Toby Keith, “Love Me If You Can”
Toby makes a surprisingly earnest attempt to soften his image, wishing we could all just agree to disagree before our debates turn to angry words, and praying for peace on earth, even though war is sometimes necessary. Then he says he’s a man of his convictions: “Hate me if you want, love me if you can.” As standing-your-ground songs go, this hardly rises to the brilliant defiance of “Not Ready to Make Nice”, but I was digging it until he compared himself to Christ. That’s pushing it, buddy.
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