After listening to “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce on the radio today, I was wondering if Leroy is so bad then why he is the one that looks like a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone instead of the other guy.
So in the vein of the many threads here that begin “Songs that . . .”, what other songs lyrically do not match their title?
But the whole point of “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” (and Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” which is virtually the same song) is that even if you’re really bad, there’s someone badder. It doesn’t mean Leroy and Jim weren’t bad to begin with.
Although I accept the standard message that Leroy Brown learned a lesson ‘bout messin’ with the wife of a jealous man via a solid beatdown, if I wanted to argue the other side, I’d point out that:
(A) The bar patrons pull both men from the floor, so the husband obviously didn’t walk out of there unscathed. Let’s not forget that Leroy was armed with a .32 pistol and a straight edge razor.
(B) Unlike “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” where Jim’s fighting superior Slim is lauded in the final chorus (“You don’t mess around with Slim”), the end of “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” continues to state that Mr. Brown is indeed the baddest man in the whole damn town.
Lyle Lovett’s “I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You.” While that is the title and the refrain, it’s clear that he didn’t marry her just because she looks like you – it’s because in all other ways, his wife is completely different from his ex-girlfriend.