Alan Jackson has a new single for 2012.
The country legend took a new tune into the top 30 this past year. Now he’s ready to get things back to the top of the charts. The new song, So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore, is great. It’s classic country that tells the heart breaking story of a guy left for broke by his woman.
So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore – Alan Jackson
So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore is a slow country song about the sad situation of a break up. The guy in the song is looking back on a few of the good times he’s had with his former lover. He’s trying not to have bad feelings about what went on. He’s trying to take the high road even though it seems like a tough situation. It almost seems like both folks want to stay together, but they’re trying to break it off. He’s trying to give her a reason so she can leave and he’s doing what she asks.
Break ups are never easy. It’s hard to find one reason for their occurrence, but that’s not usually the case. There are always deep emotions going on with break ups. Both parties know it, but we still look for the simple things that we think we can fix to make things get back to normal.
The man in So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore is doing all the things he thinks he should in the situation. He’s taking all the blame. He’s acting like a jerk. He’s doing what he can to make the woman feel like she’s making the right decision by leaving. It’s a confusing situation – making someone hate you – but it happens. This is what happens sometimes when people break up. They act irrationally. Or maybe this is rational. Maybe this is the best way to deal with the pain.
I think Alan Jackson is back to the basics with this track. This song is classic country music. The song has a great melody. Even though the song moves along slowly you find yourself caught up in the way Alan sings the verses and the chorus. It’s a beautiful song about a difficult subject.
There is a side to country that makes you feel pain. Sometimes country music hits on the break ups and the heart aches. It’s part of the reason so many people love the genre. I think there is still room for songs like So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore on the radio.
I think there’s room for Alan Jackson on today’s country radio.
Chart Estimate: #5
CML Points: 88/100