Song of the Day #5,306: ‘Numb Little Bug’ – Em Beihold

The track at #31 on the 2022 Billboard Hot 100 is Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Good 4 U,’ a song that did so well in 2021 that its success bled over into the following year.

At #32 is a track by another young woman, 23-year-old Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Em Beihold. Beihold has had modest success with a few singles thanks mostly to TikTok, but ‘Numb Little Bug’ marked her first appearance on the Billboard charts. The song peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 the week of July 16.

‘Numb Little Bug’ is a jaunty piano pop song about balancing clinical anxiety with the numbness caused by the medication prescribed to treat it.

Beihold claims Sara Bareilles, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Lily Allen as influences, and the stamps of those artists are all over this track. As a fan of that whole lot myself, I’ll make a point to follow Beihold’s career.

[Verse 1]
I don’t feel a single thing
Have the pills done too much?
Haven’t caught up with my friends in weeks
And now we’re outta touch
I’ve been drivin’ in L.A
And the world, it feels too big
Like a floating ball that’s bound to break
Snap my psyche like a twig

[Pre-Chorus]
And I just wanna see
If you feel the same as me

[Chorus]
Do you ever get a little bit tired of life?
Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die
Like you’re hangin’ by a thread but you gotta survive
‘Cause you gotta survive
Like your body’s in the room but you’re not really there
Like you have empathy inside but you don’t really care
Like you’re fresh outta love but it’s been in the air
Am I past repair?

[Post-Chorus]
A little bit tired of trying to care when I don’t
A little bit tired of quick repairs to cope
A little bit tired of sinkin’, there’s water in my boat
I’m barely breathin’, tryna stay afloat
So I got these quick repairs to cope
Guess I’m just broken and broke

[Verse 2]
The prescription’s on its way
With a name I can’t pronounce
And the dose I gotta take
Boy, I wish that I could count

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I just wanna see
If this could make me happy

[Chorus]
Do you ever get a little bit tired of life?
Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die
Like you’re hangin’ by a thread but you gotta survive
‘Cause you gotta survive
Like your body’s in the room but you’re not really there
Like you have empathy inside but you don’t really care
Like you’re fresh out of love but it’s been in the air
Am I past repair?

[Post-Chorus]
A little bit tired of trying to care when I don’t
A little bit tired of quick repairs to cope
A little bit tired of sinkin’, there’s water in my boat
I’m barely breathin’, tryna stay afloat
So I got these quick repairs to cope

[Outro]
Do you ever get a little bit tired of life?
Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die
Like a numb little bug that’s gotta survive
That’s gotta survive

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,306: ‘Numb Little Bug’ – Em Beihold

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I hadn’t heard this song, but it seemed instantly familiar due to its influences from other artists. Good stuff!

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