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Darius Rucker, ‘For the First Time’ [Listen]

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Darius Rucker‘s new single “For the First Time” relies on the feel-good. It’s a classic Rucker vocal performance paired with a rhythmic arrangement.

No country vocalist is as perpetually energized as Rucker, and on this song he once again brings urgency to a story about shaking off the blues. Scooter Carusoe and Derek George helped him pen his second single from an upcoming album. “For the First Time” falls in line with a familiar Rucker theme — a woman’s wants and needs come first.

Here the singer is trying to introduce himself, but that part of the story is overshadowed by a chorus that reminds us of the need to try new things. “For the First” time makes a fine end of summer song.

Did You Know?: Rucker pays homage to labelmate Gary Allan during the first verse when he weaves the title of Allan’s song “Smoke Rings in the Dark” into the lyrics.

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Darius Rucker’s “For the First Time” Lyrics:

You say you never danced to a dashboard singing R.E.M. under summer stars / Never leaned back on a jet black Chevy blowing smoke rings in the dark / You don’t want be a rumor girl and I feel just the same / Yeah, I know that you don’t know me well but we can make that change.

Chorus:

When was the last time / You did something for the first time / Let yourself go, follow that feeling / Maybe something new is what you’re needing / Like a real night, let your hair down, feel alive / When was the last time / You did something for the first time.

You say you never drank from the bottle of some 2 dollar wine / Run barefoot through the mud / Never had the right kiss stolen from your lips while you watched the sun come up / Well I know your friends are watching and they probably disapprove / But give me just half a chance, girl I’m daring you.

Now the way you’re looking says you’re leaning / I hope I ain’t reading you wrong / ‘Cause the way you’re shining, I think you’re thinking / It’s been way too long.

Let yourself go, come on, follow that feeling / Maybe something new is what you’re needing / Like a real night, let your hair down, feel alive, alive / When was the last time you did something for the first time girl.

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