Billboard's Rundown of Musical Chairs
I Will Wait: The first single is instantly recognizable Hootie--mid tempo, toe tapping, catchy chorus, and uncharacteristically happy lyrics. "That's because it's got nothing to do with me," says Darius Rucker, with a laugh. "I wrote it about my best friend's parents. He was in the Navy and was always gone, and she would always be there waiting for him."
Wishing: Propulsive, guitar driven REM-like alternative rock track with Rucker and Mark Bryan, the song's primary writer, sharing lead vocals. A very appealing twist from the band. It was written near the end of the last tour when "you could tell that nobody wanted to be out on tour anymore, so I was wishing it all away." says Bryan. "It was the most depressed I've ever been being in this band, and there was not a favorable word about us in the press anywhere. The Fans were the only thing keeping us going." Likely third single.
Las Vegas Nights: First of the album's many folkie, country-tinged cuts on the album. Simmering and filled with longing.
Only Lonely: Written for possible inclusion in th eupcoming Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie, "You've Got Mail." The music had already been written; Rucker then added words after reading the movie script. The band is still waiting to hear if the song will be on the soundtrack. Potential second single.
Answer Man: midtempo tune with genial singing style that belies the tough talking lyrics. Basically a kiss-off song telling the other person to get a grip and stop depending on someone else for all the answers.
Michelle Post: Stripped down country tune written primarily by Dean Felber years ago about a fictional messed-up girl who speaks her mind and the guy who's in unrequited love with her. "I showed it to the boys when we were writing songs for Fairweather Johnson or even for CRV, and they shot it down in flames," Felber recalls.
Bluesy Revolution: Even though it's midtempo, it has a ghugging appealing density that gives it great heaviness. Among the first songs written for the album.
Home Again: Lovely sing along ballad about returning to one's past.
One By One: Eagles tinged medtempo country tune with lyrics inspired by Rucker's thinking of how his family only gets together for funerals or weddings and how everyone leaves one by one. Written lovingly about his adoring Aunt Inez, who then died unexpectedly two weeks later. "The first time I sat and ever played guitar for my family was the night of her funeral." Rucker says.
Desert Mountain Showdown: Lighthearted sweetheart of a song. "Besides the drums, it's straight bluegrass" says Rucker. "I was trying to sound like Doc Watson." A concert favorite.
What's Going On Here?: Slinky love song with saxaphone and Rucker throwing in his best Barry White impersonation. "I cna't stop loving Darious because he actually growls in this song. I'ts the first time I've heard him do that," says Jim Sonefeld, joking. "We call it the 'Midnight Hootie' song."
What Do You Want From Me Now?: R&B tinged, organ-laden smooth tune that deals with a slightly troubled relationship.
Closet Full Of Fear: A Hidden track. as the band was recording B-sides, it decided this jangly tune should be included on the album but opted to throw it on the end.