July 15, 2008
I’m not above lifting another open thread topic from Spinner. They listed what they consider The 20 Worst Song Lyrics Ever, with topping the list. Country music is represented by Shania Twain, showing up at #8 for this line from “Honey I’m Home” – “My panty line shows, got a run in my hose. My hair went flat. Man, I hate that!”
Now in a list with twenty entries, there was certainly room for more than one country song. My first instinct was from Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, where he says that in response to the 9/11 tragedies, “The Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.”
While that would be a great way for her to burn her hand, it’s not any more fitting a use of that image of freedom than when the Bangles had her walk like an Egyptian in their music video.
But tempting as it was to go with Toby, I remembered a line that was far worse, courtesy of Faith Hill’s atrocious album cut, “Bringing Out the Elvis.” In all seriousness, she sings:
When I’m with you
I never have to feel like a sardine
In a little metal can
I’m more like a wild shark
That travels in a pink limousine, yeah
Yeah, together with my fans
Yes, my friends. Somebody actually wrote that down on paper, and got a top star to record it. Since it was on the Breathe album, it made them a good chunk of money, too. Sort of a happy train wreck.
What do you think are the worst country song lyrics?