“The Fall” is the sixth track from Lovejoy’s 2021 EP titled “Pebble Brain”. The song is a euphoric mental breakdown on the general life around us. We see the world burning around us, but we have chosen to smile and continue our usual routines because there is nothing else to do!
The EP ‘Pebble Brain’ follows the debut EP ‘Are You Alright?’ by the British group Lovejoy. The group consists of four members, Wilbur Soot as frontman and vocalist, Joe Goldsmith as guitarist, Ash Kabosu who plays bass and Mark Boardman who is drummer for the group. The EP ‘Pebble Brain’ features seven tracks and was released on October 14, 2021, after being delayed for several months.
The premise of the song “The Fall” is that when you reach the top, there’s nowhere to go but down. The higher you climb, the harder you fall. On top of that, the lyrics of the songs are decorated with all the mental issues that we face today more than ever. The music in this song sounds jagged and chaotic, just like the way our brains work these days.
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Lovejoy “The Fall” Lyrics Song Meaning and Review
The song is a tribute to all that is disastrous around us, especially for teenagers today. The world is chaotic and it moves so fast around us that none of us can actually take a break in our lives.
Two decades ago, children played outdoors and in the streets and broke their legs and arms. Today we are playing online and surfing the internet and we’re breaking our heads. The latter is worse. Why? Because no one else can see the broken parts. It’s in us.
There must be more to this
So leave these bad states and let’s book a vacation
There must be more to life than being stuck between four falls 90% of human life, working for others for more than a quarter of life, and racking up heaps of psychological issues and medical bills. The singer offers a vacation out of these “Sinking States”. “Sinker” is slang for something / someone who is drowning or sinking due to its own weight. “States” or cities are crumbling under systematic imprisonment. Maybe a vacation away from it all will heal our souls?
Next, Wilbur Soot sings about how he paints all cities blue, a color often used to describe emotions such as loneliness, fear, depression, and anxiety. “Painting towns” is a phrase used to describe the act of spreading something around. So, Lovejoy, ironic as the name is, spreads dull moods all over town, for they are boring creatures already.
In the song’s pre-chorus, Lovejoy sings the fall. Wilbur Soot talks about what others see versus what he knows it took to get to where he is today. Strangers only see the highlight reel. They only see how wonderful the view from the top must be. But they will never know the blood, sweat and tears that fell behind the scenes to climb to the top. Only you will know.
And we’re so calm, but we are (fucking scared, fucking scared)
We have the impression that this line of the song’s chorus sums up what today’s young people are experiencing on a daily basis. The world is quite scary and cold. But we cannot show signs of weakness. We put on our masks and continue our day. But inside, we have a hell of a fear.
In the song’s second verse, Lovejoy tackles another popular topic among teenagers today. Sertraline and Prozac are both antidepressants. This is what the world has caused young people to be depressed and lonely. Mental illnesses are more common than at any time in history (it could also be that mental illnesses are finally accepted as illnesses and treated more than ever).
Even money cannot get us out of the mental problems we face today. Most of the time, these problems do not stem from poverty. Most of the time, these problems arise from having a lot of material things and a loosening of human relationships. Today we sit behind the walls of our computers and we are invincible. It also emits almost zero emotions, empathy, and love for each other. When you look into the eyes of another human being within 5 feet of you, you tend to remember a lot of things that you would say to them, that you would have typed on a keyboard without a second thought.
“But the conveyor belt still loops”
We understand that many psychological issues arise from lack of human connection and dependence on material things for happiness. But there doesn’t seem to be a way to make it right. Perhaps this is the natural course of human evolution. Maybe this generation is the guinea pig of the transformation from human connection to Internet connection.
In the last part of the song, Lovejoy brings us back to the singer’s situation. He’s at the top and his brain is on medication. Was this what life had in store for him? Succeed beyond imagination but also be dumped by a ton of mental issues ?! Was there no better way for him?
Let us know what you think of this song in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics on Genius.
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