Let Her Cry

Album: Cracked Rear View (1994)
Charted: 9

Songfacts®:

  • This was the follow-up to Hootie & the Blowfish's debut single "Hold My Hand," and it also scored great success. The song is about a man struggling to cope with his alcoholic wife, something covered the same year in the motion picture When A Man Loves A Woman. Frontman Darius Rucker stated in numerous interviews that he wrote the song based on his past, but with the genders reversed - he was the irresponsible drunk whose long-suffering girlfriend tried to keep things together. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • In America, Cracked Rear View stands as the best selling debut album in history. Guns N' Roses held that mark with Appetite For Destruction until 2018, when the RIAA certified Hootie's album at 21 million, besting the 18 million for Appetite.

Comments: 8

  • Nic from Dandridge, Tnit's "DAR'S the 1 I love the most, a& STIPE'S not far behind.

    .......geeeeez!
  • Pedro from PortugalBrian from Boston. You said it all. Your first comment is very good. Clever
    And I will try to be impartial, cause I love rock and don't remember to listen at all to Hootie.. See, their phenomenon in USA didn't happened in my country. Well, I think Hootie are fine. This song is a good song, better that 90% of many hits today.. The other "hold my hand" I didn't like so much, but its ok
    But just my opinion, from a Led Zeppelin fan, who came here to KNOW hootie, and I like music with real instruments
    Again, I love your comment.
  • C. Larson from Portland A google search of the lyrics often (incorrectly) reads "Dad's the one I love the most" but search with the song including misheard song lyrics.

  • C. Larson from Portland I believe it says "Dar's the one I love the most and Stipe's not far behind." Dar is the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish; Stipe is the lead singer of R.E.M.
  • Tracy from Minneapolis, MnI figured out by myself that this was about an enabler, lol. However, when I just listened to it again today (7/22/2014) I got the idea it was about an child of an alcoholic mother. Note that the words say "Dad's the one she loves most" and then later, the words say, "Help me momma, won't you please hold my hand". Also, when it says "I went out to look for you" Who is he looking for? God? Maybe, but maybe his Dad could be who he is looking for. Again, Alcoholic mom, co-dependant/enabler dad and poor lonely son not knowing what to do. This is how I grew up, but I am an only girl child. ;-)
  • Brian from Boston, MaTo Amber from Montgomery.I think that is a cool story.I always like to hear trivia about the music I like.I am a fan of both bands and that story just goes to show that good music inspires good music.
  • Brian from Boston, MaWhen this album was popular in the 90s Hootie and The Blowfish were on the radio constantly. I liked their music but I remember actually getting sick of hearing it because it was just on so much.Now I turn the radio on and I hear all sorts of electronica rapp dance overproduced crap.Good luck finding guitar oriented music on the radio. This just goes to show how spoiled we were in the 90s with so much good rock music. Hootie,Pearl Jam,Counting Crows Black Crows , Gin Blossoms.These are just good rock and roll bands.
  • Amber from Montgomery, AlI saw Hootie and the Blowfish about four years ago, and Darius Rucker said the inspiration came from the Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels". He said he wanted to write a song like that, but from a different perspective.
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