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Two Incredible Songs About Feeling Alone In a Crowd

Joni Mitchell's People's Parties And Andy Shauf's Early To The Party



Two songs, written almost fifty years apart, sharing the same sentiment and so beautifully poetic and powerful.


Joni Mitchell's People's Parties still blows my mind. In my humble opinion, I'm not sure there is a better song and lyric ever written that sums up the feeling of awkwardness of being at a party and having that sinking feeling of insecurity. You know that feeling of not quite belonging, and yet everybody else seems to be so at ease with themselves and everyone around them?


Here's the song, followed by the lyric. It's exquisite.



Some are friendly

Some are cutting

Some are watching it from the wings

Some are standing in the centre


Photo beauty gets attention

Then her eye paint's running down


Cry for us all beauty

Cry for Eddie in the corner

Thinking he's nobody


Can you wake me

You seem to have a broader sensibility




And then, almost fifty years later Andy Shauf writes this:


Early to the party

You're the first one there

Overdressed and underprepared

Standing in the kitchen

Stressing out the host

Pulling teeth 'til anyone arrives


Excuse yourself and smoke a cigarette outside

There's three new faces coming up the drive

Exhale nervous greetings as they shuffle past

Can't he ever show up on time?


Bird on the wall

Catch her calling all the shots

Catch her tying you in knots

Won't let you leave


What happened to manners

I guess he's had a few

He's talking shit

He never thinks of you

So bite your lip and watch him walk off with his friends

Leaving you all alone once again


Bird on the wall

Catch her calling all the shots

Catch her tying you in knots

Won't let you leave


I love music.

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