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"Afraid" is the second song by American alternative band The Neighbourhood from their debut studio album, I Love You. It was released as the album's fourth and final single on July 23rd, 2013 by Columbia Records.

Critical Reception Edit

Kat Waplington of Drowned In Sound claimed the song "crystallises everything that is good and bad about I Love You." and that it is "slick, well produced, and fairly appealing".[1]

Live Performances Edit

The Neighbourhood performed Afraid live several times, including on Letterman[2], as well as on tours.

Credits Edit

  • Jesse Rutherford — vocals, songwriting
  • Emile Haynie — production
  • Justyn Pilbrow — production

Videos Edit

Lyrics Edit

When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place

Make that money, fake that bunny, ache my tummy
On the fence, all the time
Paid junk honey, face so sunny, ain't that funny
All my friends always lie to me, I know they're thinking

You're too mean, I don't like you
Fuck you, anyway
You make me want to scream at the top of my lungs
It hurts but, I won't fight you
You suck, anyway
You make me want to die, right when I

When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might end up being me
(Being me, being me)

Keep on dreaming, don't stop breathing, fight those demons
Sell your soul, not your whole self
Oh, if they see it when you're sleeping, make them leave it
And I can't even see if it's out there, anymore
So

You're too mean, I don't like you
Fuck you, anyway
You make me want to scream at the top of my lungs
It hurts but, I won't fight you
You suck, anyway
You make me want to die, right when I

When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might end up being me
(Being me, being me)

Being me can only mean feeling scared to breathe
If you leave me, then I'll be afraid of everything
That makes me anxious, gives me patience, calms me down
Lets me face this, let me sleep
And when I wake up
Let me be

When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might take my place
When I wake up, I'm afraid
Somebody else might end up being me
(Being me, being me)

References Edit

  1. http://drownedinsound.com/releases/17599/reviews/4146312
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf-bUBF3k1s