Better Off Without You

Songfacts®:

  • Bassist Sam Douglas details in this song his personal struggle with anxiety and his frustration towards a doctor who took a particularly lax approach to his treatment.
  • Douglas explained to The Independent that he found it difficult to talk to doctors about his mental health issues, and felt "palmed off" when their solution was to prescribe the antidepressant Citalopra. The Mallory Knox bassist said:

    "I've always found it quite difficult to talk to people outside of my friends and family about my problems and my insecurities.

    In a way when I was writing this song I had that same gut-wrenching feeling I had when I went to the doctor the first time, to try to explain what was going on in my head. I've always said that the music tells you what the song should be about and you should always trust it.

    So when I realised I'd written the first verse, almost subliminally, about my anxiety there was a moment when I paused and questioned if this was something I really wanted to write about. The answer, in a nutshell, was yes.

    I can't speak for other people that suffer from anxiety, and I know there are many. I just wrote the song from my own personal experience."

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