Songs about dating a childhood friend
In this case, it’s a scared, miserable kid singing about his dad (“‘Father’ is a name you haven’t earned yet”) repeatedly getting drunk and beating his mom (“She’s just a woman… “Goodbye, Earl” follows the exploits of best friends Mary Anne and Wanda as they plot the death of Wanda’s abusive husband Earl, who, after Wanda files for divorce, “walked right through that restraining order / and put her in intensive care.” (Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines delivers the line “It didn’t take ’em long to decide that Earl had to die” with particular glee.) Once Earl is poisoned by black-eyed peas, wrapped in a tarp, and dumped in a lake to rot, the police swiftly abandon the case, since Earl is “a missing person who nobody missed at all.” Taking the black humor of the song one step further, the celebrity-laden video features Dennis Franz as the mulleted Earl, who posthumously reappears as a dancing corpse. Miranda Lambert, “Gunpowder & Lead”Miranda Lambert updates the country tradition of female revenge songs by throwing in a dash of braggadocio.“His fist is big, but my gun’s bigger,” she sings, bridging the gap between self-defense and schoolyard taunt.
Few people look to Cheap Trick for commentary on pressing social issues, but it does take a band like this to inject a little warped mischief into a chorus as simple as “oh boy, the house is rockin’.” 10-11.As the record’s centerpiece, the doo-wop-inspired “Fistful Of Love” takes that concept to its fiery apotheosis.Following a spoken-word intro from the patron saint of rock taboo, Lou Reed, frontman Antony Hegarty paints a picture of a romance where one party speaks with words and the other with fists.Trying to head off controversy, the video made clear that the woman perished in the blaze she set, whereas the song leaves her fate open.Evidently it’s all right for women to fight back, but only if they take themselves out as well. Antony And The Johnsons, “Fistful Of Love”Much of Antony And The Johnsons’ I Am A Bird Now revolves around finding pleasure in pain and unearthing profound beauty from overpowering ugliness.Calling the police does nothing, she quickly discovers, as “they always come late, if they come at all,” and even when they show up, “they say they can’t interfere with domestic affairs between a man and his wife.” The song ends sadly, with the screaming ending, the wife being taken away in an ambulance, and a policeman telling all the bystanders to go home, adding, “I think we all could use some sleep.” 13-15.
Eminem, “Kim”/“’97 Bonnie And Clyde”/“Love The Way You Lie”Eminem’s contentious relationship with his on-again-off-again wife/girlfriend/baby-mamma Kim is well documented throughout his discography, but never more overtly and sinisterly than on the tracks “’97 Bonnie And Clyde” and “Kim,” both of which revel in Em hypothetically killing his nemesis/muse while taking their daughter Hailie along for the ride.
The southern and country way of life has a long history of strong ties to family, friends, and tradition, and country songs reflect that culture.
The best of these songs are ones we listen to on repeat, and help us through the toughest of times, including growing up.
Country songs about growing up are often the most moving because they typically tell a familiar and relatable story.
These best country songs about childhood provide a kind of emotional connection that musicians hope people seek in their music.
Billy Bragg, “Levi Stubbs’ Tears” / “Valentine’s Day is Over”The so-called “big-nosed bard of Barking” has often told tales of individuals other than himself in his songs, so it’s no surprise to find that he’s touched on the topic of domestic abuse more than once.