Song of the Day #3,697: ‘Don’t Bother’ – Shakira

‘Don’t Bother’ is the lead single from Shakira’s 2005 album Oral Fixation Vol. 2, the English-language follow-up to Fijacion Oral, Vol 1 from early that same year. This was Shakira’s second English-language album.

With a few exception, I’ve always preferred Shakira’s Spanish-language work, and this song is a good example of why. The lyrics are just odd to the point of distraction.

It starts with the random Tai Chi reference in the first verse, but the real head-scratcher is the bridge, wherein Shakira offers to move to a communist country, file her nails and lose weight in order to win back her man. Maybe it’s meant sarcastically, as it contradicts the “I’ll be fine” message? Or maybe the “I’ll be fine” is a brave but false front and she really is that pathetic?

I don’t know. I don’t really care to know, either. It’s an ok pop rock song but super low on my list of reasons to love Shakira.

[Verse 1]
She’s got the kind of look that defies gravity
She’s the greatest cook and she’s fat free
She’s been to private school
And she speaks perfect French
She’s got the perfect friends
Oh, isn’t she cool?
She practices Tai Chi
She’d never lose her nerve
She’s more than you deserve
She’s just far better than me
Hey, hey

[Chorus]
So don’t bother
I won’t die of deception
I promise you won’t ever see me cry
Don’t feel sorry
And don’t bother, I’ll be fine
But she’s waiting
And the ring you gave to her will lose its shine
So don’t bother, be unkind

[Verse 2]
I’m sure she doesn’t know
How to touch you like I would
I beat her at that one good
Don’t you think so?
She’s almost six feet tall
She must think I’m a flea
I’m really a cat, you see
And it’s not my last life at all
Hey, hey

[Chorus]
So don’t bother
I won’t die of deception
I promise you won’t ever see me cry
Don’t feel sorry
Don’t bother, I’ll be fine
But she’s waiting
And the ring you gave to her will lose its shine
So don’t bother, be unkind

[Bridge]
For you, I’d give up all I own
And move to a communist country
If you came with me, of course
And I’d file my nails so they don’t hurt you
And lose those pounds, and learn about football
If it made you stay, but you won’t, but you won’t

[Chorus]
So don’t bother
I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine
Promise you won’t ever see me cry
And after all, I’m glad that I’m not your type
Promise you won’t ever see me cry
Don’t bother
I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine
Promise you won’t ever see me cry
And after all, I’m glad that I’m not your type
Not your type, not your type, not your type
Promise you won’t ever see me cry

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,697: ‘Don’t Bother’ – Shakira

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I was going to analyze the lyrics, but then I got distracted by the video, so now I’m willing to move to a communist country with Shakira.😊

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