“Hootie’s Gone Country” was the headline among country-related publications in the spring of 2008. This was when it was announced that Rucker would be making a foray into country music. There were definitely skeptics on how long it would last, but Rucker silenced his critics from the start with a commitment to the country format. One of his incredible material is the song “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”. The song is about a man looking back wistfully on a failed relationship. It’s about a guy who left his girl but can’t get her out of his mind. He often wonders what would have happened if he stayed and worked things out.

Significantly, the song made Rucker the first individual black artist to chart a number one country hit since Charley Pride‘s “Night Games” reached the top of the charts in September 1983.

Rucker wrote it with Clay Mills, who also co-wrote Clay Walker’s hit single “Fall.”

Darius Rucker explained the song on his record label’s website:

“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.”

To Know True Love, You Must Know Heartbreak

Being in love is arguably the greatest thing that can happen to someone; there is nothing better than finding someone who completes you.Being in love is the happiest state in which to live.

But, to fully experience all that love entails requires you to see the other end of the spectrum.

You will never appreciate love as much as those who have fully experienced it. And you will never believe in its power until your world turns completely upside down with two words: “It’s over.” When you get your heart broken, no amount of alcohol or talking about it, or anything else can make you feel better.

To love is to become vulnerable to the awful things it can bring. It includes crying yourself to sleep every night, overanalyzing, listening to the most depressing music ever, talking about it to anyone who will listen. Being heartbroken feels like everything in your life is frozen, like you are stuck in a black hole, falling. Just when you think it will stop, something worse happens.

To know love, we must know heartbreak. As much as I wish people never had to feel heartbreak, it’s vital to successful relationships. You took the risk once, well aware that this could happen. Looking back, it is still the best thing that ever happened to you, despite the pain.

Love and heartbreak are on two ends of the same spectrum; to know one, you must know the other. Know that if you are feeling sad and in the dark, things can only get better and brighter.

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