Dec 24, 2008

What a dweeb

I'm a big Carrie Underwood fan, as I think I've mentioned before. And most of the time, I can tell what she's singing because she enunciates pretty well.

An exception is her current charting single, "Just a Dream." In the chorus, I can't tell whether she's singing "He's a'comin' home now" or "He's NOT comin' home now." But it doesn't really matter (except that they mean the exact opposite of one another); I'll just switch back and forth between the two when I'm singing in the car, and I'll be right 50 percent of the time. P.S. to the songwriters: this song doesn't make any sense. Neither does the video. *

But I digress. I was ORIGINALLY going to say that I totally embarrassed myself the other day while driving and singing in the car. And you know if you're alone and you embarrass YOURSELF, you must have done something pretty stupid.

So I'm singing along to Carrie's "All-American Girl." And we come into the chorus and I'm belting it out at top volume:

And now, he's wrapped around her finger
She's the center of his whole world
And his heart belongs to that sweet little, beautiful, wonderful, perfect
North American girl.

Oh, wait. What did I just sing? "NORTH AMERICAN GIRL"? Where in the heck did THAT come from? I'm not sure why, but it made me feel anti-something. Anti-what, I don't know. Anti-Australian? Anti-British? But no worries ... I was well into the next verse.

And then I did it AGAIN. So now I'm [pretty legitimately] afraid I'll never be able to sing it correctly again.

* If you aren't familiar with "Just a Dream," the first verse goes:

It was two weeks after the day she turned eighteen
All dressed in white
Going to the church that night
She had his box of letters in the passenger seat
Sixpence in a shoe, something borrowed, something blue
And when the church doors opened up wide
She put her veil down
Trying to hide the tears
Oh she just couldn't believe it
She heard trumpets from the military band
And the flowers fell out of her hand.

I THINK they were engaged but he died while away at war, so she went to his funeral instead of their wedding. The second verse says she received a folded flag, and I'm not sure if that would go to her if they weren't married yet, or to his parents instead. I hoped the video would clear it up, so I TiVoed the CMT Top 20 Countdown over the weekend. Alas, it's a strict interpretation of the lyrics, SO IT DIDN'T HELP AT ALL.

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