Monday, September 29, 2014

I Only See the Way You Look Tonight



I was driving in the car the other day when this song came on by Blake Shelton called "My Eyes." It has a very sweet, romantic feel. I was hearing this song for the first time. It sounded like a very loving song, but as I listened to the lyrics I started to feel a little uncomfortable. Even if the song has a nice beat and sweet feel, it can still make the spirit leave. I realize that many teenagers don't think a lot about the words to the songs they listen to sometimes. Other times, they have specific songs they like because of the lyrics. It's important to teach them to pay attention to the lyrics of ALL songs. Let's consider the lyrics of this song:

Those high heels with that sun dress
Turquoise heart hanging 'round your neck
Red lips like wine, wanna drink 'em up
And keep on drinkin' 'til you make me drunk

Tied up hair, wanna let it down
And just let the rest fall to the ground
You take beautiful to the max
Can't help myself when you look like that

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, girl the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, love the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

There's a million stars dancing in the sky
A picture perfect moon so bright
But I don't care, I'm looking at you
From where I stand you can't beat the view

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, girl the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, love the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

My eyes have seen
Some amazing things
But girl, my eyes ain't seen
Nothing quite like you, hey baby

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, girl the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, love the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, love the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you!


The lyrics of the song are sweet, but if you really think about the message, you get a different story. This song is ONLY talking about the way this girl looks. It has nothing to do with love. You can ask your teen a few questions when a song like this comes on the radio:

"This song seems like it's romantic and about love. How do you know he really loves the girl he's singing to?" (Answer: YOU DON'T! He's only singing about wanting to sleep with her because she looks good). 

"How does this song make you feel?" "How do you think this singer is trying to make you feel?" 

"What message are you getting from this song?"

"If you think this song is about love, what does he love about this girl?" (The way she LOOKS!). 

"What do you think is going to happen after the girl in this song does what he wants because she thinks he loves her?"

For boys, you might want to try and ask what this song would feel like if it was a girl singing about a guy. You could also do this with your daughter as well. It gives them something to think about. Ways to talk with your children about sex and relationships are abundant in the world. They saturate your child's life every day. If there is something you want to talk to your teen about and you aren't sure how to bring it up, find a social medium you could use to illustrate the point you want to make. Then, ask more questions than give answers!


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