Riff: Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”

Oct 9, 2013

I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows/Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows/I didn’t come here to start a fight, but I’m up for anything tonight/You know you broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy

from Redneck Crazy lyrics by Tyler Farr

Torn – this celebration of stalking and domestic abuse is impossible to get behind, but at least it’s original for the genre, as Farr professes he’s “the kind [of man] who shows up at your house at 3 a.m.” Points for honesty, but it’s a small drop of quality in the restraining order bucket.

  • Jarred Klotz

    Karl do you like to talk trash on every song…It is clear to me that you don’t like country music nor do you appreciate it….For future references please don’t talk about country music like that….What kind of music do you listen to and how would you like it if someone was talking trash on every one of the songs that you like….

    • Karl

      Thanks for commenting, Jarred!

      I actually do a fair amount of gushing on tracks that push the envelope, reach deep into the heart, or make me re-examine music. Heck, I even enjoy some country! My beef with country as a whole, though, is that it generally doesn’t seem like *actual country* anymore, but basically early 2000’s pop-rock leftovers with a country accent and twangy guitar thrown on top, as well as fairly mundane lyrics about booze and women.

      However, this song is just plain awful from an objective standpoint. It states the proper response to getting one’s heart broken is stalking and violent harassment of exes in a drunken rage. Bonus points for portraying the rival (new) boyfriend as a a sissy because he has a small truck (over-compensation, much?). Fuck yeah, domestic abuse! ‘MERICA!

      That said, feel free to mock tech-metal, math rock, indie rock, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and chill electronic music. All music, especially stuff I like, is easy to mock, but not all music is easy to praise.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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