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Dexter Willett

Staying Home by Dexter Willett

I thought that I was fine
Why do I think they lied?
Or that I wasn’t in their thoughts
I knew what would have happened
Maybe I’m wrong

I’m not going out
Guess I’ll never know
Did they just forget?
Do they care?

Am I lying to myself?
If it’s not that, what else?
Maybe I could look for help
Blocking the sounds in my head
Please let me go

I know hyperbole is bad
So please let me be this sad

I’m not going out
Guess I’ll never know
Did they just forget?
Do they care?

I’m not going out
Could they really care?
Did they just not know?
Maybe they care

“Staying Home” captures the confusion you feel when plans have been canceled and hopes dashed—and you’re left wondering what it was that you might have done wrong. Struggling with this kind of anxiety is never fun, and the song’s pounding rhythm section does a good job of projecting the subject’s conflicted mental state. But the lyrics also include a suggestion that in such situations it’s better not to assume the worst.

Katherine Bergeron vocals; Ben Greene, guitar; Butch Rovan, tenor sax; Dexter Willett, bass; Naveen Gooneratne, drums

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