The track begins with Bruce singing the song’s chorus with intermittent guitar strumming until things pick up in earnest as the first verse begins. The inclusion of lyrics like “It’s hard just to be strong/ Not knowing if I’ve done you proud,” “I’m okay, don’t worry/ I wish I’d been a better kid/ I’m trying to slow down,” and “You know it’s just rock and roll/ I know you’re by my side through it all,” makes it evident that Bruce is singing of a dysfunctional, but ultimately loving and supportive, relationship with his parents. Additionally, the song’s chorus features the lines, “Even though I’m on my own/ I know I’m not alone/ Cause I know there’s someone, somewhere/ Praying that I make it home,” which lend an overall feeling of positivity to what might otherwise seem quite a dismal track.
Although this particular track might be a departure from Asking Alexandria’s usual style, it stands to show not only the range of the band in terms of sound and lyrical content, but also Ben Bruce’s magnificent prowess as a vocalist as he never fails to deliver the lyrics in anything less than a genuinely sensitive and heartful manner.
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