Not Today - Alessia Cara

The Experience: I guess I hope I'm gonna be okay 'cause I'm not today... Hurt and hope at war...

Music video: The Pains of Growing's ever present and still over-sized suit accompanies Alessia Cara once again as she sings a very adult lesson: today is far from perfect... but tomorrow doesn't have to be. That suit won't let her return to childhood. Even when she tries her hand at antics - sliding down the stairs or bouncing on the bed - it's still there. Constraining. And forcing her to keep on keeping on trying to solve the puzzle of life and look for a future - seen through her binoculars - beyond the awkwardness and the pain.

The Meaning of Not Today: Hurt and hope. Two inescapable and very real realities. That's the mix that runs through Not Today. The hope - someday. The hurt - surely not today. Alessia Cara doesn't lose hope for a better tomorrow, but that doesn't mean she's blind to today's very real sorrows.

Ask yourself: How do you balance the hurt and hope in your life?

Album: The Pains of Growing (2018)


Someday I won't be afraid of my head
Someday I will not be chained to my bed
Someday I'll forget the day he left
But surely not today
One day I won't need a PhD
To sit me down and tell me what it all means
Maybe one day it'll be a breeze
But surely not today
But surely not today

Oh you don't know what sadness means
'Till you're too sad to fall asleep
One day I'll be snoozing peacefully
But surely not today
Surely not today

One day I'll swear the pain will be a blip
I'll have the hardest time recalling it
I'll be the king of misery management
But surely not today
One day that song won't make me cry anymore (oh no no)
One day I'll get up off the bathroom floor (hey yeah)
Oh, piece by piece I'll be restored
But surely not today (surely not)
Eh, not today

Oh you don't know what happy means
If it's only in your dreams
I'll be acquainted with my jollities
But surely not today
Yeah, surely not today

Surely not, surely, surely not
Surely not (surely not today)

One day the thought of him won't hurt the same
Won't need distractions to get through the day
I guess I hope I'm gonna be okay
'Cause I'm not today

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin


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