Problematic Lyrics in Pop Songs
Paul Simon ”50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Yes, we are given the hope that Stan and Roy will be empathic in some way, perhaps using honesty before they leave via “Making a new plan, not being coy.” But, the other advice, the advice given for Lee and Jack, “dropping off the key, slipping out the back,” is odious, at best. Am I saying that Paul Simon is a sociopath? No, I’m not. But I guess I’m not not saying it, either.
Bright Eyes “Lover I Don’t Have to Love”
Let us not forget that the junior high boys from ten years ago, the ones who commented at Suicide Girls forums and had a kind of sour smell to them, they, too, had a hard time swallowing Bright Eyes lyrics.