Months before I heard the song, Lions, Tigers, and Bears by Jazmine Sullivan (PHILLY stand up!), I’d heard people talking about how great a song it was, when was she coming out with the single and the video, yadda yadda yadda. And after hearing it, aside from the power in her voice, just from the message she conveys, I must agree that I thoroughly enjoy this song.
Some of the outstanding lyrics:
I’m not scared of lions and tigers and bears
But I’m scared of loving you
I’m not scared to perform at a sold out affair
But I’m scared of loving you
Am I the only one that thinks it’s an impossible task?
Why it don’t last? Is that too much to ask?
Why do we love love
When love seems to hate us?
Just cause I love you, and you love me
It doesn’t mean, that we’re meant to be
I can climb mountains, swim cross the seas
But the most frightening thing is you and me
I’m sorry but that is the muthaeffin shiznite! The troof! (and yea I cried the first time I head the song…I’m a sucker for a strong voice – DONT JUDGE!)
But for reals…why don’t that sh!t last?!? You’re the best of friends and you didn’t wanna do it, didn’t wanna lose the friendship but the feelings just too strong (see: Ursher, “U Make Me Wanna”) and ya’ll end up in a different kind of relationship – doing the horizontal polka, snuggling, talking all day and night, expressing your *gulp* feelings (bleh), and so on. And maybe it worked out…maybe it didn’t. Maybe you’re still friends….maybe you’re not. Maybe you’re still friends but you get jealous every time they have a new girlfriend but when it doesn’t work out (which you secretly pray) ya’ll get the talking again and realizing that you are perfect for each other and just need to get over the petty stuff ya’ll went through. (OK maybe that last one is just me)
Been there, done that, sang the song, got the record deal and went platinum. But, it’s happening again! And this is where I get the theory that Cuzzo likes dating the JERK (aka the assho!e) because I KNOW that he will fyck up. I don’t want the good friend (or me…it’s usually me) to mess up. Don’t wanna lose my friend (or a friend in the making)…that good guy…especially when he’s already expressed that he wants a relationship. Even when those lines aren’t crossed but the feeling’s expressed the friendship changes because I can’t really tell him EVERYTHANG anymore. Can’t tell him I’m knocking off dude down the street and ask for advice cause he’s now acting up or that dude in the Army sent me some jewelry for Valentine’s Day and that we talk on a regular basis but he really gets on my nerves, or that I went temporarily insane from Cabin fever and called up an old flame
that gave THE BEST head ever for a fix.
Have you had (or do you currently have) that friend, that bond with someone of the opposite sex, where you loved each other but didn’t (or don’t) want to ruin the friendship by taking it “there”? Have you taken it there and regret it or not – either wishing you had done things differently so you can still be together or wishing it did not happen at all? Has a friend expressed stronger feelings for you when you thought otherwise – how did it feel? weird? flattering? relieving because you felt the same?