Song of the Day: Sober Up

Today’s song is Sober Up by Annika Bennett.

Anyone listening to this thinking that I’m using this as a ‘cry for help’ obviously don’t know me.

Again, all of the songs I highlight are for the musical merit alone, not some complex code.
I just really love the emotional lament of this one and I wanted to showcase it.

Few songs ever just grab me with the lyrics so quickly.
It speaks volumes about the fears, anxieties and general complexities of ‘growing older’.
The ‘blissful ignorance of youth’ doesn’t exist if you’re self-conscious.

I’m already sick of stressing. Self reflecting and trying to evolve.

The lyrics to this track break my heart. I empathize will everything she states.

Many would look at this song and think “oh, it’s just about someone who drinks/does drugs too much”, but that is far too surface layer.

When you break down the lyrics, there is a more metaphorical meaning in place.

She’s upset that she’s too self-aware to enjoy the ‘simplicity’ of youth and be happy.
You can really see it in the statements:

  • “Man, I wish I was hot headed, more connected to the idiot in me” ,
  • “I was happy out of touch”,
  • “And as I reckon with direction, My dreams and my resolve, I don’t know what I want”
  • “Man I’m only twenty-one. Who the hell have I become?”

I’m not saying that’s all there is to it (she literally states ‘beer for breakfast’) but I choose to associate it with the fears of growing older.


Click here for the full YouTube playlist (of all of the song’s I’ve talked about).
I’ve talked about hundreds of them, so you’re bound to find something entertaining.

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