We’ve all been there. Hands on the wheel, windows down, radio so loud that people miles away can hear it.
How often though do you listen to the lyrics of a song? Like, REALLY listen to the lyrics.
With my wedding coming up in less than 90 days and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ve been scouring love songs like they’re going out of style. Through my research, I discovered that there are a lot of songs that appear on almost every playlist that Spotify has to offer in the love song department. And don’t get me started on lists from articles from wedding websites.
Here’s a few that literally had my jaw on the floor. Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but you get what I’m saying.
This one was on almost EVERY wedding playlist that I’ve come across. Mariah Carey’s ‘Always Be My Baby’ is from her fifth studio album, Daydream, which was released in 1995. It was released on March 9, 1996 as her third single from the album.The song was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal. The song’s lyrics appear describe the feeling of attachment Carey feels towards an estranged lover. The lyrics even say even though they are no longer together, that she says he will always be a part of her and will “always be her baby” even after they have both seemingly moved on. It did well commercially. It became Carey’s eleventh chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Madonna and Whitney Houston for most number-one singles for a female artist at the time. Just shows you how much we as a society really care about the lyrics. As long as it’s catchy, that’s all that matters.
The verse that really got me was: “Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me, oh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby. And we’ll linger on. Time can’t erase a feeling this strong. No way you’re never gonna shake me.”
Talk about ATTACHED. This is borderline harassment. Whoever this song is about has reason for a restraining order if you ask me.
But, moving on.
This one may be a little lesser known, but it’s just as creepy in my opinion.
‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ is the second single from Irish band The Script from their debut album The Script. The song was released in July of 2008. The song charted on the Hot 100, but only entered at number 96.
The song is about a man who is waiting for an estranged lover at the corner where he first saw her. He just KNOWS she’ll come back to him in that exact place. And in the meantime, he’s not moving. He’s going to “camp in [his] sleeping bag; [He’s] not gonna move”.
Again, with the stalking and harassment. Someone get the girl a restraining order!.He’s even approached by law enforcement and told “Son, you can’t stay here”. He responds with, “There’s someone I’m waiting for if it’s a day, a month, a year.” He says he’ll stand his ground “even if it rains or snows”. If she changes her mind he just knows that this is the first place she will come to.
Hopefully someone can talk some sense into him sooner rather than later.
Let’s head back to the 1970s.
Blondie never officially released their song ‘One Way Or Another’ as a single. But it has been included in movies and television throughout the years. Boy band One Direction even included it in a cover mash-up they recorded.
Released in 1978, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry wrote this song from the perspective of an ex-boyfriend who’d been stalking her, according to her biographer Cathy Che. The song sees Harry taking on the perspective of an obsessed stalker who follows her love object on the bus and to the supermarket. The narrator of the song is constantly watching but never seen, determined that “one way or another / I’m gonna find ya / I’m gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya.”
There’s even mention in the lyrics of “rat food”. Is that a poisoning waiting to happen? The world may never know.