Song of the Day #1,111: ‘Hurt’ – Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is the artist who was most in need of image rehabilitation before the debut of The Voice.

In the previous year or so she’d made headlines for splitting with her husband, flubbing the lyrics of the national anthem at the Super Bowl and tripping onstage at the Grammys. And her most recent album, Bionic, was a high-profile flop.

On The Voice, she didn’t really do herself any favors. Her teasing banter with her co-hosts, Adam Levine in particular, was often more awkward than funny and at times she seemed to have a bit of a cruel streak.

On top of that, the singers she chose were all modeled on her own ample talents — big voices, little nuance. And while Aguilera has mostly stayed on the right side of the line between impressive and annoying, not all of her contestants managed to do the same. Still, she did find a keeper in the Melissa Etheridge-esque Beverly McClellan, her final four contestant.

But despite Aguilera’s rocky road through the first season of The Voice, I was won over by her heartfelt comments in the season finale, in which she thanked her fellow coaches for being the big brothers she never had. That analogy was spot on, and cast her previous behavior in a new, more flattering light.

Seems like it was yesterday when I saw your face
You told me how proud you were but I walked away
If only I knew what I know today

I would hold you in my arms
I would take the pain away
Thank you for all you’ve done
Forgive all your mistakes
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
To hear your voice again
Sometimes I want to call you but I know you won’t be there

I’m sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn’t do
And I’ve hurt myself by hurting you
Some days I feel broke inside but I won’t admit
Sometimes I just want to hide ’cause it’s you I miss
You know it’s so hard to say goodbye when it comes to this

Would you tell me I was wrong?
Would you help me understand?
Are you looking down upon me?
Are you proud of who I am?
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
To have just one more chance
To look into your eyes and see you looking back

I’m sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn’t do
And I’ve hurt myself
If I had just one more day, I would tell you how much that
I’ve missed you since you’ve been away

Oh, it’s dangerous
It’s so out of line to try to turn back time

I’m sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn’t do
And I’ve hurt myself

By hurting you

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,111: ‘Hurt’ – Christina Aguilera

  1. Amy says:

    I agree that her “big brothers” comment did more for me than all of her antics/ridiculous costumes/comments/mentoring to that point.

    Oh, and I also liked the song she chose to sing as a duet with Beverly. Despite all the make-up and cleavage revealing outfits, and outrageous blonde hair, she seemed, in that instant, to truly believe the message of her song that there are all kinds of “Beautiful.”

    Today’s SOTD is new to me, as I only know the songs of hers that I haven’t been able to escape on the radio. (with the exception, I suppose, of “Reflection,” a song I never avoided). I can’t say that it does anything for me, but there is no denying that VOICE. For that reason alone, she earned her spot on the panel.

  2. Dana says:

    She does have a strong voice, but I’ve never been wild about her songs. And I agree with what both you and Amy have said about her contribution to the Voice. Certainly, if they had to replace one person on that panel, I would be fine with her leaving and replacing her with someone like Katy Perry.

  3. Clay says:

    My two favorite Aguilera songs are the two I’ve featured on the blog: ‘Mercy on Me and ‘Save Me From Myself.’ And those are the two that rely the least on her style of over-singing.

    With quality material, she’d be unstoppable. But I think her own taste gets in her way.

    Katy Perry would be a great replacement on The Voice, though I doubt they’re looking to change the lineup.

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