November 30.2015 – The Story Behind “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” by Darius Rucker

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Darius Rucker’s debut Country single is “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” .

Darius explained why he chose this as his first single from the album: “I really would have been happy with pretty much any of the songs being the first single, but I told Frank Rogers after we finished this song in the studio that this was going to be it. I think the feel, the tempo and the sentiment all had something to do with the decision – and, everybody wants to think that there is someone out there thinking about them, don’t they?!?”

“Most songs are about the one that got away or the one you want back or pining and whining. Here’s a person that’s content, but they heard that someone they loved at one time is getting married and reflected on it. When he says ‘Don’t think I don’t think about it,’ he’s saying it to a buddy or to himself. He was fine until she got married.”

When this reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs in September 2008, Rucker became the first black singer to top the Country list since Ray Charles’ duet with Willie Nelson, “Seven Spanish Angels,” made peak position in March 1985. Charlie Pride was the only previous black Country singer to reach #1, which he achieved on more than two dozen occasions.

This was the first time Darius heard one of his Country songs being played on the radio. He recalled his reaction to The Boot: “I was in Charleston, S.C., in my car driving to the golf course by myself. We were just starting to service the song on the radio stations. It was one of those things they weren’t playing yet it. ‘Here’s a new song by Darius Rucker,’ it was one of those introductions. ‘Here’s a new song by Darius Rucker, let’s see what it sounds like.’ [Laughs] It comes on, and I’ll just never forget how great ‘Don’t Think’ sounded on the radio! The first time I heard it on the radio, I was thinking, ‘Man, the production on that song… that song is made for the radio.’

I felt like: here we go! It felt great because I was listening to the radio, and I felt like it sounded like it was supposed to be right there. Here I am, the pop guy coming over and trying to tell everybody how much I love country, and I want to make a country record. Here I’m listening to the radio where Toby Keith is playing and Brad Paisley is playing and my song comes on, and it sounds like it’s supposed to be right there. I felt like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome!’ To say I was filled with pride is an understatement. I was happy because I feel like we picked the right single. It sounded great, and it sounded like it should be on country radio.”

LYRICS: Writers: Darius Rucker, Clay Mills
I left out in a cloud of tail lights and dust
Swore I wasn’t comin’ back
Said I’d had enough

Saw you in the rearview standin’
Fadin’ from my life
But I wasn’t turnin’ round
No not this time

But don’t think I don’t think about it
Don’t think I don’t have regrets
Don’t think it don’t get to me
Between the work and the hurt and the whiskey

Don’t think I dont wonder ’bout
Could’ve been should’ve been all worked out
I know what I felt and I know what I said
But don’t think I don’t think about it

When we make choices we gotta live with them
Heard ya found a real good man and ya married him
I wonder sometimes if I cross your mind
Where would we be today
If I never drove that car away

But don’t think I don’t think about it
Don’t think I don’t have regrets
Don’t think it don’t get to me
Between the work and the hurt and the whiskey

Don’t think I dont wonder ’bout
Could’ve been should’ve been all worked out
I know what I felt and I know what I said
But don’t think I don’t think about it

Don’t think I don’t think about it

But don’t think I don’t think about it
Don’t think I don’t have regrets
Don’t think you don’t get to me
Between the work and the hurt and the whiskey

On’t think I dont wonder ’bout
Could’ve been should’ve been all worked out
I know what I felt and I know what I said
But don’t think I don’t think about it

No no
Don’t think I don’t
Don’t think I don’t
Mmmmmhhhhmmm

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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