So not too long ago Shawn showed me that song; I hadn't heard it before. Of all possible versions he could have shown me, he chose the Miley Cyrus version. Raise your hand if you've just lost respect for Shawn. :D
Sadly for the song, this version is actually better than the original. I just don't get country music. It doesn't tickle me fancy. More to the point, there's at least two other superior versions. One by the White Stripes and the other by some chick named Mindy Smith (had never heard the name before) but if you were to ask me, the only good version is the White Stripey one.
At any rate, what I wanted to talk about was the lyrics of this stupid song. "I'm begging of you please don't take my man." Okay... someone needs a self-esteem boost.
"Your beauty is beyond compare / With flaming locks of auburn hair / With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green / Your smile is like a breath of spring / Your voice is soft like summer rain / And I cannot compete with you, Jolene." Okay, what's that to do with anything? You saying your man is superficial? Because you know, you've literally only listed physical attributes. Also, I personally am not interested in someone who isn't interested in me. Much less going to beg him to stick with me over a more beautiful woman. If he cares so much about looks, he can go ahead down that road and regret it in some 20 years when he doesn't understand why he doesn't have anything in common with his wife.
"He talks about you in his sleep / There's nothing I can do to keep / From crying when he calls your name, Jolene." Why are you with this guy again?
"You could have your choice of man / But I could never love again / He's the only one for me, Jolene" Well, someone certainly has low standards.
"I had to have this talk with you / My happiness depends on you / And whatever you decide to do, Jolene" What? What in the actual fuck, your happiness should never depend on someone else. Specially someone who literally has your significant other wrapped around her finger. Really, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
Also, in all of this, what does the Man of the song have to say about it? Isn't his choice considered in this whole ordeal?
I just hate the lyrics of this song so much. The song is catchy and all, but man... talk about a demeaning song for women everywhere. C'mon, most women have higher self-esteem and more respect for themselves.
Or at least I'd like to think so, so I can keep having faith in humanity. God.
P.S. and Fun fact: this blogpost was written after having drank a whole bottle of 2008 Willamate Valley Pinot Noir.