Song of the Day #745: ‘Undo It’ – Carrie Underwood

I’ve come to appreciate Carrie Underwood more and more over the past several months. Much of that has to do with my new affection for country music, although I still haven’t really warmed up to her songs.

Mostly I’m impressed with her personality and her vocal chops. She’s a fine performer who has risen from the ultimate amateur status to become true country music royalty. I’ve watched her take home awards by the armload, breaking records left and right, and always with the same sweet “all this for little old me?” attitude.

Underwood’s most popular songs straddle the line between country and rock, just as Taylor Swift’s bridge the country and pop worlds. Her latest hit, ‘Undo It,’ is certainly no exception. It’s a sibling (practically a twin) to her other mega-hit ‘Before He Cheats.’ As with that track, I sense that she’s singing this song but not feeling it. She has a surface quality that I’d like to see sand-papered out of her. I sense that she’s capable of a whole lot more.

I should have known by the way you passed me by
There was something in your eyes and it wasn’t right
I should have walked but I never had the chance
Everything got out of hand and I let it slide

Now I only have myself to blame for falling for your stupid games
I wish my life could be the way it was before I saw your face

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
Boy, you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

Na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na

Now your photos don’t have a picture frame
And I never say your name and I never will
And all your things, well I threw them in the trash
And I’m not even sad

Now you only have yourself to blame for playing all those stupid games
You’re always gonna be the same and, oh no, you’ll never change

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
Boy, you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

Na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na

You want my future, you can’t have it
I’m still trying to erase you from my past
I need you gone so fast

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
Boy, you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
Boy, you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #745: ‘Undo It’ – Carrie Underwood

  1. Dana says:

    Well, this song is very familiar to our family. In fact, it has been in heavy rotation during our car rides this trip as our rental car came with satellite radio and this song is currently played about every 10 minutes on Radio Disney.

    There is very little about this song that is country, and Underwood definitely trends towards pop-rock, at least with regard to the singles she releases.

    I disagree with your view that she isn’t showing enough emotion here–I think she does, just as she did with “Before He Cheats.” She’s pretty good at singing break up songs. Just don’t stand in her way!

  2. Amy says:

    I like the song, and I find Carrie Underwood to be down-to-earth and so charming. Maybe that’s why you have a tough time buying her conviction when she sings a song like this. I agree with Dana that it’s not for lack of conviction in the singing.

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