January 12, 2009
“How about you don’t”, as in “how about you don’t leave me” seems like an arrogantly feeble argument to try to get someone to stay, don’t you think?
Well, that’s the point of The Lost Trailer’s latest single.The couple is fighting too much, the woman makes the proactive steps to leave and the man, somehow, thinks that saying “How about you don’t…” will diffuse the situation. He says: “But how about you don’t slam that door/Call it quits, throw your suitcase in that old Ford/Back the car out, make that right, hit the highway/Say goodbye, how about you don’t.”
That hardly seems like a sincere plea for reconciliation. Instead, it feels more like a half-hearted attempt at best. Moreover, it’s just not going to work on anyone with a shred of self confidence. In fact, it’s likely an attitude similar to this that landed him in this trouble in the first place. Instead of trying to display contrition, he violates a crucial rule of attempted reconciliation by unwisely pointing out: “I know I lose my temper/That’s when everything goes south/You do too, you know that it’s true…”
That’s right, Buddy, start another fight!
Considering the senseless lyrics (including the unoriginal “There ain’t no good in saying goodbye”), uninspired melody and bland production, this song serves no greater purpose than to be album filler. However, it, somehow, has been released under the guise of a viable single instead.
Written by Jeremy Stover, Stokes Nielson, Vicky McGehee
Listen: How ‘Bout You Don’t