Trust My Lonely - Alessia Cara




The Experience: I can do better, do better alone... Done with relationships after he left you stained...

Music video: Growing Pains ends as Alessia drowns in a suit she can't escape from. That same over-sized adult suit accompanies her in Trust My Lonely. It's still a rejection of controlled conformity. But now it stands for the controlling relationship she has abandoned. It's too big for her, and she rejects any demand to grow into it. She's free. And colorful. And alone. But that loneliness, and the colorful backdrop that vanishes beneath the waves, raises a question. Can you truly be happy alone?

The Meaning of Trust My Lonely: Alessia Cara relishes new-won freedom from a controlling relationship. But the fact that she's so happy at finally being alone only serves to underscore just how bad that relationship was - stained and numb and controlled and bad and no good and pain and blame.

Ask yourself: We need relationships? How do we build a world where we can count on them?

Album: The Pains of Growing (2018)

LYRICS:


It's time I let you go
I made the mistake, go writing your name on my heart
'Cause you colors showed
But it was too late, you left me stained, called it art
Do you crave control?
I've been your doll, that you poke for fun too long
So you should go
Don't look back, I won't come back
Can't do that no more

Go get your praise from someone else
You did a number on my health
My world is brighter by itself
And I can do better, do better
You and I were swayin' on the ropes
I found my footing on my own
I'm a-okay, I'm good as gold
And I can do better, do better alone
Alone, alone

There ain't no love 'round here
I loved you once, but it made me dumb
Now I'm seeing it way too clear
You hurt me numb, and for that I've run out of time
To have pain to feel (Pain to feel)
I've been your game
Just taking the blame for too long
Get on out of here
Don't look back, I won't come back
Can't do that no more

Go get your praise from someone else
You did a number on my health
My world is brighter by itself
And I can do better, do better
You and I were swayin' on the ropes
I found my footing on my own
I'm a-okay, I'm good as gold
And I can do better, do better alone

Don't you know that you're bad for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know that you're bad for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know you're no good for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know you're no good for me?
I gotta trust my lonely

Go get your praise from someone else
You did a number on my health
My world is brighter by itself
And I can do better, do better
You and I were swayin' on the ropes
I found my footing on my own
I'm a-okay, I'm good as gold
And I can do better, do better alone

Don't you know that you're bad for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know that you're bad for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know you're no good for me?
I gotta trust my lonely
Don't you know you're no good for me?
I gotta trust my lonelys


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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