Why on earth did CMT insist on playing this music video every morning before I went to school?
The one time that breaking down into tears would have been extremely inconvenient.
But, seriously, I was traumatized by the “Just a Dream” music video the first time I watched it as a kid.
I loved Carrie Underwood and all of her music videos growing up, especially “All-American Girl” because she reminded me of Barbie with all of the outfits and careers.
I also adored “Wasted,” so I wasn’t like totally ignorant or adverse to sad songs. I was a dramatic kid who enjoyed drama. It’s really sad how often I would act out “Stay” by Sugarland.
“Just a Dream” though . . . that music video and plot twist absolutely scarred me.
The video starts with Carrie Underwood in a car with her boyfriend, and they’re talking about this ambiguous thing that’s happening tomorrow.
When the video cuts to Carrie in a wedding dress, walking down the aisle, we all assume that their conversation was about them getting married tomorrow.
Then, the first chorus ends, and the look are on her face isn’t joyful. The words “just a dream” feel way more ominous than they did a moment ago when we could all hope she means that marrying this man doesn’t feel real.
The entire ceremony feels off at that point, and as more and more flashbacks are revealed, we realize that her boyfriend is a soldier and that ambiguous thing was not a wedding, it was his deployment.
I’m sure you can all see where this is going because we all know lots of sad soldier songs.
Well, then the part that absolutely destroyed me as a kid happens. Carrie Underwood’s white dress and veil slowly turn black, everyone’s heads bow, and the man at the end of the aisle becomes a coffin.
Turns out, the man in the car died during his deployment, and we are now at a funeral.
Instead of the dream being a wedding, it’s more of a nightmare because Carried Underwood is grieving and can’t believe that he’s really gone.
At this point, Carrie Underwood is crying, I’m crying, and my mom is staring at me with her school bag in one hand and my backpack in the other as she tries to shoo me out the door.
But, like… I’m fine. This music video only traumatized me . . . a little bit. No therapy needed.
‘Sunday Night Football’ Returns With Carrie Underwood Kicking Things Off
Carrie Underwood always brings it for Sunday Night Football.
And this year is no exception.
Last night, she helped kick off (pun very much intended) NBC’s 2022 NFL season of SNF, as she returned to TV screens across America for the 10th year in a row to sing the opening song “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”
The video starts off with Carrie walking out to sing to the crowd, in between shots of (now injured) Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, and many other players from both teams on the field in action last year.
Per the usual with the SNF opener, which they revamped some last year, the video itself will look a bit different each weekend depending on the game’s location and what the matchup is. In addition, the lyrics will change slightly depending on the teams featured that week, as well.
Last night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put a pretty good beating on the Dallas Cowboys, who were playing at home AT&T stadium, coming away with a 19-3 victory to start their season in the W column.
And look away Cowboys fans reading this, because that’s now Tom’s 7th straight victory against the Cowboys, as he’s still undefeated against them in his career (including games when he played for the New England Patriots).
And of course, Faith Hill was the SNF girl for many years, but I’ve loved seeing Carrie step up and carry on the torch over the last decade. If anyone is on Faith’s level in terms of vocal ability, it’s Carrie Underwood.
Here’s Carrie absolutely crushing it and welcoming football back into our lives again… a beautiful sight to see: