Growing Pains - Alessia Cara




The Experience: No band-aids for the growing pains... You have to grow up... But is that good? Is there any way to keep the truths and joys and discoveries of youth...

Music video: After an ominous voiceover in which her parents abandon her, Alessia Cara wakes up alone in a petri dish and starts her towards adulthood, guided/controlled by an unfeeling crowd of suited and masked adults who fit her for a faceless suit of her own. The video ends as Alessia drowns in a suit she can't escape from. 

The Meaning of Growing Pains: Alessia Cara takes a predominantly pessimistic look at growing up. None of us has a choice: I can't hide. But it hurts and we worry: the growing pains are keeping me up at night. Growing Pains reminds us that growing up doesn't automatically make us better. If grown means a short leash and alone and can't see the sun Alessia Cara is right to rebel. Growing shouldn't mean you have to lose sight of the sun, even if there are monsters to face. We can't choose whether to grow up or not, but we can choose who to become.

Ask yourself: Why do we accept the loss of our innocence, dreams and joy?

Album: - (2018)

LYRICS:


[Music video:
"You're on your own kid."
"You are!"
(crying)]


Make my way through the motions
I try to ignore it
But home's looking farther
The closer I get
Don't know why
I can't see the end
Is it over yet?

A short leash
And a short fuse don't match
They tell me it ain't that bad
Now don't you overreact
So I just hold my breath
Don't know why
I can't see the sun
When young should be fun (fun)

And I guess the bad
Can get better
Gotta be wrong
Before it's right
Every happy phrase
Engraved in my mind
And I've always been a go-getter
There's truth
In every word I write
But still the growing pains, growing pains
They're keeping me up at night

Eh eh, hey yeah, yeah, yeah...
And I can't hide, 'cause growing pains are keeping me up at night
Eh eh, hey yeah, yeah, yeah...
And I can't hide, 'cause growing pains are keeping me up at night

Try to mend what's left of my content incomprehension
As I take on the stress of the mess that I've made
Don't know if I've even care for "grown"
If it's just alone, yeah

And I guess the bad
Can get better
Gotta be wrong
Before it's right
Every happy phrase
Engraved in my mind
And I've always been a go-getter
There's truth
In every word I write
But still the growing pains, growing pains
They're keeping me up at night

Eh eh, hey yeah, yeah, yeah...
And I can't hide, 'cause growing pains are keeping me up at night
Eh eh, hey yeah, yeah, yeah...
And I can't hide, 'cause growing pains are keeping me up at night

Starting to look like Ms. Know-it-all
Can't take her own advice
Can't find pieces of peace of mind, I cry
More than I'd like to admit but I can't lie to myself, to anyone
'Cause phoning it in isn't any fun
Can't run back to my youth the way I want to
The days my brother was quicker to fool
AM radio, not much to do
Used monsters as an excuse
To lie awake
Now the monsters are the ones that I have to face
No band-aids for the growing pains

Eh eh, hey yeah, yeah, yeah...
No band-aids for the growing pains


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
Post a Comment

Artists

Songs

Genres

CONTACT US

At MUSICinsideU, we're committed to helping you get the most out of your favorite songs. As part of that mission, we have great respect for artists' achievements and property. If you believe that your work (or the work of a third party on whose behalf you are legally entitled to act) has been made use of in a way consituting copyright infringement, please contact us here:

editor@musicinsideu.com