What We Learn From BSB Singles: As Long As You Love Me

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There’s been a lot of singles from The Boys over the years. And with some of them they’re sort of unforgettable songs. As a fan who completely grew up on Backstreet I’d like to think some of our biggest life lessons might have come directly from their biggest singles. Admittedly the biggest WTF thoughts might have originated from these songs as well. (I’m looking at you I Want It That Way.) So with a new song series I’ll not only remind you of the songs we’ve loved and adored over the years…but how much we’ve gotten from those songs.

(Or how little sense they make, one or the other.)

While the amazing Sara is covering the WTF-ness of music videos… (have you seen that post? Go read it. It’s hilarious, but then come back!) I will be covering the songs. Maybe everything thing will make sense when we’re done. I won’t hold my breath though.

We’ll start with a personal favorite…As Long As You Love Me

Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine
I’m leavin’ my life in your hands
People say I’m crazy and that I am blind
Risking it all in a glance
And how you got me blind is still a mystery
I can’t get you out of my head
Don’t care what is written in your history
As long as you’re here with me

1. Loneliness can be your friend? Score! You’re not alone! Wait, wait a second…

2. Backstreet Boys must be really impulsive if they’re leaving their lives in our hands. Are they insane?!

3. Oops, I asked too soon. Others have told them they’re not only insane but blind too. But they’re not sure how they got that way. That’s concerning…

4. They don’t care what you’ve got hiding in your past. That’s good! It can be good…I mean, it’s a judgement free zone.

I don’t care who you are
Where you’re from
What you did
As long as you love me
Who you are
Where you’re from
Don’t care what you did
As long as you love me

5. Um, how can you love me if you don’t know who I am?

6. You don’t care what I did?! What if I killed people? YOU SHOULD CARE!!!!!

7. Love can be blind but this is pretty extreme.

Every little thing that you have said and done
Feels like it’s deep within me
Doesn’t really matter if you’re on the run
It seems like we’re meant to be

8. Okay I’m confused. You already told me you don’t care what I’ve done. How can you feel it deep within you then? This was an early Backstreet single and already we’re learning that BSB don’t make a lick of sense.

9. Also, they’re really driving it home that we can be serial killers on the run and that’s okay. Because they say it doesn’t matter.

10. You don’t know me but we’re meant to be? Those Boys move pretty fast.

I don’t care who you are
Where you’re from
What you did
As long as you love me
Who you are
Where you’re from
Don’t care what you did
As long as you love me

11. Just curious, why do you love me then? Because I love you? This seems almost narcissistic now.

I’ve tried to hide it so that no one knows
But I guess it shows
When you look into my eyes
What you did and where you’re comin from
I don’t care, as long as you love me, baby

12. They might be ashamed of these low standards or self-involved reasons. They did try to hide it after all.

13. I think it showed when the cops looked into your eyes and knew you were lying after they showed up at your door.

14. Right, you don’t care. You love me as long as I love you. I love you then. Hope you don’t mind hiding the dead bodies!

As long as you love me (as long as you love me)
Who you are (who you are)
Where you’re from (where you’re from)
Don’t care what you did (yeah)
As long as you love me (as long as you love me)
Who you are (who you are)
Where you’re from
What you did
As long as you love me
Who you are (who you are)
Where you’re from (where you’re from)
As long as you love me
Who you are
As long as you love me
What you did (I don’t care)
As long as you love me

The Overall Lesson:
So…The Boys are basically to blame for all the inappropriate, crazy or “stalkerish” behavior many fans practice in this fandom. It’s all on them! For nearly two decades now they’ve sang to us, pounded into our brains since a young age that they’re going to love us no matter what. As long as we love them of course. It won’t matter who we are, where we’re from or what we do. That’s what they’ve been teaching us all time.

Is it our fault that some called them on it?

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2 thoughts on “What We Learn From BSB Singles: As Long As You Love Me

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