So many songs get into our bloodstream from radio or other incidental sources. We hear a catchy tune and enjoy it, but maybe never learn the name of the song or who sings it. Maybe we decipher only some of the lyrics.
One of these for me was “Hook,” by Blues Traveler. I only recently learned the identity of this one when it popped up on Pandora.
I thought, oh, this song. I immediately recognized it even though I didn’t really know it. I’m sure I’ve heard it many times over the years, but couldn’t have told you the name of the song or the band.
But now I knew, from Pandora. The name seemed odd to me for some reason. Hook. I don’t know why it would seem like anything, since I couldn’t have told you what the song was about. I just liked the familiar sound of it.
Curious about what year it was released, I looked it up on Wikipedia where I learned it came out in 1994, and:
The song’s title refers to a hook in music terminology: the catchy element or phrase of a song which makes it distinctive and memorable. The song’s lyrics assert that whatever the singer sings about is effectively meaningless, since the song’s musical hook will keep listeners coming back, even if they are unaware of the reason.
I’ve been hoodwinked!
And I love that I’ve been hooked in this way for nearly twenty years.
It might have helped if I’d understood the chorus better. I always thought he was saying, “The heart brings you back.” But this is so much better:
It doesn’t matter what I say
So long as I sing with inflection
That makes you feel that I’ll convey
Some inner truth of vast reflection
But I’ve said nothing so far
And I can keep it up for as long as it takes
And it don’t matter who you are
If I’m doin’ my job, it’s your resolve that breaks
Because the hook brings you back
I ain’t tellin’ you no lie
The hook brings you back
On that you can rely