Dressed To Suppress

Album: Art of Doubt (2018)
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Emily Haines contemplates the frustrations and inhibitions of social performance and how our insecurities prevent us being ourselves when it comes to looking for love.

    We reach for the things we idolize
    But the rings are just for show
    Her beauty is a form of charity
    Dressed to suppress all kinds of sorrow


    The song title plays on the phrase, "Dressed to Impress."
  • Haines explained the song's meaning: "Lyrically, the song explores the maze of conflicts we encounter in our attempts at finding and holding onto love; the absurd mating rituals we routinely perform, and the vast divide between the desires our appearances can imply and the way we actually feel inside."

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