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If I Were A Country Song…

The album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, featuring If I Were A Boy

The album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, featuring "If I Were A Boy"

First of all, I admit it. I’ve used this as a discussion topic before on the 9513 forums! Unfortunately, it didn’t get that much of a response there, so I decided to re-try it here, hopefully more people will see it here.

So I was listening to the song “If I Were A Boy” by Beyoncé, and I thought, “With tweaking, completely different production, and stuff like that, this would make a good country song!” (it was one of those random thoughts I tend to have with no warning.) The song has been a recent hit, even though it’s overshadowed by her other current single “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” (which is one of my favorite songs, but I doubt you guys would ever like it) that is currently at #1 on Billboard’s singles charts.

If you haven’t heard the song, it’s really a role-reversal song between the narrator and eventually her ex-lover. The narrator tells about the things she would do if she were a boy, but near the end, she reveals that her now ex-boyfriend is the one who had been treating her wrongly, who had been doing the things wrong in the first place! It’s a wonderful twist to a beautiful song, and it flows well, and the concept carries to the great music video where Beyoncé literally poses as her guy. The song has drama, it’s catchy, but still has meaning and is surprisingly not shallow.

Listening to the lyrics, I think the idea sounds creative enough for a country ballad. The pain the narrator is feeling is so evident in Beyoncé’s performance, and the lyrics themselves, although the production is bombastic. I could see it being sung by someone with a big voice, I think Carrie Underwood could nail it. It would be pop-country, but I think the concept is good enough for a great country song.

So here’s my question:

What non-country songs do you think would make good country songs?

Also what do you think of the song I picked? “If I Were A Boy” may not have been the best example, but it’s the first one that came to me. Yes, I am a big Beyoncé fan, please don’t make fun of me! (The song I used on the 9513 forums was “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan, FYI)

Discuss!

Video of “If I Were A Boy”