When Courtney Barnett started penning the Tell Me How You Really Feel
lyrics, she was in a bad way, frustrated at her inability to deal with the misogynist world she lives in. The result was this song. She told Pitchfork
"The song is about trying to figure out where my anger fits into what's happening in the world. I was looking at my own behavioral patterns, the same stories I tell myself, and then trying to break out of them."