By day, I am Copper, your resident goofball and self-proclaimed music aficionado.
Also by day, I am the LyriCritic, a music reviewer who takes songs and breaks them down lyric by lyric to uncover the horrible truth about most music nowadays...It sucks. Like, really bad.
By night I'm asleep. That's kind of how it goes.
For my first song, I was kind of at a loss. I didn't know what to do. Do I stick with more recent stuff? Do I pick on the past? Do I rag on Justin Bieber even though the rest of the world has clearly moved on?
I thought about it for a bit, and eventually decided on doing something well-known, but not recent enough that a hoard of fifteen-year-olds would suddenly appear at my window "dabbing" simultaneously. And so I went with the song you see in the title, Lips of an Angel by Hinder.
I was ten years old when this song was released in 2005. I remember hearing it on the radio and thinking, "Oh, this is nice. What a romantic song. I'm only ten, so I have a warped perception of how relationships should be. Gosh, I wish I had friends."
I had a rough childhood, don't judge me.
But as I grew older, I started to realize the horrible truth of the song. It's not romantic at all. In fact...It's the opposite.
Let's dive right in.
Honey why you calling me so late?
It's kinda hard to talk right now.
Honey why are you crying? Is everything okay?
I gotta whisper 'cause I can't be too loud
"It's kinda hard to talk right now."
"I gotta whisper."
Yeah, I get it.
"Cause I can't be too loud."
If you repeat yourself one more time, I am hanging up.
In the beginning of the song, we are being led to believe it's a man talking to his lover at a strange hour. It starts off innocently enough. But they sure as hell don't waste time throwing that innocence straight out the window.
Well, my girl's in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guess we never really moved on
He's in a relationship. He's in a relationship and is openly admitting he's not happy. He's in a relationship, openly admitting he is not happy, and KNOWS it.
That shit ain't even cute.
It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel
Hearing those words it makes me weak
And I never wanna say goodbye
But...You did. You already said goodbye. That's why you're not with her right now.
...A part of me thinks the lyrics of this song accurately reflect a 3 AM stream of consciousness.
But girl you make it hard to be faithful
With the lips of an angel
There are two possible things he could be talking about here:
One is that he's talking about how hard it is to remain loyal to his current lover when his ex has such a way with words, and just hearing her say his name make him melt.
The other is that she gives good blowjobs. No seriously. Think about it. Hard to be faithful? Lips of an angel?
Hinder isn't exactly Shakespeare.
It's funny that you're calling me tonight
Oh, yes. It's SO funny. It's practically the PINNACLE of comedy. George Carlin ain't got nothing on this.
And, yes, I've dreamt of you too
And does he know you're talking to me
Will it start a fight
No I don't think she has a clue
OH MY GOD.
The plot thickens...Not only is HE a jerk...
SHE'S A JERK TOO.
And then the song just repeats choruses and bridges after that point.
Okay...Let's talk about this song.
I'm sure it was meant to be a romantic ballad about two people who love each other, and despite not being together anymore, still want each other. And that's fine. The concept CAN be a very romantic one.
The inclusion of NEW partner's for both parties changes the entire message of the song from "I love you, I want to get back together," to "I love you, let's elope." That's NOT a romantic message. That's a terrible moral.
The very fact that this guy is being tempted by a previous partner shows that he's not very invested in his current relationship. And yes, there could be a number of reasons for that...But there's the other problem with the song.
He doesn't give any detail.
The only thing we learn throughout the entire course of the song is that they broke up, they found other people, and they both have to be vewy vewy quiet because they're hunting wabbits.
The song gives you nothing else. So it's kind of hard for me to see it in any light other than negative, since there's nothing else to go on. I don't know anything beyond that he's pretty much willing to cheat.
And that's one of the least romantic things you could do.
I hope you enjoyed the first installment of the LyriCritic! If you have a song you want me to review, post it in the comments below, and I'll have a go at it. Until next time, remember...I'm the LyriCritic, and if you question the lyrics, I probably will too.