Song: “This Is Why”
Artist: Johanna Warren
Album: nūmūn (2015)
Lyrics taken from genius.com
Hey, would you wanna go with me to a party?
It might be dumb, and I don’t know anyone.
Sure, I know there will be nothing there for me, but let’s go anyway
I’ll drive you home when we’re done.
We could sleep, but haven’t you heard we’re all dying?
Living fast is much more fun!
And I think deep down we know there’s no point in trying,
But all we know how to do is run, run, run, run, run…
And this is why I cannot be alone anymore
I miss the time when I knew what my time was for.
Oh my God, is it me, or is it getting harder to believe you were ever really anyone?
I’m not sure, but I think I used to be much smarter back when I used to walk instead of run.
And I could say what you wanna hear if it would stop your crying
That way might be much more fun.
And I would tell you the truth, but it would be lying,
‘cause even I don’t know what I’ve done
And this is why I cannot be around anyone.
I miss the time when I knew how to be alone.
“This Is Why”, by Johanna Warren, describes someone’s introversion in a most visceral fashion. The person in the song laments their loneliness and penchant for staying in rather than going out and trying to live their life to the fullest. Warren’s layered vocal harmonies sing mesmerizing melodies atop acoustic guitar and a minimalist flute accompaniment. I relate to the sentiment of this song, love its soothing sound, and think many people can relate to its lyrics.
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