Song of the Day #3,411: ‘The Night Before (Life Goes On)’ – Carrie Underwood

My appreciation of country music doesn’t extend to the generic country pop featured on Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut album, Some Hearts. I like the harder-edged sound of hit single ‘Before He Cheats’ well enough, but something like today’s Random Weekend SOTD leaves me cold.

That said, I do think this song has merit lyrically. It depicts the relationship between a young woman about to head off to college and the small town man she’s leaving behind.

I can see why the scenario and theme resonate with people. It could make a good short story. I just don’t like the musical treatment. The same material in the hands of Miranda Lambert or Brandy Clark could be powerful.

[Verse 1]
Sitting up on the roof
Sneaking a smoke by the chimney
Checking out the moon
And the city lights
He takes off his flannel shirt
And he drapes it around her shoulders
Slides up behind her and holds on tight
And she says
“I don’t want this night to end
Why does it have to end?”

[Chorus]
Tomorrow she’ll be rolling down I-10
Baton Rouge, LSU
18 years in her rear view
He’s got a Friday paycheck lined up down the block
At daddy’s shop
It ain’t much, but it’s a job
They’ve been dreading this moment all summer long
The night before life goes on

[Verse 2]
Ooh
A tear falls off her cheek and
Right when it hits his arm, he says
“Come on baby, let’s get out of here”
They take one last drive around town
And man, it already looks different
He bangs the wheel and says “Life ain’t fair”
And this growing up stuff man, I don’t
I just don’t want to let you go”

[Chorus]
Tomorrow she’ll be rolling down I-10
Baton Rouge, LSU
18 years in her rear view
He’s got a Friday paycheck lined up down the block
At daddy’s shop
It ain’t much, but it’s a job
They’ve been dreading this moment all summer long
The night before life goes on

[Bridge]
Yeah, that’s what my momma told me
And just like those kids
I didn’t want to listen to no one
Yea, there’s nothing you can do
There’s nothing you can say
And I know how it feels when love goes away

[Chorus]
Tomorrow she’ll be rolling down I-10
Baton Rouge LSU
18 years in her rear view
He’s got a Friday paycheck lined up down the block
At daddy’s shop
It is not much, but it’s a job
They’ve been dreading this moment all summer long
But here it is, they don’t have long
The night before life goes on
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,411: ‘The Night Before (Life Goes On)’ – Carrie Underwood

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I agree with you. Good lyrics, musically bland. But “Before He Cheats” is gold.

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