"Southern Weather" as written by and Gillespie....
My thoughts are just something I will not
Be content to sing along
If I'm the one that's making you so all uptight
Then why don't you just go ahead and
Why don't you just go ahead and

Blame it on this southern weather
Blame it on anything
It's not like you to ask small favors
You can blame me for everything

If I'm the cause of all your sickness and pain
Then I'll bury my face in the olive dirty sheet
This is just what's getting used to, all of such
Why don't you just go ahead and
Why don't you just go ahead and

Blame it on this southern weather
Blame it on anything
It's not like you to ask small favors
You can blame me for everything

This is my last plan to bury all of your charms
This is my final rush to reach for you

Blame it on this southern weather
Blame it on anything
It's not like you to ask small favors
You can blame me for everything

Blame it on this southern weather
Blame it on anything
It's not like you to ask small favors
You can blame me for everything

You can blame me, blame me
You can blame me, blame me


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"Southern Weather" as written by Aaron Gillespie

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI know this is really long, but I thought equally long and hard about it and would appreciate it to no end if you would hear me out. I really think the message in this song is tremendously important!

    I think one thing to take into consideration when looking at any lyrics written by Aaron is that he looks at things through the lens of his Christian faith. It's a hard pill to swallow for some people because it means his lyrics will have more depth and conviction than simple "girl songs". I'm by no means sure of what Aaron is going for with this song, but I feel inclined to offer up a different interpretation that I devised by viewing them in the context of the radical Gospel message of Christianity.

    I think "Southern Weather" deals with the concept of sin and how human beings try to justify their sinful actions and the bad things that happen to them by blaming God. Aaron's argument in this song is that God cannot be the cause of our problems and that blaming Him is futile. The speaker in the song is actually God rather than man. From here on out I think it's better to take the lyrics line by line in order to get at the whole meaning...

    "If my faults are your song then I will not be content to sing along" -
    Here we see God asserting His perfect goodness. "Your song" refers to our sinful actions while "my faults" are the imperfections and blame we place on God. God is stating that if we blame our sin on Him then He will not "sing along" because it is against God's nature to possess any imperfections or do any evil.

    "If I'm the one that's making you so out of touch, then why don't you just go ahead and blame it on this southern weather, blame it on anything." -
    Here God again refuses to take the blame for our sinful condition. He says that if we experience evil or suffering we should blame it on our own sinful existence (this stemmed from Adam in Genesis 3... the doctrine is called Original Sin and states that man is by nature in a state of rebellion against God). "Southern weather" doesn't refer to the south or weather at all, but is a metaphor for the human condition. God is saying that we can blame our suffering and the evil we experience only on the fact that we are sinners. "Blame it on anything" implies that our sinful nature affects all aspects of our being (not only how we relate to God but also how we relate to one another and even to the earth).

    "It's not like you to ask small favors" -
    This line is tricky, but as far as I can tell is almost sarcastic in nature. God is pointing out through an ironic statement just how much we really do depend on Him and ask Him for "favors" every day.

    "But you can blame me for everything" -
    This line is meant to reflect the crucifixion of Christ. God is stating how he willingly came to earth as a mortal and offered Himself up as the sacrifice for all our sins. Essentially, God is saying, "Even though the world is messed up and the evil that exists it the result of mankind turning away from me, I will REDEEM the world from this sinful state by taking on the blame that I DON'T DESERVE."

    "If I'm the cause of all your sickness and pain, then I'll bury my face in the hall of dirty shame." -
    This line, when taken in the context of the chorus following it, depicts the burial of Christ. Christ willingly took undeserved blame for all the world's sin and as the result was killed on the Cross and buried. Many denominations of Christianity believe that, in His death, Christ actually descended into Hell, "the hall of dirty shame".

    "This is my last plan to bury all of your charms. This is my final rush to reach for you" -
    This part of the song completes the Gospel narrative laid out in the rest of the song. Christ, according to the scriptures, was not left for dead but was instead raised from the dead. In this act death was defeated and God's victory over sin (the "last plan") was won. In this act of resurrection, God "buries all our charms"; He makes it to where we don't need to measure up to any standard or follow a strict set of rules in order to obtain favor with Him. He extends grace freely to us in a "final rush to reach for us" and draw us back into the relationship with Him for which we were made.

    This is a beautiful message that may or may not be the goal of this song to convey. I don't mean to force a belief on anybody in offering up this interpretation. However, I would like to say two more things... First, the outline of the Gospel described in my interpretation of this song is far from complete and needs lots of clarification. Personally I feel like there are many people who could do this clarifying better than I. For this reason, I would like to suggest anybody with questions about anything I mentioned read a book written by Timothy Keller called "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism". I know I'm preaching when I say this, but eternal life in relationship with a loving Creator is a gift too precious to pass up without first considering all your options. Second, if you have any questions for me about why I think the way I do about this song or my faith, don't hesitate to reply to this post. I love listening to people's concerns and stories and just generally sharing life with others!

    God bless you all,
    Barabbas (p.s.- my name refers to the Biblical "everyman". Check out John 18:37-40 in the New Testament to find out more)
    Barabbas_318on February 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it "I'll bury my face in the olive dirty sheet", "I'll bury my face in all my dirty shame", or "I'll bury my face in the hall of dirty shame?" Im dying here! someone tell me!
    jlmpersonon September 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat Explanation! I didnt think of it that way. I think you right on...
    jlmpersonon September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure how to change the lyrics, but this is what I think they are:

    My thoughts are just something I will not
    Be content to sing alone
    If I'm the one that's making you so, out of touch
    Then why don't you just go ahead and...
    Why don't you just go ahead and...

    Blame it on this southern weather
    Blame it on anything
    It's not like you to ask small favours
    You can blame me for everything

    If I'm the cause of all your sickness and pain
    Then I'll bury my face in the olive dirty sheet
    This is just what's getting you so, out of touch
    Why don't you just go ahead and...
    Why don't you just go ahead and... (go ahead and)

    Blame it on this southern weather
    Blame it on anything
    It's not like you to ask small favours
    You can blame me for everything

    This is my last plan to
    Bury all of your charms
    This is my final rush
    To reach for you

    Blame it on this southern weather
    Blame it on anything
    It's not like you to ask small favours
    You can blame me for everything (you can blame me for everything)

    Blame it on this southern weather
    Blame it on anything
    It's not like you to ask small favours
    You can blame me for everything
    You can blame me, blame me
    You can blame me, blame me
    blondy269on April 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe’s saying that he won’t say his thoughts aloud and alone. And maybe these thoughts are making someone else ‘hurt’ and he’s saying that person can’t just always blame him for everything. Why not blame it on the southern weather? If they can blame it on anything, why are they blaming him? it’s his final reach to that person to figure out what is bothering them so much. I think.
    famous.fckn.lizon April 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that he's trying to say to someone, "If youre going to blame everything on me, something that doesnt even matter to you, then just blame it on the Southern Weather."

    "this is just whats getting you so out of touch" - over and over again she/he is blaming him, and by the end, he just gives up. "You can blame me for anything..."
    jourdyon May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere we go
    __angieslaughteron May 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's talking about being an reltionship, and getting blamed for everything, and he's says like ' why not blame it on this southern weather '

    His parents got divored when he was 18 years old, and I thins song goes along with that also.
    rachelsteeleon July 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe said on imf that this was about how things are in the south. and that there are so many "little secrets" (like his parents not sleeping in the same bed for many years and him not knowing it) that never get told because thats just kinda how it is here

    i think i got that right but i dont remember everthing he said so sorry if its wrong.
    emorockloveron December 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim loving this song.
    princessKATIEon December 20, 2007   Link

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