This catchy song by Sugarland has been in my head a lot lately, and I don’t have a problem with the lyrics. They describe the ups and downs of a long-term relationship. The music video, however, is the creepiest thing I’ve seen in a while.
Jennifer Nettles is obsessed with a man who wants nothing to do with her, so she and bandmate Kristian Bush kidnap him and take him to a warehouse where she’s set up house for them. The video ends with Nettles punching the camera after her “boyfriend” has received a call from an attractive woman.
In case you can’t see how disturbing this scenario is, turn it around: picture a man obsessed with and kidnapping a young woman, forcing her to eat birthday cake and punching her when a young man calls her phone. Not funny at all, right? Which is why it’s not a bit funny in the video, either. It’s hard to see why Sugarland thought such a concept was a good idea, and it’s soured my affection for the song.