Country Song Themes: Love
Have you long have you been listening to country radio? Did you ever pay attention the themes of the songs? Did you notice that they all seem to be about the same thing? I have found that there are six themes that most of the country songs fit into. The themes are love, breaking up, drinking, patriotism, religion, and country living. Each of the themes is rather broad but that is the beauty of a theme. It allows most of the country songs out today to be classified, but does not mean that there are not songs that do not fit into the categories. Today we will cover the theme of love and its sub themes.
The first theme is love, which is used all the time for a country song. Because of the theme of love, many of the country songs are only good for slow dancing. Some of these songs are Austin by Blake Shelton, Little Moments by Brad Paisley, and The Good Stuff by Kenny Chesney. Austin is considered a love song because it talks about a man who has waited for a woman who moved to Austin for a year. Because he loved Austin, he left a message recorded on his answering machine to let her know that he never forgot or stopped loving her. After a year, she realized that she stilled loved him and called him. She heard the answering machine and after the second call left him a message. When he called her back, they discovered that they loved each other and got back together. The song, Little Moments, is about a man and woman that is married and in love with each other. The point of view of the song is in the view of the man, who is amazed, the new things he keeps learning about his bride. The new traits are just making him love her even more. The song is saying that he loves the little moments even more the longer they are married and that he cannot wait for more. The song, The Good Stuff, is about a husband and wife that had their first big fight and the husband went to an empty bar. He was talking to the bartender, telling him to give him the good stuff. The bartender told him that the good stuff was not in the bar but at home with his wife. The bartender talked about all the “Good Stuff” memories he had with his wife. Later in the song, the husband noticed a picture of the bartender’s wife and discovered that she was dead. The bartender said that he remembered all the good stuff and that his love for his wife lived on.
There are some fast love songs too, because I do want you to get the impression that all love songs are slow. A few of these songs are It Must Be Love by Alan Jackson, White Trash Wedding by Dixie Chicks, and Made Her Fall in Love by George Strait. It Must Be Love talks about how it feels to be in love. The song talks about being cold and hot, how he cannot sleep at all, how he can see the woman in his dreams, and know that all this must mean that he is in love with her. It talks about how the feeling of love is so great. The song, White Trash Wedding, talks about this couple so in love that even though they cannot afford the wedding, they still cannot stand to be apart from each other. It also says that even though the parents don’t agree, they know that their love can withstand it all and they want to be together. The song ends by talking about how they are having a baby and how their love is still really strong. The song, Made Her Fall in Love, is about asking a band to play a “Made Her Fall in Love with Me” song. He is trying to find a woman to fall in love with and hopes to dance with her all night long. He is hoping that in that time they will fall in love.
Many of the love songs are used as wedding songs for the first dance. Three possibilities for a first dance song are Lost In This Moment by Big and Rich, It Did by Brad Paisley, and I Lost It by Kenny Chesney. Lost In This Moment is about the groom just before the wedding seeing what is happening and how the love and excitement is in the air. Then the groom sees his bride for the first time and is so full of love for her that he can barely stand it. He is so excited that they are finally starting their life together and wants to stay lost in the moment of love forever. The next song, It Did, is about a man proposing to his girlfriend and he thought that he could never love her more than at that moment, but he was proved wrong in time. Then the song talks about getting ready for the wedding and marrying his love and how once again, he did not think that his love for her could get any greater, but it did. Then lastly, the song talks about them bringing their first baby into the world and how he did not think that his love could become any greater but of course it did. The last song, I Lost It, is about a man that has an engagement ring and is praying that his girlfriend will say yes. When she said yes, he was so overcome with love and relief that he started crying. Then the song talks about after the honeymoon and when real life began, how he would come home late most of the time and that if it would continue that way, she was done. Then he started crying again because he loves her so much that he could not stand her leaving. In the end, the song talks about how they made up and professed their love once again.
Love songs are also good for the father daughter dance at weddings. There are many songs about a fathers love for their daughter and how they wish that the girl did not have to grow up. Some of these songs are Tough Little Boys by Gary Allan, My Little Girl by Tim McGraw, and Ready, Set, Don’t Go by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus. Tough Little Boys is about how when the man was growing up, he was a tough boy so others would not bully him. But when he became a dad, he became afraid of everything that his child did. It talked about him being amazed that a little girl could turn him into a big baby when he was such a tough guy before. My Little Girl is about how this father has to let his little girl go even though he never wants to. He then starts to remember how it was when his daughter was a little girl and how she could always find a way to make his heart glow. He says that she will never stop being his little girl not matter if she is old and gray. Lastly Ready, Set, Don’t Go is about another father having to let his daughter go do her thing and how he is not ready for her to leave. He always wants to be there for her and how he has to stay behind so she can live her life. He is resigned though to let her go but will never stop loving her or worrying about her.