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[Song Info]

Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

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 doing my job then 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

There is something amiss
I am being insincere
In fact I don't mean any of this
Still my confession draws you near
To confuse the issue I refer
To familiar heroes from long ago
No matter how much Peter loved her
What made the Pan refuse to grow

Was that the hook brings you back
I ain't tellin' you no lie
The hook brings you back
On that you can rely

Suck it in suck it in suck it in
If you're Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn
Make a desperate move or else you'll win
And then begin
To see
What you're doing to me this MTV is not for free
It's so PC it's killing me
So desperately I sing to thee
Of love
Sure but also rage and hate and pain and fear of self
And I can't keep these feelings on the shelf
I've tried well no in fact I lied
Could be financial suicide but I've got too much pride inside
To hide or slide
I'll do as I'll decide and let it ride until I've died
And only then shall I abide this tide
Of catchy little tunes
Of hip three minute ditties
I wanna bust all your balloons
I wanna burn all of your cities
To the ground I've found
I will not mess around
Unless I play then hey
I will go on all day hear what I say
I have a prayer to pray
That's really all this was
And when I'm feeling stuck and need a buck
I don't rely on luck because...

The hook brings you back
I ain't tellin' you no lie
The hook...
On that you can rely

1994 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: four
Released: 09/13/1994
Earliest time played: 01/23/1994
Last time played: 10/17/2013
Playing frequency:
  952 plays (see all shows)
  51.24% of shows in the database
  65.70% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Made it as high as #8 on the Billboard Top 40.
  This song is a satirical take on the music industry, which is often mirrored when this song is played in concert: the crowd will sing along with the chorus (aka the "hook") and not realize that the verses are making fun of precisely what they are doing.

Other recordings of "Hook":
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  Album Network Rock Tuneup #120, 1994
  Chartbreakers Weekly Hit CD, 1994
  Hitdisc 060B, 1994
  Four studio tape, 1994
  Run-Around/Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook/Run-Around, 1995
  Hook/Love & Greed, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  KFOG CD Sampler 4, 1995
  KZBE Holiday Sampler Vol. 1, 1995
  Cities 97, 1995
  GoldDisc 276, 1995
  Hello, My Name Is..., 1995
  HORDE Sampler '95, 1995
  Hot Hits Pop Vol. 40, 1995
  Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 68, 1995
  Radio Sampler, Vol. 6, 1995
  Top Hits Monthly November 1995, 1995
  Top Hits RH34, 1995
  Modern Tracks November 1995, 1995
  Scratch, 1996
  Hitdisc 130A, 1996
  Modern Rock Live Compilation, 1996
  Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics, 2002
  Live: Thinnest Of Air, 2003
  Live On The Rocks, 2004
  Cover Yourself, 2007
  North Hollywood Shootout, 2008
  25, 2012

No matter how much Peter loved her/What made the Pan refuse to grow
One of many references to Peter Pan, although the twist in this reference is that the song is called "Hook" - better known as Captain Hook, Peter Pan's nemesis.
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd who appeared in several Warner Brothers movies in the 1920's and 1930's. The dog's descendants, also named Rin Tin Tin, appeared in the 1950's ABC series "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin".
Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn was best known as the second wife of Henry VIII of England. They were wed in 1533 after the king had had his first marriage, to Catherine, declared invalid. However, due to her failure to produce a son - after one daughter, Elizabeth and two miscarriages - she was beheaded in 1536.