Is Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y" Controversial?

Is Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y" Controversial?

Is it the case of a line being crossed or of words being taken out of context?
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Florida Georgia Line has always caused controversy in the eyes and ears of country music fans because they aren't "traditional" country musicians. They have their own original sound that does not entirely represent the genre of music that they are categorized under. As if this band was not already controversial enough, in April of this year, they released a new song simply entitled, "H.O.L.Y" that opened the flood gates of controversy and back-lash from both fans and non-fans alike. But, the question still remains, is "H.O.L.Y" a song that went too far or is it a song that simply was taken out of context?

Florida Georgia Line's lead singer, Tyler Hubbard, begins singing this love song by stating that: "I sat in darkness all broken hearted. I couldn't find a day I didn't feel alone...but somehow, baby, you broke through and saved me..."

In my personal opinion, I don't see where this line is controversial what-so-ever. Each and every person will go through a rough time at some point in their life, probably more than once actually, and feel as though things will never get better. But, everything always does get better because whether the depressed person meets the one who makes them happy or it is a friend and/or family member, there is someone out there who lets one lean on them for support, helps them through the rough time, and ultimately, makes the situation better.

As the song progresses to the chorus, the real controversy arises. Florida Georgia Line describes that the person that they love is "holy" and that they are "high on loving them." The idea that someone can be called "holy" is what has outraged many people and caused them to feel as though the band crosses the line. Many feel that only God can be considered to be a holy being and I agree with that whole-heartedly. God created each person in his image and is the ultimate in all respects. I can see how this line can be viewed negatively especially when the song goes on to describe this person as their "saving-grace." God is the saving grace for all people because he is the one and only being that has the power to forgive us of our sins and let us live eternally in pure bliss within Heaven with Him.

However, I do think that the writers of this song, as well as Florida Georgia Line did not mean to cross any line or say that a women is greater than God simply because of two facts. One, the title for the song is "H.O.L.Y" meaning that it is an acronym; therefore, holy doesn't truly mean holy, it stands for a sentence. Two, the next line of the song spells out exactly what "H.O.L.Y" stands for which is "high on loving you." The song, in my opinion, only uses holy as an abbreviation to describe high on loving you as a form of artistic expression, nothing more and nothing less than that.

As a life-long country music fan and Florida Georgia Line supporter, I am unashamed fan of this song. Actually, every time this song comes on the radio, I crank the volume up and sing along. I don't believe that it is controversial what-so-ever, I think that the ideas expressed in this song were taken out of context and misconstrued. With that being said, I think it is incredible that once again, country music has shown us all that even through the darkest of times, we should all have hope that someone or something better is out there waiting for us to find it in order to make everything better and to give us a little piece of Heaven on Earth. So, rather than critique a song and take the words out of context, I think it's time that all listeners simply listen to the song's melody and be supportive of the pure and whole-hearted love that both Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have found. But, most importantly, strive to find the love that is described in this song because we all want the kind of love that leaves us feeling as though we are "high on loving them."


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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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