Darius Rucker, Jimmy Fallon salute troops with special song

Rucker is poised for his ninth No. 1 country hit

Late last week, Darius Rucker and Jimmy Fallon performed a special song for the troops during Fleet Week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On Thursday (May 24th), Rucker and Fallon performed a parody of Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” in honor of the troops. The new song, called “Only Wanna Thank The Troops,” was a fun tongue and cheek salute to those who keep our country safe.

The pair traded lines and played guitar in front of a giant video screen that displayed a waving flag and various images of the Armed Forces. During the nearly three minute tune, many cheers were given by audience members made up of only men and women from all branches in uniform.

Lyrics such as, “We’re here to honor you and to perform / ‘Cause you look so damn good in those kick ass uniforms / Brave men and women is all I see / So let’s pass a law that says our troops can drink for free / I owe it all to you, I only wanna thank the troops / Without you we’d be screwed / I only wanna thank the troops.”

Rucker is poised to enter the top of the country charts with “For the First Time,” marking his ninth No. 1 country hit. He says the song means “living life” to the fullest and doing something you’ve never done.

“For me, that song is really about life; about going out and living life and doing something you haven’t done before, because at this point in my life that’s something that’s so important to me – to do those bucket list things that you’ve never gotten to do,” says Rucker. “And I just thought that song was perfect.”

The track is from Rucker’s latest album, When Was The Last Timereleased in October 2017. The South Carolina native will hit the road with Lady Antebellum on their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour, kicking off July 19th in Toronto.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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