Song of the Day #2,457: ‘Debbie Downer’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesI’m coming in to the home stretch of Courtney Barnett’s album with three songs left, starting with track #8, ‘Debbie Downer.’

This is a weird way to discover an album, one song at a time spaced out over hours or days. I’ve written some of these blog entries back-to-back but others have been separated by a day or two. I’m used to hearing new music all the way through, usually on my car stereo. This is a more disjointed experience, certainly, but I also feel like I’m getting a better sense of the album overall than I usually do with a new record.

‘Debbie Downer’ is another quick character sketch, along the lines of ‘Aqua Profonda!,’ this time of an insecure and moderately self-loathing woman.

Musically, this is not what I expected at all. This is probably the most buoyant track on the album so far, in ironic contrast to its subject matter. If this album were to spawn a successful single, this would probably be the one.

[Verse 1]
Tell me when you’re getting bored and I’ll leave
I’m not the one who put the chain around your feet
I’m sorry for all of my insecurities, but they’re just a part of me
“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats”
That’s what a nice old Spanish lady once told me
“Hey Debbie-Downer turn that frown upside down and just be happy”

I don’t ask too much of you
It’s true and I can’t read your mind

Don’t stop listening, I’m not finished yet
I’m not fishing for your compliments

[Verse 2]
I’m growing older every time I blink my eyes
Boring, neurotic, everything that I despise
We had some lows, we had some mids, we had some highs
Sell me all your golden rules and I’ll see
If that’s the kind of person that I wanna be
If I’m not happy I’ll be glad I kept receipts

I won’t ask too much of you
I used to wonder what to wear

[Chorus] x4

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,457: ‘Debbie Downer’ – Courtney Barnett

  1. Dana says:

    I suspect my sister will enjoy and perhaps identify with this song.😄

  2. pegclifton says:

    Definitely like the lyrics better then the music on this one.

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    I have enjoyed reading her lyrics across the board but not the music which I find monotonous. Me, identify with Debbie Downer, whatever could you be saying? You know what a bon vivant I really am! Going back to my fetal position now.

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