I have written before about love song lyrics. It’s not a pretty picture. Love songs are extremely bad representations of love and romance. No guy should ever copy the behavior portrayed in the songs. The roles of men reflected in the lyrics paint a picture of guys who fail at anything remotely masculine. At best, the men who sing them tend to act like whiny children in the songs.
Is that harsh enough?
The latest bad romance song on the radio is "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes. This is a whiny, albeit popular, song in which the singer complains to a girl how he's so much better than the guy she is dating. When this disturbing song comes on the radio I can’t switch stations fast enough! Disturbing? WTF? Really? Well, let’s take a look at the lyrics (courtesy of Soundhound on my iPhone.)
I won’t lie to you
I know he’s just not right for you...
Of course the singer “knows” he’s not right for the girl. Any guy who can’t get a girl who has an existing boyfriend “knows” the other guy is “wrong.” That’s how the mind of a spurned guy works. The other guy is no good. The spurned guy thinks he’s shining a light on the other guy’s inadequacies like a politician ghosting his opponent, but like all negative campaigning, it falls short of the goal. I hope the projection makes the singer feel better, but the other guy still got the girl and the singer didn’t.