Song of the Day #3,032: ‘Motivation’ – Sheryl Crow

sheryl_crow_detoursThe arc of most artists’ careers is a bell curve — a ramp up to their biggest success and then a gradual (or not so gradual) decline. That’s true even for stars who blew up right out of the gate.

Sheryl Crow’s arc isn’t really an arc at all but a steep downhill slope. Her first album was a smash hit, selling 10 million copies worldwide. Then every one of her next seven albums sold fewer than the last, even as she remained in the pop culture conversation as both a musician and a celebrity.

Detours, the 2008 album on which today’s SOTD appears, was her last album to go Gold (and, incidentally, her last album to chart in Sweden).

At her current trajectory, Crow will be playing neighborhood birthday parties soon, and yet she still feels like a pretty big star.

Little white girl
In a shiny black car
Hanging out with her friends
And doing black tar

Daddy pays for the wedding
With a fist full of dollars
Cost as much
As the state of Guatemala

Oh why
Even try?

Well I got a big car
And a flat screen TV
All my loser friends
And my boyfriend’s family

Bring bags of food
And watch reality freak shows
Everybody’s faking it
But nobody thinks so

Oh why
Even try?

Got no grease on my hands
Got no serious plans
Whole world’s waiting for me
‘Cause all I gotta do is get it for free
Got no reason to bitch
Ain’t no parties I’ve missed
Got to have it that way
‘Cause baby I got, motivation
Motivation

Skinny young dude
In a hundred dollar tee shirt
In King James kicks
And a brand new manicure

Hotties doing pilates
With the snotties and the pleasers
Sneaking in the back door
At Coconut Teasers

Why
Even try?

Well, I dropped out of school
When I was seventeen
‘Cause I didn’t have time
To study my magazines

‘Cause there’s a lot to learn
From the privileged few
Like how to build a brand
Wearing high heeled shoes

Oh why
Even try?

Got no grease on my hands
Got no serious plans
Whole world’s waiting for me
‘Cause all I gotta do is get it for free

Got no grease on my hands
Got no serious plans
Whole world’s waiting for me
‘Cause all I gotta do is get it for free
Got no reason to bitch
Ain’t no parties I’ve missed
Got to have it that way
‘Cause baby I got, motivation
Motivation

I’m gonna own this town
I’m gonna own this town
I’m gonna own this town
Yeah, it’s all mine

Oh why
Even try?

Got no grease on my hands
Got no serious plans
Whole world’s waiting for me
‘Cause all I gotta do is get it for free
Got no reason to bitch
Ain’t no parties I’ve missed
Got to have it that way
‘Cause baby I got

Got no grease on my hands
Got no serious plans
Whole world’s waiting for me
‘Cause all I gotta do is get it for free
Got no reason to bitch
Ain’t no parties I’ve missed
Got to have it that way
‘Cause baby I got, motivation
Motivation
Motivation
Motivation

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,032: ‘Motivation’ – Sheryl Crow

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure what happened to Crow. She lost me with that insipid “Soak up the Sun” and never got me back, nor did she apparently get her Swedish fan base back.

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