Hell No

Album: It Doesn't Have to Make Sense (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • The first single off It Doesn't Have to Make Sense is according to Ingrid Michaelson, "About an angry woman who is going to leave this cheating man." The song was released on April 29, 2016.
  • The music video was created by Michaelson using Snapchat filters. It features various shots of her mouthing along to the song while sporting a series of the social media app's face-distorting features. "I hadn't seen anyone do it yet," she explained. "I just thought it would be a lot of fun."
  • Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Michaelson said she went the way she did with the video as she's more comfortable looking bizarre than trying to be glamorous. "For me it's perfect, because I've never taken myself all that seriously, and there's something innately self-deprecating about those [filters]," Michaelson told ABC Radio. "So many people are posting selfies where they're making duck face...and they've got bikinis on... but nobody wants to see that from me! I like to make myself look like, you know... a raccoon."

    "The last filter, I let myself look normal for like five seconds, just 'cause I wanted people to know what I really look like," she added, laughing. "But then I ended it with a 'crazy rainbow mouth unicorn' girl... I had to go a little bit strange at the end."
  • The unusual title of the album came when Michaelson was struggling to figure out the order of the songs on the record. "I was like, 'But I can't put that song there, it doesn't make sense. It's too weird,'" she explained to ABC Radio. "And then I was like, 'You know what? It doesn't have to make sense!' and I had this, like, 'aha' moment."

    "It's very apropos," she added. "Because I think after my mom passed, I was searching for meaning and trying to figure out why this happened...and just really needing clarity. And I realized that you just don't ever get it, and maybe it doesn't have to make sense."

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