Framing Hanley Singled Out Week: Criminal
It's funny because originally, the story behind the lyrics in that chorus are so far removed from what that song ended up gravitating towards and becoming. My four year old son is a huge Taylor Swift fan. Naturally, I wanted him to be listening to stuff like Foo Fighters, maybe some Guns n Roses, ya know? Well, he'd resist and instead listen to Taylor constantly (I found it to be a battle half-won when he finally started to listen to City & Colour). At any rate, several times I'd find that I'd be driving…alone…and throw it on my iPhone & out of all musicians to listen to, I'd listen to Taylor Swift's Red album…with my son nowhere around. So it was like I was breaking the very "law" that I was attempting to lay down for my own son haha.
Upon revisiting that lyric, when working on this track with Eric Bass (Shinedown), we went in another direction with the song. I think maybe something a lot more people relate to, in the end, than telling their child to stop listening to Taylor Swift all the damn time. I think many people have been in that relationship where you're doing all the wrong things, breaking all the rules, all because what happens in that bedroom is so intoxicating that it makes it all worth it. Which isn't necessarily a good thing, but is really all that bad?
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!