I’m not sure when I went from a casual lover of music to a lyric nazi…but it has happened. Kinda. Maybe. Look, I really love music, listen to it all the time, and it’s a huge part of my life. However, there are times where I listen passively and times where I listen actively. The former meaning that I don’t really hear the words as much as I do the melodies and the later meaning I analyze every word.
Recently I was listening to a song that I used to love, Hoobastank’s “The Reason” and got really annoyed.
At first it is sweet, an apology for the world to hear…and then it continues.
“I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
and the reason is you”
What. The. Flying. F**k?
No, just no.
I can understand that they probably meant that they wanted to become a better person FOR them, because they wanted to be better for them, but for somebody else to be the reason, the sole reason, you change is ludicrous.
Own your success, own your failure, own yourself. If you want to change, change. If you want to stay the same…stay. Don’t give somebody else the power over you to dictate your changes. You changed because you realized you wanted to. You realized you wanted to because you found a reason to want to be a better person.
It just feels weak to me. Call me crazy but I’m not changing for anyone unless it’s the right move for me. Ugh..it’s a song…and I know it’s meant to be romantic and sweet and a grand sweeping gesture of love…but barf. Grow a sac. I don’t want to hear that from my man. If you change for me, only me, then you don’t have to backbone to be with me.
Do lyrics like this annoy you? Do you ever wonder why nobody stands up and says “this is weak sauce”? Okay…maybe not weak sauce but you know what I mean.
I suppose it’s still better than this awful crap. This…this song is everything that is wrong with the world.