When Titanic hit theaters, it was an immediate success. Regardless of your stance on the film, we can't deny that people really connected with the story. Just as cinemas were packed with millions utterly excited to watch this tragic love story, the main song of the movie was played literally everywhere. But apparently some people didn’t pay attention to the end of the movie or even the lyrics of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” considering how it was the preferred choice for the first dance at several weddings. I mean, I get it, the song refers to a never ending love. But if you really analyze it, leaving the movie plot aside, it clearly talks about a person who’s not around anymore, but still the love the remaining person feels will never fade away. I guess it's valid to describe your love with a message like that. Yet for me, it’s kind of creepy. So, bearing that in mind, I was thinking about how many songs we’ve dedicated to our loved ones thinking they’re the most romantic tunes ever, but when listening to them more attentively, they end up being anthems to the creepy. Here are some of these:
The Police - “Every Breath You Take”
This is the creeper song par excellence and by now most of us already know that it talks about being chased and observed at all times. Sting has constantly stated that he was inspired by an over-controlled dystopia like that in George Orwell’s 1984. But even when this has been widely spread, there are still people who dedicate this ballad to their significant other without noticing how creepy it is even in that context.
Rihanna - "Love on the Brain"
With a characteristic pop sound, this song could be dedicated to someone to say how strong your love is and how you’d feel incomplete without them. But if you pay close attention, this is the recount of an abusive relationship and how, even when you know it’s wrong, you can’t seem to leave this person. And well, we know Rihanna’s story. So, no matter how deep and strong your love is, this isn’t a good song to share.
Ben Folds Five - "Brick"
More than dedicating this song to someone, at first sight, it would seem this is the perfect tune for when you’re having a crisis in your relationship and you just want to listen to something sad to match your mood. Well, it can work but the song actually talks about a guy taking his girlfriend into getting an abortion and how this is hurting the relationship more than they expected.
James Blunt - “You’re Beautiful”
Raise your hand if either you or someone has dedicated this song to you. Let me tell you the story isn’t something you’d really want to recite to that special person. Well, perhaps if you’re a stoned creeper in the subway fantasizing about a woman, this can be your jam.
R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
This was probably one of the most dedicated songs on the radio when it came out, and it’s easy to see why. I mean the title and the grammatical structure of the first verse, “This one goes out to the one I love” are quite straightforward. But apparently, people just stopped listening to the rest of the quite simple lyrics, since the only other two phrases are “this one goes out to the one I've left behind, a simple prop to occupy my time.” Not so romantic for me.
Lou Reed – “Perfect Day”
When I first heard this song (and no it wasn’t in Trainspotting) I was so confused. Why is this guy talking about such a great day spending it with his beloved one in such an emotionless way? But just as in the movie, the song is really about Lou Reed’s experiences as a heroin addict. Still, it’s not such a bad choice to tell another person how perfect your days with them are.
There are songs with dark stories behind and whose lyrics can be interpreted in so many ways. But there are others that are shouting creepiness or that just say mean things and we still continue to share them without paying attention. So, next time read the lyrics and do some research just in case.
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