Christian Views on Country Music

Welcome! This is the blog of DaveLoneRanger which entails only his commentary on country music, from a Christian conservative perspective. Thus, he takes a dim view of some songs many consider "staples" of country, such as drinking songs. Ye be warned.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Underwood Carries Song to #1

It was only a matter of time before Fourth Season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood made the leap from sweetheart to street walker. Hollywood and music industries quickly force such conversions, it seems.

After touching favorites like "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Don't Forget to Remember Me," the blond-haired beauty is now strutting back alleys, sporting shades, a leather jacket (which she eventually sheds to reveal her pink bra straps), jeans three sizes too small (and a swagger to prove it) and a Louisville slugger.


Here, I thought, was an artist that could carry a song about redemption to the Top 10, and sound good doing it. Now she's had to go and ruin the ride.

I downloaded "Inside Your Heaven." "Don't Forget" wasn't a huge hit for me, but I still enjoyed it. I should have known it would only be just a matter of time until she turned to the Dark Side.

The song's lyrics consist of talking about how, while her cheating boyfriend is messing around with someone else, she lays siege to his "pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive" and details the damage in the chorus, with the verses describing what she imagines the ex-boyfriend is doing with his new girlfriend.

From a CSI perspective, carving the name into the seat was a stupid move, as vandalism happens to be a crime, no matter what the previous emotional provocation might have been. (And in the video, she leaves the bat behind. Hel-lo, finger print central!)

From a moral perspective, the song glorifies the vengance taken upon the deserving ex. The tune is a fun one, and if set to different lyrics, I'm sure I would enjoy it very much. But somehow, I just can't identify with jilted girls bashing up the cars of their cheating boyfriends.

Congratulations on your #1 hit, Ms. Underwood. (The song has since slipped to #4.) Now can we consider this a temporarly lapse in judgement, a brief pothole in the pavement of your career, and we can look forward to some more wholesome, uplifting messages and tunes in the near-future?


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