The track begins with a plucky melody placed over a bright and cheerful acoustic guitar line that has been artfully mixed with melodic strings. As the chorus crescendos into the second verse a driving percussion line, courtesy of drummer Gabe Barham, affords the piece a sense of structure. Yet, even with the ingenious instrumental components of the song, including a wicked drum phrase and a solid guitar line following the bridge, it is the song’s lyrics that make it particularly outstanding.
The inclusion of lyrics such as, “Hold on/ Don’t look back/ You know we’re better we’re better than that,” and “My whole life they said I’d be nothing/ Well I’m something/ And I would rather be the stray/ Than be nothing to no one at all,” reinforce the song’s positive message of defiance against those who have doubted your worth. Singer Kellin Quinn then goes on to assure that “We are the strays,” providing a sense of community to these supposed outcasts of conformity. More than anything, it is this message, one of acceptance and community amongst those whose aspirations are discredited by conventional society, that makes this particular song one of the best in the band’s vast and widely successful repertoire.
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Also, Sleeping with Sirens will be co-headlining the Back to the Future Hearts Tour with All Time Low this fall. Tickets can be purchased here.