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From the album Cracked Rear View, Only Wanna Be With You was a #6 Pop, #2 Mainstream hit for Hootie & the Blowfish in 1995.

Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker & Jim

J's Journal:
This is the story of Ruth told from the perspective of Naomi. Perhaps the most famous line in that book is verse 1:16, where Ruth tells Naomi, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." The idea for this song was a surprise gift from God. My only problem was trying to get used to Ruth singing in a deep male voice like Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish. But it worked.
Genre: Pop
Length: 3:30

Naomi Gonna Be With Ruth
Parody of "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie & the Blowfish
(Ruth 1-4)

Ruth and me, we come from different worlds
She was a Moabite, I was a Jewish mother's girl
In time, she married a son of mine
It's such a shame because my son and husband died
But there's nothin' I could do
I said, Ruth, I'm gonna go back home
She looked at me, she had something left to say
I'm gonna follow you and with you I will stay
I won't let ... you just leave
Because, Mom, I love you, and you are my family
And there's nothin' you can do
Naomi's gonna be with Ruth
I will call on your God, too
Naomi gonna be with Ruth
Went home to live in Bethlehem, seen all my friends
I said, "My family collapsed when all the men died
"But Ruth has not abandoned me
Changed my life to bittersweet
"She was married to one of my sons
And when he died, she came with me
"I better help her find a hubby
A lonely guy who needs her, too
"Somebody local .
Naomi gonna see her through
"You can call me 'old school'
Naomi gonna see her through
And I think I know just who
Naomi gonna see with Ruth
Sometimes I wonder what might have been
If Ruth abandoned me when I told her to back then
Ruth had a baby ... and down the line
Great grandson David, yeah, the one who fought the giant
And there's the King of the Jews
I know you've heard of Jesus, too
You can call Him, Lord, too
Naomi gonna be with you
Yes, He came from out of Ruth
Naomi wanna be with Ruth
Naomi gonna be with Ruth

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