So I heard bits and pieces of this song this morning in between bus changes at the Bill Miller’s downtown. (I was trying to drown it out with Symphony X’s Paradise Lost, but that wasn’t working too well….
If you don’t want to click the link, it’s Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” Girl leaves guy, guy proceeds to get all stalker-y:
“Gonna drive like hell through your neighborhood, park this Silverado on your front lawn/Crank up a little Hank, sit on the hood and drink/I’m about to get my pissed off on/I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows/Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows/I didn’t come here to start a fight, but I’m up for anything tonight…Nah, he can’t amount to much, by the look of that little truck.”
Yeeeeah. A lot of folks, including Martina McBride, have weighed in on this, but I figured it was time to throw in my two pennies.
Can’t amount to much, eh? Maybe not in the eyes of our protagonist, but he sure as shit got the girl, didn’t he? Meanwhile the dude in the jacked-up Silverado is gonna be sleeping off that hangover alone…
…assuming, of course, that he didn’t leave the premises in a police car or in a box. And, well…if that dude showed up at my place, shining the lights in the windows and throwing empty beer cans, let’s just say I would assume hostile intent and act accordingly. I am quite aware that country music has no short history of songs that contain violence, and God knows I love a bunch of ’em, but this one just sort of rubs me the wrong way. I don’t know. Sure, I’ve been spurned, but I never thought about pulling my truck up into the yard and blaring loud music while I got drunk and threw beer cans at the girl and her lover. I just burned that bridge, sucked it up, and went on — just like Trigger’s true rednecks. Maybe it’s the fact that Farr has actually defended the song, saying, “In a weird way, girls like it when a guy’s that much in love with them. So much that he doesn’t want anyone else to have her.” Really? Not wanting anyone else to have your significant other is one thing, but stalking her if things go south is quite another.
Now that I think about it, though, it’d be fun to see somebody write an answer song from the point of view of the girl’s new lover…