Waaah I Want The Hottie!!!!!!!! "You’re Beautiful" by James Blunt (published in TradeExpress Asia, Manila)
Posted February 15, 2007on:
The song starts nicely enough with a sweet melodic line played against the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar. But listening to the rest of the song, I can hardly understand why the song is so hugely popular. The sound although melodious, is hardly anything special. Heck, Blue can do sweet melodies.
The lyrics are merely an attempt to glorify the act of staring at a pretty girl across the street. An attempt to attach universal virtue to the ritual of two good looking people exchanging glances to “check-out” each other. Something which happens about ten times a day with ten different people.
“She smiled at me on the subway, she was with another man.”
“I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don’t know what to do, ‘Cause I’ll never be with you.”
The lines “I don’t know what to do, cause ill never be with you” are especially annoying. Frankly, I have seen more moving tragedy both romantic and otherwise. Most likely, Mr Blunt, you’re going to forget her as soon as you step into the subway train and notice an even more ravishing beauty sitting across the aisle. In any case, if the beauty was really such a knock-out hottie, your prolly one in a hundred men who tried to catch her eye and succeeded. Most of these other men are also heaving deep sighs of regret and inwardly lamenting the fact that “they will never be with her”.
Course, its fun to catch the eyes of a pretty gal and be lost in those coy and shy eyes for a while. It even makes your heart jump for a moment. But to take that emotion seriously and mull over it for weeks is silly. One should be true enough to oneself to know there’s hardly anything “deep” about ones feelings. The emotion is all physical and hardly cerebral. Then again, love is all physical. I invariably fall in love with the prettiest girl in class.
The lyrics, dealing with a base and superficial subject, are hardly even well phrased or have any poetic value. The words follow a rigid rhyme scheme “i saw your FACE, in a crowded PLACE” “and I don’t know what to DO, cause ill never be with YOU”. Damn, even Mr Blunt can do better than that!!!!
Compare this with Bruce Springsteen’s
“The church doors blown open, I can hear the organs song, but the congregations gone”
“The sweet veils of mercy, drift through the evening trees“.
You are instantly transported to a world characterized by poetic beauty.
Or consider Bob Dylan’s
“Come mothers and fathers all over this land
And don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughter are beyond your command
Your old role is rapidly aging Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand”
“Don’t speak too soon, the wheel’s still in spin
and there’s no telling who that it’s naming
Oh the loser will be later to win”
Although Bob Dylan also usually follows a rigid rhyme most of the time, the thought contained in the words and the elegance of his lines strike you again and again.
And to imagine James Blunt is hugely popular. I can well imagine young men and women weeping in their bedrooms at night to the song lamenting the fact they couldn’t be with the hottie in class.
That’s pop culture for you. Hence my pop criticism.