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Growing Up

from Get Well Soon by St. South

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‘At first listen, ‘Growing Up’ sounds like a breakup song, but for me personally there’s a double meaning, relating to self-care surrounding mental health. Lines like 'won’t you just try to be brave?' and 'you pulled away, I guess that’s when you needed a break,' are things that I’ve said to myself during bad patches of anxiety. When things get tough, I tend to turn inwards and focus on self-care until I’m ready to be social again. There are always going to be people who can’t empathize with that, because we all cope in our own unique way. So, I guess ‘Growing Up’ is about letting go of the people who don’t allow you the time and space to work through whatever you’re experiencing. It’s about being gentle with yourself when others don’t have the capacity to be. It’s about growing through love and friendships and learning how to process any pain that comes from losing either of these things.”
“I also sampled a home cassette tape from the early 90s - you can hear my mum talking to my brother and I (I was 3 and my brother was 8), so there’s some very real nostalgic value re: growing up for me.”

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You went away
I guess that's what they all say
But is that what you wanted, or you thought I wanted?
Won't you just, try to be brave?

I cross away when you walk that track
Tell you what, it's a bit of luck
I'm not gonna get you out of thought
But I know you're growing up
I know you're growing up

You pulled away
I guess that's when you needed a break
But is that what you wanted?
Did you feel unwanted?
Is that why you called it a day?
[chorus]
I cross away when you walk that track
Tell you what, it's a bit of luck
I'm not gonna get you out of thought
But I know you're growing up
I know you're growing up
I know you're growing up

Squeeze my hand when you've had enough
(please don't be like that)
Squeeze my hand when you've had enough
(please don't be like that)
Squeeze my hand when you've had enough
(it's not like that)
Squeeze my hand when you've had enough
You don't, you don't, you don't, you don't know it

I cross away when you walk that track
Tell you what, it's a bit of luck
I'm not gonna get you out of thought
But I know you're growing up
I know you're growing up

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from Get Well Soon, released July 17, 2020

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