Welcome to day 2 of the A Song A Day Challenge, also known around here as #RomanticTuesday. Thanks once again to the super sweet southern belle Lennon Carlyle for the nomination. She’s all that I described and then some. Be sure to visit her blog, Fabulous With Glitches—you’ll surely enjoy it.
I’ll once again post the rules:
- Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
- Post the name of the song and video.
- Post what the lyrics mean to you (optional).
- Nominate two different bloggers each day of the challenge.
I’ll do the first two. Since the third is optional, I’ll pass. Gonna pass on the last one also; most of the people I would nominate already have been nominated or are doing it now.
This song had a lot of guys mad at one Kenneth Edmonds, better known as Babyface. A song where he tells how much he will spoil his woman sets a pretty high bar. Okay, okay—spoil is probably a bad word choice. How much he will do to provide and care and love and take care of his woman…all as soon as he gets home from his job. Let’s see…he’ll give good love, buy his woman’s clothes and cook her dinner too…as soon as he gets home from work. He’s paying rent, promises to be faithful too. He’ll treat her right, will never lie or flirt. He’ll always be around and never let her down, because he will give the same good love that he started talking about at the beginning.
Today’s #RomanticTuesday song, and the second song in the Song A Day Challenge is “Soon As I Get Home” by Babyface.
Now to be fair, when this song was popular years ago, I can remember a lot of women loving this song, about as much as the guys hated it. Perhaps those guys were taking the lyrics a bit too literally. I don’t know too many women who expect their guy to do everything Babyface lists in this song. I know a lot of women who are upset (rightfully so) when guys won’t do any of those things, or at least help out a bit. Basically, good relationships are partnerships. There’s a whole lot of give and take in the best relationships, I feel. It shouldn’t all be so one-sided that one person ends up resenting the other for not giving or doing their share.
For all the song’s popularity, it was never released as a single. It was played a ton on the radio, both during the day and on the Quiet Storm or slow jam programs. It wasn’t as if he didn’t have hits at that point; he was well on his way to becoming a mega-artist and one of the best producers of the early 90s. The album this song is taken from Tender Lover, which had four top 3 R&B singles, including two #1s.
Those women who are familiar with the song, or even if you aren’t, feel free to speak on Babyface’s claims. Guys, wherever you may be, if you have an opinion, feel free to speak as well. Whichever side of the fence you are on regarding the song, or the promises in it, thank you for reading and listening.