Try to tell yourself... "It's only a song... only a song..."Interesting
And the first rule of poetry and songwriting, as Karla Rogers reminds us:
"Try not to mistake the speaker of the poem with the writer of the poem..."
As Hortaio put it so well, and as ignored by most listeners to songs and readers of poetry:
from the AAPC FAQ:
If someone writes a poem about incest or abuse, should I be worried about them?
A poem is not always about the writer. It may be expressing personal opinion or observation. Do not jump to the conclusion that the writer is experiencing / has experienced the situation that is described in the poem.
Please do try to learn the difference between the narrator and the author.
Truck Stop Woman / Will Dockery & The Conley Brothers: