Upon first listen, the song surprises listeners with a poignant piano melody accompanying lead singer Sam Miller’s haunting vocals in a fashion unabashedly reminiscent of Something Corporate’s 2003 ballad 'Konstantine'. Miller laments all the trials and tribulations of a young adult growing up and trying to find their place in the world, while blindly assuming that everyone else somehow has it more together than they do. Filled with poignant lines like, “...and maybe then, once we’re 10 drinks deep, we’ll finally say some things we mean, like, ‘Oh god, i’m so lonely,’” and a seemingly infinite refrain of the phrase “I don’t wanna be lonely.” The song concludes rather hauntingly with the lines, “I guess some people grow up fast, I guess some people never change, I wonder if in 10 years, will I still be here the same?,” which Miller delivers with all of the depth and emotional weight that fans have come to expect after such emotionally-driven releases as ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Used’ (both of which are more than fantastic in their own right).
Somehow, Paradise Fears have managed to expertly convey the difficult feelings of uncertainty and loneliness that are experienced during the awkward years when one is “supposed to” figure out how to transition from teenager to “real adult.” Overall, the song is simply fantastic in a genuinely raw and deeply emotional way that reminds us all that no matter how lonely we are, at least we aren’t alone.
The song can be purchased here.
If you liked ‘Reunion’ may I suggest: 'Sanctuary' and 'Home'