Because Rob Thomas wrote it in a different key. Canon in F#? Hear it now?
Well, because it was in a different key, I didn't post it last week, but I felt it was worthwhile to mention that.
The song itself is not at all about abusing women, as a lot of people assume - if anything, the narrator of the song - be it Rob Thomas or whatever character he wrote - is the one on the receiving end of abuse. The more likely interpretation, however, is that it's just about an adult relationship, with give and take, where there are good and bad times.
To his credit, Rob Thomas, who not only wrote but sings the song, throws his heart and soul into the song. Here he is with Matchbox Twenty (not 20. They changed their name to spell out the number) in 2012, performing the song live.