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Single Review: Shakira “Don’t Bother”

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Shakira’s crush chose another woman over her in the emphatic “Don’t Bother.”

The guitar murmurs in the background, setting a scornful tone. Shakira comments that the other woman is charismatic and can prepare the most obscure, elegant dish. She’s also thin without an ounce of cellulite or the aid of plastic surgery. She’s been educated from kindergarten through college at the finest instuitions. She’s fluent in French and has a group of friends that are all equally fashionable and well-bred. She’s sought-after and popular everywhere she goes.

“She’s got the kind of look that defies gravity/She’s the greatest cook/And she’s fat free/She’s been to private school/And she speaks perfect French/She’s got the perfect friends/Oh isn’t she cool.”

Also in the first verse, Shakira says she is mediative. She wouldn’t openly criticize Shakira in front of her. She’s from an important upper-class family while he’s just a regular, white-collar guy. Shakira can’t compete with any of her attributes.

“She pratices Tai Chi/She’d never lose her nerve/She’s more than you deserve/She’s just far better than me.”

In the chorus, Shakira tells him not to even pretend to care about her feelings. It’s not the first time a guy has said he’s liked her and then dumped her for someone else. She says he’s not worth shedding tears for. She doesn’t want him to patronize her by saying “well, if things were different.” She’ll get over him. She notes that eventually he will see the flaws in her and regret his decision.

“Hey hey/So don’t bother/I won’t die of deception/I promise you won’t ever see me cry/Don’t feel sorry/And don’t bother/
I’ll be fine/But she’s waiting/The ring you gave to her will lose its shine/So don’t bother, be unkind.”

Shakira brings up their past liasion in the second verse. He said he loved the softness of her caresses. It’s something she knows the other woman won’t be able to do. She says the woman is tall. The woman may think she may be easy to squash. However, Shakira notes that she’s crafty and will persevere.

“I’m sure she doesn’t know/How to touch you like I would/I beat her at that one good/Don’t you think so?/She’s almost six feet tall/She must think I’m a flea/I’m really a cat you see/And it’s not my last life at all.”

After the chorus is a spoken bridge. Shakira says for him she would leave behind the family she loves and live in a war torn country. However, he would have to join her. She would pay careful attention not to hurt him. She diet away her curves and take the time to watch his favorite sport. She would do it only if were to break up with the other woman. But he has no intention of doing so. “For you, I’d give up all I own/And move to a communist country/If you came with me, of course/And I’d file my nails so they don’t hurt you/And lose those pounds, and learn about football/If it made you stay, but you won’t, but you won’t.”

An abbreviated chorus is sung twice at the end. Shakira insists she will move on. She’s glad that she dodged the bullet.

“So don’t bother/I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine/Promise you won’t ever see me cry/And after all I’m glad that I’m not your type/Promise you won’t ever see me cry/So don’t bother/I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine/Promise you won’t ever see me cry/And after all I’m glad that I’m not your type/Promise you won’t ever see me cry.”

In “Don’t Bother,” Shakira shows signficant vocal improvement. She sings with far more self-confidence in English now then her previous singles. She is brassy yet sensitive. She admits that if he left his current girlfriend, she would go out with him in an instant. However, the single’s main flaw is that it follows the same formula as “Objection (Tango)” to the letter. Except the new song is only mentions the other woman’s qualities.

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  • reggie

    Whoa Pam!!!
    That’s a whole lot of review for one song you got there! You’ve turned the song inside out…then inside out again!!

    I have to admit i didn’t quite look at the song that way. I just say that its ‘nice’ or ‘ok’ and that Shakira is ‘hot’ and ‘talented’ and doing something else to make her life more meaningful (some UN thing i think…)

    But i guess your review is also ok (lol i just did it)

    Great review, Good read

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    That’s a great review there, Pam. I love this song for the lyrics and you caught all the nuances nicely.

    Do you identify with Shakira or the other woman?

  • http://dusk411.joeuser.com Pam Avoledo

    Thanks reggie and Christopher Rose! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my review.

    Hmmm…who do I identify with? I would have to say Shakira. I think every woman usually wonders after being led on and then dumped is: “what does she have that I don’t?”

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    Hi Pam, I thought you might have been the scary super woman type Shakira sang about!

  • http://nose amayrani reyna urquiza

    esta muy cool tu tu video y tambien el de i dont liked

  • Jesse

    Pam, that’s a wonderfull review and I’m defenetly glad you wrote it. I most of all appreciate the fact that you not only wrote about her lyrics but about Shakira’s voice and the music as well. Great job =).

  • Laura

    Very nice review. However, I wish you put more emphasis on a certain part of the song. I absolutely love the line “the ring you gave to her will lose its shine.” As you said, the love interest will eventually regret his decision. I believe that this is the key line, and I can’t get over how great the analogy is. If he could simply leave Shakira devastated for another women, he will probably have no trouble repeated the action. Just as that coveted ring, so shiny and new today, will be in the blink of an eye old and rusty, his ‘love’ for this new woman will quickly fade.

    Even though the song is addressed to Shakira’s ex, I feel that Shakira (or the singer) would also like to direct this to the other woman. She is almost saying, “take him; it won’t last.” This is either because Shakira knows he is incapable of true love, or that she has a greater connection to this man than the other woman could ever hope to attain.