December 10, 2009
When it was released in September, Carrie Underwood's single "Cowboy Casanova" had led some people (not us) to wonder whether it was about the country star's former beau, Tony Romo(notes). With lines like "he'll break your heart/it's just a matter of time" and the not-so-subtle title, it seemed probable. But Underwood tells Esquire magazine that it's not true and takes a shot at the Dallas Cowboys quarterback in the process:
I would never immortalize a guy that did me wrong. I would never give him that much credit.
Oh, Carrie, I beg to differ.
Of course she's gonna say that, first of all. It's not like Eric Clapton was giving interviews in 1970 describing how "Layla" was about George Harrison's wife. After looking at the lyrics of "Cowboy Casanova" and watching the video way too many times (way too many), I'm calling shenanigans on Ms. Underwood's claim.
Let's look line-by-line at the first verse of the song (which was penned by Underwood and two other guys whose names aren't important):
You better take it from me, that boy is like a disease
We open with a subtle allusion to Terrell Owens(notes), the man widely referred to as a "locker room cancer". Perhaps Underwood is trying to suggest that it was Romo, and not Owens, who was the true cancer on the team and in the relationship.
You're running, you're trying, you're trying to hide
And you're wondering why you can't get free
Trying to hide? Like, say, in Mexico?
He's like a curse, he's like a drug
You get addicted to his love
This may have less to do with Romo and more to do with the songwriters being in a Robert Palmer phase at the time they wrote this song.
You wanna get out but he's holding you down
‘Cause you can't live without one more touch
I suppose it's just coincidence that the last two words of these lines are "touch" and "down". Totally inadvertent, I'm sure.
It is interesting that Underwood chose to use the phrase "he's holding you down" though, seeing as how Romo is well-known for his lack of ability in doing just that.
Thanks, Huffington Post
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