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i promise i'm not trying to make your life harder

So, I'm reasonably confident that the Police's "Every Breath You Take" is a savvy enough song to know just how deeply sophipathological it is. I'm pretty confident about Blondie's "One Way Or Another." (Still amuses me that the first couple of seasons of Farscape use a modified but identifiable version of the riff in the theme. Because yeah.) 

And I know Sarah McLachlan's "Possession" does, because she wrote it that way on purpose.

I'm willing to give unreliable narrators a lot of benefit of the doubt, and people in art do not exist to be role models.

Dido's "White Flag," on the other hand...

I'm pretty sure this song does not know how fucked up it is. I'm just saying. And I'm pretty sure the object of the song needs a restraining order.



...It is pretty, though.

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While it isn't as straight-up stalker-y, I have always loved Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" as a song people don't realize is commenting, instead of celebrating, horrible behavior.

I just never saw any of these as subtle, somehow...
Jessie's Girl is the song that taught me unreliable narrators existed.

There are people who do not get it. And who think it should not have been done that way.

Personally, I think they're wrong, and it's art.
I was always confused, as a younger beastie, that I seemed to be the only person in my group-of-friends who thought that Jessie's girl should get the hell away from the singer. Everyone else seemed to think the song was So Romaaaahntic and all I saw was creeper.

It's refreshing to learn I'm not the only one who saw this.

Stasia