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The Second Most Evil Song of All Time!

 

Here we go again….  😉  As with the Most Evil Song of all time, it’s not about musicianship, or whether the song is a “good” pop song or not, or what your feelings about Justin Timberlake may be.  It’s not even about the conscious intentions of the songwriter(s).  It’s about the message contained within the song.  Let’s jump right in.  Here are the full lyrics (which can be found lots of other places, too); and I’ve quoted the part I want to look at below, my emphasis, as usual:

‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m looking right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Coming back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one
‘Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Superficially, this is better than Savage Garden’s “I Knew I Loved You”, which implies that the lover is brought into very existence merely at the whim and pleasure of the narrator.  Here, the beloved has a separate existence, at least.  The first line of the song, not in the block above, says, “Aren’t you somethin’ to admire/’Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror” which at least acknowledges the lover as a “Thou“, a real Other, and compliments her.  However, in the very next line, the narrator says, “And I can’t help but notice/You reflect in this heart of mine.”  Well, it was good while it lasted.

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A Rare, Retro Team-up

A different take on “Wouldn’t It Be Good”, with Howard Jones as guest.

Lady Gaga in Concert for the Weekend

Lady Gaga is a favorite here at the Chequer-Board, so enjoy an entire concert!

Sara Bareilles for the Weekend

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEXhAMtbaec]

Sarah McLachlan for the Weekend

(Slightly Belated) REM for the Weekend

For All the Beatlemaniacs Out There: The White Album (complete!)

Some Beatlemania for the 50th Anniversary of Their Ed Sullivan Appearance

It was fifty years ago today….

More Music That I Like By Women Named Suzanne (or some form of that name)

Songs from one of my favorite albums of hers, 99.9 F°.

Susanna Hoffs with Matthew Sweet, and Also Solo!

 

 

 

Because it can’t always be heavy theology, but mostly because–well, Susanna Hoffs!