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bad girls marlene make my day

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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Then how do you conclude that "Every Breath You Take" knows its problems, whereas "White Flag" doesn't?

The language in EBYT is more blatant, but that could simply be the result of being expressed by a man. I've known stalker women, and they weren't all, "I'll be watching you"; they were more "I will go down with the ship." The linguistic differences between the songs could be based more on gender-training than difference in awareness of the problem of the theme.
I don't conclude anything. There are very few definitive statements at all in what I wrote.

Please reread.