Sound Warning: Songs with Creepy Undertones/Meanings
Word to the Wise
Every few years there's a song that you hear and think, hey that's somewhat cool. And then after a few listens, you think hey wait a minute! This person sounds a little to dramatic in talking about their unrequited/lost love. So in honor of those tunes that make us a little nervous, here goes nothing.
Anything for You
There's no doubt about Gloria Estefan and her impact on music. Her voice and her style has influenced pop music the world over for nearly thirty years. While there are some songs that stir us, "Coming Out of the Dark," make us move "Conga," or proclaim our crush, "Bad Boy," there is one that's a tad creepy.
"Anything for You" seems to begin as the requisite post-break up, still in love type ditty but then after a couple of lines, we find out the truth.
I'd still do anything for you
I'll play your game
You hurt me through and through
But you can have your way
This is blurring the lines of friendship and just plain obsession. If someone did you this bad, should you really cling to them? Um, I don't know about you but that's not my thing. And besides if you do anything for someone that's setting yourself up for a lifetime of crime, heartache, and therapy.
No matter how much Gloria Estefan convinces us in song, it's best to say you'll do anything, wait, and then stop calling if they ask you to their laundry for the 50th time.
Here I Am
Anyone who says "Here I Am" can only be one of two things, cute or cocky. I know that sounds like an over-generalization but if you think about it, it's true. And as much as we'd like to change music or history, this applies to one of the South's premier soul singers, Al Green.
It always ends up this way,
me begging you every day.
A love that I cannot have,
you broke my heart into half.
If a situation always ends in heartache for you, I think that's a sign. As much as everyone would like a happy ending with the person we fall for, it doesn't work that way. And when it doesn't work that way, you can't continue to pester them to fall at your feet. It's just the way the cookie crumbles.
However, as much as it is hard to face reality that doesn't mean we can't all be Al sometimes and sing our sorrows away. And besides what better voice to capture the struggle of heartache?
Lady Gaga has spent the last few years giving us the prescribed amount of controversial pop star through her costumes, lyrics, videos, and performances. Sometimes she captures our interest and a lot of times she solicits our scowls. Either way, her songs are purposefully meant to do something to your emotions rather it be positive and inspiring or negative and daunting.
"Paparazzi" is no different. The third single and accompanying video further proves she wants to change the conversation in pop music from the obvious love/lust subject matter to the darker undertones of life in the spotlight and how that can be compared to a relationship.
I'm your biggest fan
I'll follow you until you love me, Papa-paparazzi
This reminds me of the obsessive teenage girl you think of on a Justin Bieber fan site except that instead of LOL after her posts, she's entirely serious. And then you start to worry. While Gaga herself explained that the concept of the song and video is based on the tragedy of Princess Diana's demise.
So while this song is steeped in real-life controversy, it only exaggerates the depth of the lyrics.
Just My Imagination
One of the creepiest things about some relationships is that some people go from zero to sixty way too fast. It's one thing if you're dating and thinking about commitment down the line, but what if you've never even met the person?
The Temptations probably had the first stalker megahit with "Just My Imagination." It fools us all into thinking that guys are romantic but then eventually we learn the truth: dude doesn't even know the girl he's singing about. Say What?
Soon we'll be married and raise a family (Oh yeah)
A cozy little home out in the country with two children maybe three.
I tell you I can visualize it all
In theory, this guy sounds too good to be true and our suspicions are only validated at the end of the song. But looking and listening back to the song, it probably is a good thing this guy isn't real because we'd spend a lifetime living too high in the clouds to be hit with reality if he was.
While this next song may not seem familiar to most of you, I'm sure the artist is less familiar. If anyone remembers the fabled anti-Britney movement circa 2002-2003 you may remember Vanessa Carlton. Her biggest hit was "A Thousand Miles" but to me that song was so overplayed I was ready to run as many miles to stop hearing it. Widely considered a one-hit wonder, the more interesting song from her debut album Be Not Nobody is definitely "Pretty Baby."
And contrary to what you think, it's not about a baby. It's about Carlton's relationship with a boyfriend who, as described by her is no less than perfect. That was the first clue, but after she said he laid her down, I think that was the next inclination that this relationship was more complicated than she let on.
Pretty baby, don't you leave me
I have been saving smiles for you
Pretty baby, why can't you see
I know we aren't supposed to interpret music literally, but saving smiles? Even four-year-olds don't do that unless they have one of those ridiculous good behavior charts. And as much as one would like to rationalize what Carlton is talking about or her tone, the fact is that the song was way too creepy for her own good as well as ours.
But it is still a good song to listen to from time to time. Just don't take it too seriously.
Thanks for Reading
As always, I appreciate you stopping by and reading. Thank you and I look forward to your comments and insights.
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- AL GREEN lyrics - Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
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- Lady Gaga - Paparazzi Lyrics
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- The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) Lyrics
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- Vanessa Carlton - Pretty Baby Lyrics
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