being your fool

I played the students Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved A Man ( the way that I love you) because I thought, like me, many would have assumed the song was about being in love with someone when in fact it is about being in a toxic relationship with a loser. I wanted to startle them by showing them the difference between what they thought it was about vs. what it really was about and maybe this would make it more interesting to listen attentively to the lyrics of many more songs. The first person who raised her hand when I asked what they thought it was about answered “it’s about being in a toxic relationship with a loser”. Poof, my whole lecture was gone.

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