Gunshy

Album: Exile In Guyville (1993)

Songfacts®:

  • Liz Phair describes this track from her debut album as "true-confession, diary-entry singing." She told Rolling Stone in 2018: "There's no pretense or bravado. It's really saying, 'I don't know if I am cut out to do what it seems to be that society wants women to do.' It's the little things, the little habits that I can't handle. It's the fear of being married and the fear of being in that role. It's a confession as opposed to other songs that are proclaiming loudly."

    "And I like the way it's produced to echo that sentiment. It's very small and creepy," she said, comparing it to eerie vibe of a horror movie like the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives. "The town is all in on it and you're suddenly realizing that you feel like an alien."

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