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Country Music’s Stalker Songs [VIDEO]

I watch shows like The Walking Dead, Bates Motel, Dexter, Hannibal, and American Horror Story. But you wanna know what really scares me?

Stalkers!

They give me the creeps. The idea that someone is watching someone without making his or her presence known, stopping at nothing until they can be near that person or involved, in some way, in his or her life. I have a cold chill running up my back right now.

And, yes, Fatal Attraction is STILL scary.

Now, I’m not saying the three songs below are about people who would ever go that far. But, lyrically, the central figures in each are on a mission and these tunes are only giving us two and a half to four minutes of their lives. That’s not long.

Who knows what happens when the song’s over?

“TILL YOU LOVE ME” BY REBA MCENTIRE

I sent you roses, I warned you I would
Do all that I could to show you the way that I feel
Please, don’t say I’m wasting my time
I’ve got nothin’ but time so I’ll do all that I can to catch
That ghost of a chance

The sunlight, the moonlight
Are beyond my control
And there are stars in the heavens
That I’ll never hold
But if dreams give you power
Then I’m strong enough to offer my heart
And never give up till you love me
Till you love me

I looked in your eyes, so bright and so blue
And that’s when I knew that you could be mine
If good things come to those who will wait
Well, I guess I can wait if that’s what I have to do
Oh, it’s worth it for you

The sunlight, the moonlight
Are beyond my control
And there are stars in the heavens
That I’ll never hold
But if dreams give you power
Then I’m strong enough to offer my heart
And never give up till you love me
Till you love me

It’s that first line–”I sent you roses, I warned you I would.” Why does she have to say WARNED? How about, merely, “said” or “told?”  And she does promise that she will never give up “till you love me.”

 

 

Oh, I know Reba’s not gonna hurt anyone. It’s a big 90s love song and that was her specialty during that decade…and the one before, really. But…WARNED? Still, I think this one’s tame compared to the downright threatening tone of…

 

“WHAT WERE YOU THINKING” BY LITTLE TEXAS

Now here’s a song (for which I can’t find writing credits…hmmm) about a guy who’s been spurned. And he’s not having any of it. I couldn’t find a video but the lyrics will do just fine:

So you think I’ll be alright
And I’ll forget you in time
And I won’t want you here with me every night
And we can still be friends once in a while

Think again
‘Cause maybe you’re wrong
How can I just be friends
With someone I’ve loved for so long

What were you thinkin’
When you turned your back and walked away
Who do you think you’re leavin’
Did you think I’d let it end this way
What were you thinkin’

If you’re gonna break my heart
You’ll have to do it the hard way
And if you’re really gonna tear us apart
Can’t you think of something better to say

Than you’ll always love me
But you need some time
You’re only trying tell me goodbye
Stop tryin’ to be so kind

What were you thinkin’
When you turned your back and walked away
Who do you think you’re leavin’
Did you think I’d let it end this way
What were you thinkin’

I would never want to leave you
But if I were to leave you
I would never leave this way
How could you leave me this way

What were you thinkin’
When you turned your back and walked away
Who do you think you’re leavin’
Did you think I’d let it end this way
What were you thinkin’

What were you thinkin’
Baby what were you thinkin’

“Did you think I’d let it end this way???” It’s time for this girl to move or get a Doberman or something. But at least he’s not threatening violence like the dude in…

 

“WHAT’LL YOU DO ABOUT ME” BY DOUG SUPERNAW

All you wanted was a one night stand,
The fire of the wine, and the touch of a man,
But I fell in love and ruined all of your plans;
What’ll you do about me?
Imagine the faces on your high class friends,
When I beat on the door and I beg to come in,
Screamin’ “Come on, love me again;”
What’ll you do about me?

You can change your number, you can change your name.
You can ride like Hell on a midnight train.
That’s alright Mama, that’s okay,
But what’ll you do about me?

Picture your neighbors when you try to explain,
That good ol’ boy standin’ out in the rain,
With his nose on the window pane;
Lady, what’ll you do about me?
What in the world are you plannin’ to do,
When a man comes over just to visit with you,
And I’m on the porch with a two by two;
Tell me, what’ll you do about me?

You can call your lawyer, you can call the Fuzz,
You can sound the alarm – wake the neighbors up.
Ain’t no way to stop a man in love;
What’ll you do about me?

All you wanted was a one night stand,
The fire of the wine, and the touch of a man,
But I fell in love and Baby here I am;
What’ll you do about me?

You can change your number, you can change your name.
You can ride like Hell on a midnight train.
That’s alright Mama, that’s okay,
But what’ll you do about me?

This song never got higher than #16 on the charts and I bet I can guess why. This thing is Fatal Attraction in reverse. The guy falls in love after a one-night stand and then hangs out in the girl’s yard, stares through her window, indicates that calling a lawyer and the police won’t do any good, and then threatens to beat any potential dates with a wooden plank if they walk toward her door. I suppose the song was supposed to be funny. I don’t think anyone thought it was.

I certainly don’t.

 

 

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