I Thought I Heard You Screaming

Album: Benjamin Booker (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Benjamin Booker was high much of his time at college, and his mental state was not helped by his concern for the girl he was living with who was addicted to OxyContin. It got to the stage where Booker feared that he was losing his mind after he started having auditory hallucinations.

    One particularly crazy experience inspired this song. He recalled to Noisey: "One night I was in my room, and I heard this blood-curdling scream, and I thought it was her. And I walked in, and she was fine. Like all the worrying manifested into this crazy hallucinating thing."

    "That kind of stuff. Just, like, the people around me, there was so much happening," Booker continued. "I was seeing this girl whose father had been murdered in a home invasion, and that was going on at the same time. It was just like a lot of s--t happening. And I guess it was me just trying to make sense of that all happening."

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