We must learn to listen to lyrics. A song title may sound as sweet as Tupelo honey, but we should not dedicate songs until we understand what the song is saying. Don’t make these common mistakes …
How many brides have heard their new husband say, “I chose this song just for you because ‘this one goes out to the one I love.’ [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]R.E.M. [/lastfm]kicks in and the blushing bride blushes a little more when Michael Stipe sings, “A simple prop to occupy my time.” Not exactly the gallantry she was hoping for.
When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Police[/lastfm] first released “Every Breath You Take,” I’m sure some romantics imagined watching their true love sleeping softly. The song quickly became the stalker anthem. “Every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I’ll be watching you.”
Sometimes finding a Valentine’s song is easy as trying to remember songs with ‘heart’ in the title. How about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Death Cab For Cutie [/lastfm]“I Will Possess Your Heart?” Is the singer holding a Valentine’s card in his hand? Not when he’s singing, “You reject my advances and desperate pleas, I won’t let you down so easily.” You might want to have the authorities on speed dial.
What other songs masquerading as love songs turn out to be something more sinister?