Posts Tagged ‘Country Music’

Kevin Fowler — Hellbent for a Heartache

September 14, 2009

Hey, sorry for not writing anything in a while, I finally got a job and for a while I was really busy. I’m really glad to be able to write again, I missed it. So, as a way to make it up to you, I’m going to apologize AND do an analysis unlike certain bloggers referred to in a certain XKCD comic.  So, without further adieu, it’s time to analyze another song by Kevin Fowler.

This song is entitled Hellbent for a Heartache and lightens the mood in coming after the song Penny for Your Thoughts.  It is upbeat and silly.  It features an irregular rhyme scheme and contains a hefty amount of his Texan accent.  In this narrative he talks about himself as a lovesick fool who just doesn’t know the right girls to go after and doesn’t know when to quit chasing them.  He also makes himself out as one who doesn’t want sympathy, because that’s just the way he is.

Well if you looked up “fool” in a Webster Dic book
You’d find a picture of me
You’d say, “Now, this ole boy
Ain’t too smart wearing his heart on his sleeve.”
I’m a sucker for love, oh I’m a true romantic
I’ve been the fool before
But every girl that’s ever known me, has gone and left me lonely
And I kept comin’ back for more

Kevin starts his song out with a play on the old “if you look up gullible in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of so-and-so.” cliche and tells you what you’d think about him.  I kinda find this approach funny, because the song is written as if he’s talking directly to you about a relatively personal subject which implies familiarity, and yet he’s dictating your opinion of him based on a hypothetical seeing him illustrating the word ‘fool.’  I just find it somewhat inconsistent, because if you knew him already he shouldn’t have to point out the fact that he’s a fool, because you’d know it already.   This is something that you, as an friend or acquaintance, might say to someone else when talking about him, but not something you’d say about yourself to someone you know personally.   He kind of mixes perspective here and although he’s going for the silly trash-talk approach, it just strikes me as odd how he does it.  He finishes off the verse by confirming that he is a fool and eliminating any room for sympathy by saying that “..I keep coming back for more.”

Chorus:

Cuz I’m hellbent for a heartache
I keep fallin’ over and over again
It’s a lesson in love I can’t get the hang of
It’s the game of chance I ain’t ever gonna win
I’m hellbent for a heartache
I keep fallin’ over and over again
Well my heart’s at stake
But that’s the chance I’ll take
Cuz I’m hellbent for a heartache

In the chorus he describes his foolish state as incurable, because he is ‘hellbent’ and nothing can change him from the way he is.  He admits that he keeps ‘falling’ both in love and in relationships continuously and although he knows that he’s not learning a lesson he needs to from each of his failed attempts and that his heart is the token in this ongoing ‘game’, he’s willing to take the chance that he’ll ‘lose’ and keep on being foolish.  With the line ‘but that’s a chance I’ll take’ it seems to me that although he knows he’s a fool, he’s somewhat proud of that fact, this also is seen in his describing himself as ‘hellbent.’

Now all my life I’ve been mistreated
A little good lovin’ is all I ever needed
To keep me alive, keep me hangin’ on
Oh for once it’d sure feel nice
Not to be singing the blues
I never learn, I just keep on believing
Til one day these dreams’ll come true

(Chorus 2x)

In this last verse he laments about his past love life, says that he’s always been mistreated by those he’s pursued and hyperbolizes his need for it by saying that it’s something that’ll ‘keep me alive, keep me hangin’ on.’  While love is a need, if it’s these girls’ love he needs then he’s foolishly disregarding the love of his friends and family, which if you haven’t forgotten, he does and you’re apparently one of them since he’s telling you about this.  Despite all of his failures he has hope that his dreams of finding a woman that will love him will come true.  Once again he’s inconsistent, because he’s already admitted that he’s ‘hellbent’ and doomed to fail, but I guess a guy can hope, cant he?

Unless I’m wrong about the beginning inconsistency (which I very well might be), this song is somewhat badly written.  While intended to be humorous (well, it seems to be anyway), it is inconsistently written compared to his other songs.  In Speak of the Devil he succeeded in shifting the frame and focus within the verse and making a progression with it, and he does the same in other songs in the album which I will write about, but this one just seems to have a failed attempt.  It doesn’t ruin the song, though, I still like it, because it’s fun to listen to and sing along with, but I have to say it isn’t one of his better songs.  What do you think of it?  The next song I’ll be writing about is I Found Out the Hard Way and I plan on getting it up soon.

Ryan

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Kevin Fowler — Penny For Your Thoughts

May 25, 2009

The third song on Kevin Fowler’s album Beer, Bait and Ammo is Penny for Your Thoughts, a more serious song that talks about the very real problem of the role of money in modern day relationships and the stereotype that love requires money and vice versa.  There isn’t any real set rhyme scheme with this song, at most its slant rhyme.

Some folks put a price on everything
Cause nothin’ in life comes for free
Well love don’t cost money, just hard work and time
You’ve got to give if you want to receive

This first verse outlines the overall problem. Namely, that supposedly nothing is free in life, except love.  Kind of the same concept as the Beatle’s song Can’t Buy Me Love without the carefree attitude towards the money that can’t get what the singer wants.  It also shows a bit of parallelism between how money works and how love works, giving in order to receive.

I’d give a penny for your thoughts
The world for one kiss
Give my life for your love
Give it all for one wish
I would buy you the moon
And the stars up above
I could you buy most anything
But I can’t buy your love

I take back what I said earlier about the singer lacking the carefree attitude towards money that the singer in Can’t Buy Me Love, because the singer is willing to give up everything so that the woman he loves will love him, but the tone of the display of his wishes is more desperate than cheerful as the Beatle’s song was.  As the singer goes through the chorus it shows progression from smaller things to larger things and what he’d give to have the woman’s love.  The end of the chorus is also the only place in the song where we see actual rhyme.  This compared to his other songs that I’ve looked at so far has the least amount of rhyming in it.

When it comes to love and money
It seems the two go hand in hand
At least that’s what they say
About love these days
I just don’t understand
Yes I’d be a heathen if I were to believe
She could love me for who I am
I’d give it all away just to hear her say
I love my poor man

In this verse he bemoans the purported relationship between love and money that everyone says is true and says, “I guess I’m a heathen then, because I don’t believe it.” and declares that he would give it all away if she would say that she loved him though he was poor.  Speaking of ‘poor’  he uses it in a clever way as a pun instead of the normal ‘you poor, poor man.’  sense.

I would buy you the moon
And the stars up above
I could you buy most anything
But I can’t buy your love

Here he repeats the last four lines of the chorus to close out the song and give it a feel of completion and kind of leaves the audience with the implication that he did not win the love of the one he loved.

This is one of my favorite songs of his, because it talks about something really relevant.  Most people can relate to this sort of song, because just about everyone has money issues and in this age where commercials all say that money can buy happiness and improve your love life with all the things you can buy with it, people struggle with what is and isn’t appropriate to do to show one’s love for their loved one.  While the song is pretty plain in its words, not using too many poetic devices, it gets its point across and in my opinion is a great down-to-earth song.

The third song on Kevin Fowler’s album Beer, Bait and Ammo is Penny for Your Thoughts, a more serious song that talks about the very real problem of the role of money in modern day relationships and the stereotype that love requires money and vice versa.  There isn’t any real set rhyme scheme with this song, at most its slant rhyme.

Some folks put a price on everything
Cause nothin’ in life comes for free
Well love don’t cost money, just hard work and time
You’ve got to give if you want to receive

This first verse outlines the overall problem. Namely, that supposedly nothing is free in life, except love.  Kind of the same concept as the Beatle’s song Can’t Buy Me Love without the carefree attitude towards the money that can’t get what the singer wants.  It also shows a bit of parallelism between how money works and how love works, giving in order to receive.

I’d give a penny for your thoughts
The world for one kiss
Give my life for your love
Give it all for one wish
I would buy you the moon
And the stars up above
I could you buy most anything
But I can’t buy your love

I take back what I said earlier about the singer lacking the carefree attitude towards money that the singer in Can’t Buy Me Love, because the singer is willing to give up everything so that the woman he loves will love him, but the tone of the display of his wishes is more desperate than cheerful as the Beatle’s song was.  As the singer goes through the chorus it shows progression from smaller things to larger things and what he’d give to have the woman’s love.  The end of the chorus is also the only place in the song where we see actual rhyme.  This compared to his other songs that I’ve looked at so far has the least amount of rhyming in it.

When it comes to love and money
It seems the two go hand in hand
At least that’s what they say
About love these days
I just don’t understand
Yes I’d be a heathen if I were to believe
She could love me for who I am
I’d give it all away just to hear her say
I love my poor man

In this verse he bemoans the purported relationship between love and money that everyone says is true and says, “I guess I’m a heathen then, because I don’t believe it.” and declares that he would give it all away if she would say that she loved him though he was poor.  Speaking of ‘poor’  he uses it in a clever way as a pun instead of the normal ‘you poor, poor man.’  sense.

I would buy you the moon
And the stars up above
I could you buy most anything
But I can’t buy your love

Here he repeats the last four lines of the chorus to close out the song and give it a feel of completion and kind of leaves the audience with the implication that he did not win the love of the one he loved.

This is one of my favorite songs of his, because it talks about something really relevant.  Most people can relate to this sort of song, because just about everyone has money issues and in this age where commercials all say that money can buy happiness and improve your love life with all the things you can buy with it, people struggle with what is and isn’t appropriate to do to show one’s love for their loved one.  While the song is pretty plain in its words, not using too many poetic devices, it gets its point across and in my opinion is a great down-to-earth song.