Song of the Day #3,952: ‘Ruins’ – Jade Bird

I’m pretty sure Lizzo is going to be a big star. I don’t know if that’s true for Jade Bird, but she absolutely deserves it.

Bird is a 21-year-old English singer-songwriter whose self-titled debut album dropped just last week. She is the sole songwriter on every track, which vary from gentle piano ballads to country-folk songs to blues-rock jams. Her gritty vocals sound like they could come from somebody twice her age.

Not every song on this album is instantly memorable, but a few of them burst with such promise that you know you’re hearing a real-deal talent. One of those is the opening track, and today’s SOTD, ‘Ruins.’

[Verse 1]
How do we have to do this again?
I’ll tell you how I’m feelin’
And you’re like a cryptomaniac
We try and connect the dots and the facts
How do we have to be here?
‘Cause these hotels, I just can’t relax
The more I bend, the worse that I snap
I feel like a goddamn maniac

[Pre-Chorus]
You sure you wanna do this now?

[Chorus]
‘Cause I mean it when I say that
I don’t understand
And I mean it when I say that
I’m not sure who I am

[Post-Chorus]
‘Cause one minute I love you
And the next it’s all in ruins
A minute thinkin’ of you
And the next it’s all in ruins

[Verse 2]
Tell me what did I do
To deserve somebody like you?
It’s too hard to tell the truth
Nothing’s real and nothing’s new
I’m just a product of my emotions
And they’re all settin’ off again
If it’s a mixture or a dosage
Then I need just what you’re havin’

[Pre-Chorus]
You sure you wanna do this now?
Oh, you sure you wanna do this now?

[Chorus]
‘Cause I mean it when I say that
I don’t understand
And I mean it when I say that
I’m not sure who I am

[Post-Chorus]
‘Cause one minute I love you
And the next it’s all in ruins
A minute thinkin’ of you
And the next my mind’s in ruins

[Bridge]
Again
Here again
I can’t let it out
And I can’t let you in

[Chorus]
Yeah, I mean it when I say that
I don’t understand
And I mean it when I say that
I’m not sure who I am
Yeah, I mean it when I say that
I don’t understand
And I mean it when I say that
I’m not sure who I am

[Post-Chorus]
‘Cause one minute I love you
And the next it’s all in ruins
A minute thinkin’ of you
And the next it’s all in ruins

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,952: ‘Ruins’ – Jade Bird

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I think it’s very hard, especially nowadays, for singer-songwriters to become big stars unless they package their material, sound and look into a commercial pop lane like Taylor Swift and others have done. Fortunately, though, it is probably easier than ever before to be heard and build a sustainable fan base for years as someone like Aimee Mann has done.

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