Song: Please Don’t Go Girl
Album: Hangin’ Tough
Alright, I will directly state that this song does not have the most poetic & meaningful lyrics this world has heard. However, there is a major reason why Blockheads (& yes Joe Mac girls everywhere, myself included) love this song.
When this song came out in 1988, it was meant to show that even at 16 Joey McIntyre could belt out better than some of his elders. Similar to how Jordan Knight gets the spotlight in “I’ll Be Loving You Forever,” “Please Don’t Go Girl” is Joey’s chance to shine.
Whenever I went to the NKOTBSB show this summer, I was completely blown away with NKOTB’s performance of this track. First off all, unlike a lot of today’s artist, Joe (as they say in the record biz) backs what he waxes. Whatever he delivers in the studio, he can deliver it 110% on the stage.
Sitting in that area, right on the lower level and seeing him his pour his heart out was astounding. You believed him. Forget the power slide down the catwalk. He looked right out at you as if YOU were the one that broke his heart, as if he was pleading YOU for a second chance. Sound a little out there? Yes… but honestly, ask any blockhead who saw NKOTBSB this summer, & they will tell you it was a pivotal point of the show. He had this honesty & raw energy about him that no one can fake.
I would like to close this post by saying, from the very beginning I never doubted myself as a Joe girl. Since I was not even born when they were in their hey day, I had to get to know him from his Dancing With the Stars appearance. Every week, I voted for him, because I believed in him. He had talent, and he worked for it. That kind of work ethic was instilled in from his early roots in Boston.
Who cares that I was not there in the beginning? As they say in the music enthusiast realm, “It does not matter where you start, it matters where you finish.” This certainly is not the end. If Joe continues to pour 110% of his heart & emotions into that song like he has been for more 20 years… he will be performing for many years to come.
Let this song be a lesson to sing with your heart, not with your head. Put love into your work, and the love will reward you in ten fold.