing in a slightly higher register, while “Leaving” is a gently mischievous hybrid of progressive bluegrass and pop with New Grass Revival members Sam Bush and John Cowan guesting on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals. Other Looking for Lucky highlights include John Hobbs’ organ on “Get Out of My Mind” adding punch to its already bustling chorus — “Mind” also finds Rucker drinking alone again — and the evocative “Killing Stone,” the collaboration with Berg, which would fit nicely on a contemporary country album.

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Hootie & the Blowfish

Music

Looking For Lucky

  1. State Your PeaceLyrics
  2. Hey Sister PrettyLyrics
  3. The Killing StoneLyrics
  4. Get Out Of My MindLyrics
  5. Another Year’s Gone ByLyrics
  6. Can I See YouLyrics
  7. A SmileLyrics
  8. One LoveLyrics
  9. LeavingLyrics
  10. Autumn JonesLyrics
  11. Free To EveryoneLyrics
  12. Waltz Into MeLyrics

Lyrics

State Your Peace

Why am I always the last one to say how I feel?
It’s like driving down the middle of the road
with no hands on the wheel
And I keep hearing stories about the guy who was killed while he prayed
Well you should go ahead and say it ’cause we’re all gonna die anyway
State your peace,
go ahead and say it I swear it can’t get much worse
Make a piece of history,
a blessing from a curse, before it gets worse
You can try and be a hero but people keep dying everyday
You can keep earning money but your money keeps burning away
And it feels like the future’s always waiting on the tip of my tongue
Like a cat holding back ’till it’s too late the damage is done
State your peace,
go ahead and say it,
I swear it can’t get much worse
Make a piece of history,
a blessing from a curse, before it gets worse
You can try and change the world by showing everyone a better way
But the world’s gonna do what the world’s gonna do at the end of the day
State your peace,
go ahead and say it,
I swear it can’t get much worse
Make your peace with history,
a blessing from a curse
State your peace
blow it wide open, did you find you an oyster pearl
Make your piece with history
you just might be the one who can change the world
Can you save the world
You can change the world

Hey Sister Pretty

Something so innocent,
began then came and went
keeps coming back to around to haunt you in the end
You think we’re fighting now,
it’s all the same somehow,
loves tortured all artist wrecks the masterpiece again
Used to be clear what the looking glass said,
now everything’s hazy baby nothing’s making sense

Hey sister pretty, your lips are on the city,
everybody’s waiting for the honeymoon to end
I’m still trying to stop this thing from dying,
don’t forget to kiss me before you beat me up again

Nothing so powerful yet so frustrating,
Nothing so personal as a gift that’s from your heart
Nothing so damaging so devastating,
Nothing so close yet so far apart

It used to be clear what the looking glass said,
now everything’s hazy baby nothing’s making sense
Hey sister pretty, your lips are on the city,
everybody’s waiting for the honeymoon to end
I’m still trying to stop this thing from dying,
don’t forget to kiss me before you beat me up again
Hey sister pretty, your lips are on the city,
everybody’s waiting for the honeymoon to end
I’m still trying to stop this thing from dying,
Don’t forget to kiss me before you beat me up again
Don’t forget to kiss me before you beat me up you beat me up again

The Killing Stone

I heard a preacher man speaking on the radio
Remember thinking that I’d like to tell him where to go
Go back to that book that you’ve been waving around
Open it up, and go to that part about
You without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
He’s turning it over, to the other side
He’s turning it over now, ’cause now you can’t hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath
The killing stone, oh
Saw another fella talking on the TV show
Trying to tell me how to live and just how I should vote
He says he believes in the sanctity of life
100,000 died
Tell me are you sanctified
Now you without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
He’s turning it over, to the other side
He’s turning it over now, ’cause you can’t hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath
The killing stone, oooohhhh
We’re all looking for redemption
But is it for our souls
You without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
You without sin, pick up that stone
He’s turning it over, to the other side
He’s turning it over, turning it over now ’cause you can’t hide
All that lies beneath, all the lies beneath
You can’t hide beneath
The killing stone, oh, oh, oh
Killing stone
Oh no, you’re down on
(The killing stone)
Stone, stone, oh
(The killing stone)
Stone

Get Out Of My Mind

Last night had a crazy dream
You were everywhere it seemed
You were filling up my soul
Doin’ everything to make me whole
Read about you in the Sunday paper
Saw your face on the evening news
When I woke everything was gone
And I remembered we were through
Don’t come ’round here no more

CHORUS
Hey get out of my mind
Then you tell me we got things to say
You come around here looking so fine
Makes it so hard to walk away
Oh, get out of my head
Because that look there could leave me dead
Then you tell me that you love me

Remember you were the one to leave
I came back home and I couldn’t believe
I know I would have given anything
You took it all and you made me think
Why would she leave me for another man
What does he have, Lord, that I don’t have
I see you stayin’ in his fancy home
I put on Lauren and I drink alone and say
Don’t come ’round here no more

CHORUS

I’ll be there for you
I remember when I said that I would
Always love you, too
I lied
Don’t come around no more

CHORUS X 2

Another Year’s Gone By

Oh my God what do I see, over my shoulder
Now that a year’s gone by
Can’t escape this memory, its burning brighter
Now that a year’s gone by
And I try, not to linger, but I’ll still cry
Now that a year’s gone by
I hope we’ll try to find some peace
Take from our history what is meant to be
Eventually the truth is plain to see
Another year’s gone by
Oh my God it’s part of me, this burning anger
I feel the fever rise, fill my heart with harmony
Let it spill over, touch us deep inside
So an eye, it won’t be taken, for an eye
Now that a year’s gone by
I hope we’ll try to find some peace
Take from our history what is meant to be
Eventually the truth is plain to see
Another year’s gone by
Oh my God please answer me, why are we fighting
If you’re on everybody’s side
If we can’t stop this misery in your name and put our fear aside
We’ll be gone before we know it, blink of an eye
Another year’s gone by
I hope we’ll try to find some peace
Take from our history what is meant to be
Eventually the truth is plain to see
Another year’s gone by

Can I See You

I thought the ghost was starting to fade
It hadn’t haunted me in days
Just when the sun was coming through
Coincidence out of the blue
I see you
With your smile
You knock me to my knees
You don’t mean to me
But you still got that hold on me
When I see you
It happens when I’m all alone
Sometimes your presence is so strong
I try to sleep
Turn out the lights
Say my prayers and close my eyes
And I see you
With a smile
You knock me to my knees
You don’t mean to
But you’ve still got that hold on me
When I see you

Any time of day
Anywhere I go
Any song on the radio
I hear your voice
I feel your touch
In the strangest places you show up
Can I see you

With your smile
You knock me to my knees
You don’t mean to
But you’ve still got that hold on me, yeah
Can I see you
Can I see you
Can I see you

A Smile

They pulled the switch that sent me far
Into the rich and distant stars
Bounced me back into your car
Returning with a smile
Constantly in rotation
An astronaut on the radio station
Passing on that sweet sensation
If only for a while
A smile finally saved me, found me and repaid me
For all the time that I’ve put in
And now I’m smiling back again
Just smile for a while
We’ve just begun to smile
A canyon cracks a smile at me
As I pass at 80,000 feet
Revolving only to receive America, America
Please be free, be a part of me
We need unilateral harmony
Something that will help us be
Better than before
A smile finally saved me, found me and repaid me
For all the time that I’ve put in
And now I’m smiling back again
Just smile for a while
We’ve just begun to smile
As I wander through
It’s all right in front of you
Every moment matters in the end
Smile at what used to be
The glory and the agony
Smile at a memory
Smile at your enemies, yeah
A smile finally saved me, found me and repaid me
For all the time that I’ve put in
And now I’m smiling back again
Just smile for a while
We’ve just begun to smile
Smile for a while
Smile

One Love

Sunshine, on the horizon
Over two young lovers, while it’s going down
Somewhere, the same sun rising
On another two lovers, as the world goes `round

Same scene played over and over
Same sweet passion, same warm blood
Softly speaking the universal language
So many lovers, one love

CHORUS
One love might make the difference (One Love)
Might take the walls and tear them down
One light might keep on shining (One Love)
If we take one love and we spread it around

Old religions, new generations
Caught in a struggle about a righteous way
Can’t see the forest for all the frustrations
So many lyin’, so many dyin’
But only one love

CHORUS

Too many stories, weave a common thread
Too many roads traveled, all reach the same end

Same scene play’s over and over now
Same young passion, same red blood
Universal language goes unspoken
Too much hatred, to much hatred now
But only one love

CHORUS X 2

Sunshine, on the horizon
Over two young lovers, while it’s going down

Leaving

I was a little lost
Rode home on my bicycle
The night was warm and it was June
Charleston gets so hot so soon
It reminded me of leaving

Walked into a crowded room
Looked around for a place to stand
Everyone I did not know, and knew
Reminded me of you
Reminded me of leaving, this evening
Reminded me of leaving,
Reminded me of you

Stood so near the ocean
Wearing only your birthday suits
We were tripping eight miles high
Shooting stars, your blue disguise
Reminded me of leaving, this evening
Reminded me of leaving, just breathing
Reminded me of leaving

I was a little lost

Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones
When you fell and cut your knee when you were six
You said it wasn’t nothing that you couldn’t fix
Life would be long
Autumn Jones
Do you remember when your Daddy said goodbye
How you blamed yourself as tears fell from your eye
He was gone
Autumn Jones
Yeah, I understand your soul feels like cryin’
You have every reason to there’s no denying
But the last thing you should do is let them
Turn your heart to stone
Oh, please be strong
Autumn Jones
Remember sitting watching years just pass you by
Why weren’t you feeling all those dreams you held inside
Life never lies
But I understand your soul feels like cryin’
You have every reason to there’s no denying
But the last thing you should do is let them
Turn your heart to stone
Oh, please be strong
Autumn Jones
Now you’re standing at the altar all alone
Feeling everything you ever had is gone
Ain’t life a song
Well, I understand your soul feels like cryin’
You have every reason to there’s no denying
But the last thing you should do is let them
Turn your heart to stone
Please be strong
‘Cause I understand your soul feels like cryin’
Oh, you have every reason to there’s no denying
But the last thing you should do is let them
Turn your heart to stone
Ain’t life a song
Autumn Jones

Free To Everyone

Look so pretty sitting there
Could you be the one
All it costs to find out is time
Story upon story upon what you call your life
Blaming everybody but yourself
Hey, love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You can share with everyone
Love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You know you can share with everyone
Little pretty standing there
Can you give me some time
I was thinking we might have some fun
Layer upon layer upon never thinking twice
I wanna be somebody not myself, no
‘Cause love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You know you can share with everyone
Hey, love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You can share with everyone
Cannot have the rain without the clouds up in the sky
Don’t put the cart before the horse, when you’re looking for a ride
You put one foot in front of the other baby when you need to, you need to run
You better find what makes you happy before you fall for anyone
Fall for anyone, fall for anyone
Love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You can share with everyone
Hey, love is free to everyone
Once you find it in yourself
You know you can share with everyone
Share with everyone
Love is free to everyone

Waltz Into Me

Years of trying to keep myself free
Now I find that I’m down on my knees
I kept hiding the feeling I had
Locked away every day, Lonesome and sad
When I’m with you girl, the fear in me leaves
To be in your world is all that I dream
When I walk away you waltz into me
Softly, Slowly

Time has shown me the error of my ways
I try to find you day after day
Our time has come now, our friends have all said
Waltz into me, talk to me
Our love has no end

When I’m with you girl, the fear in me leaves
To be in your world is all that I dream
When I walk away you waltz into me
Softly, Slowly
I’ve hidden as long as I can

BRIDGE
I see it’s all in my head
You’re the best thing I’ve ever had
Won’t you dance with me night after night

When I’m with you girl, the fear in me leaves
To be in your world is all that I dream
When I walk away you waltz with me
Softly, slowly
Then you hold me softly
And you love me slowly
You know that our love has no end

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