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19 April 2013

Friday Music: "Karate" - Brad Paisley

I give you Brad Paisley's "Karate":

The song is a revenge fantasy about a woman who is abused by her husband. I learned of in this review from Fresh Air. (I find the review completely misguided, BTW.) The music is oddly playful and upbeat given the grave nature of the lyrics, running the risk of trivializing the topic. This song, off the same album as the controversial "Accidental Racist," tackles yet another social problem. This song could help facilitate a discussion on domestic violence, retribution, and gender as well as a discussion about the larger public debate about the role of musicians in facilitating the amelioration of social problems.


  1. This might be paired with "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood in a discussion about retribution.


  2. I like where your head's at, Brent.