How Sweet It Isn't - The Most Un-Romantic Love Songs of Recent Times
So you want to make a playlist for your sweetie. Who doesn't like to hear a love ballad knowing that it reminds someone of them? It's one of the oldest and most effective ways to convey deep, romantic feelings to a person.
Its also really easy to blow it and use an inappropriate song, inadvertently sending the wrong message to the one you adore.
Everyone knows that "I'll Be Watching You," by The Police is about stalking someone and Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love - But I Won't Do That" is already on everybody's "do not play" list. There are some more contemporary songs, though, that warrant a word of caution.
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
This song does sound rather sweet at the outset, and just get a load of the chorus:
"I wanna lay you down in a bed of roses
For tonight I'll sleep on a bed of nails
I wanna be just as close as your Holy Ghost is
And lay you down on a bed of roses."
The truth, though, is the song ends up sounding like the lament of a guy who feels bad for cheating on his wife. Repeatedly. He's still doing it:
"While my mistress, she calls me, to stand in her spotlight again...Tonight I won't be alone, but you know that don't mean I'm not lonely."
Apparently, the lyrics are a clever play on words and Jon Bon Jovi is actually referring to his music career as his mistress. However, the object of your desire may not be aware of this. Unless she's already a Bon Jovi fan and knows the backstory, you might want to skip this one. Besides, this band came up with plenty of lovey-dovey songs to choose from without having to risk a misunderstanding between you and your dear one.
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Aside from the author's personal dislike for the repetitive nature of this song, its theme is hardly romantic.
Guy sees random girl. Thinks she's hot. Really, really hot. But she's with some dude. Bummer. The End.
I won't copy down any of the lyrics here - if you've read the title of the song, you've pretty much got the gist of it.
Hardly an ideal love song to play for your amor.
Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes
Here, again, the author admittedly has a bias against the song from an artistic standpoint but that's not what's important.
Gym Class Heroes has taken the 1970s Supertramp hit "Take a Look at My Girlfriend" and spun it in to a more lovey-dovey tune. Sort of. They have overhauled nearly the entire song, adding new lyrics like:
"But dad I'm finally thinkin' I may have found the one
Type of girl that will make you way proud of your son"
Aww, sounds awfully romantic. But wait. They left the original chorus in, which goes like this:
"Take a look at my girlfriend
She's the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend
I never seem to get a lot"
It's safe to assume here that most girlfriends would not appreciate that sentiment.
Lips of an Angel-Hinder
This one has the angst-ridden voice, filled with longing - which seems well-suited for a nice romantic song to play for your dear one. But the bubble gets burst right off the bat here:
"My girl's in the next room, sometimes I wish she was you.."
Ooh, that can't be good.
Hinder tries to make up for it with the chorus, which sounds lovely standing alone:
"It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak"
The bottom line remains, though, that he's basically saying, 'baby I love you, I pine for you, I can't resist you - I am so glad you called me! But, could you keep it down a bit? My woman might hear!'
Yeah, probably want to pass on this one.
With love songs from musicians across the board, from AC/DC to Andrea Bocelli, rest assured that you'll find something worthy of playing for the object of your fancy. Maybe a diverse combination of your favorite love songs from every genre would be most fitting.
There are plenty of good love songs to choose from out there and you should be able to create a killer playlist easily. Peruse iTunes or whatever music source you prefer - you may be reminded of a sweet song you had long forgotten about as you browse.
Most importantly, you passionate lover you, let your captured heart lead and you will know which songs are right for you and your liebling.