About You

Album: Being Funny In A Foreign Language (2022)
Charted: 62
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Songfacts®:

  • The 1975's Matt Healy poses the question to a former flame, "do you think I have forgotten about you?" Healy clearly hasn't forgotten her and in his imagination they are together.

    You and I
    Were alive
    With nothing to do I could lay and just look in your eyes
  • Carly Holt, the wife of The 1975's guitarist Adam Hann, croons the bridge from the perspective of Healy's ex.

    There was something about you that now I can't remember
    It's the same damn thing that made my heart surrender
    And I'll miss you on a train
    I'll miss you in the morning


    Holt's memories of their romance are fading, but she still thinks about Healy.
  • Nick Cave's writing partner Warren Ellis arranged the song. Healy told Apple Music that before Ellis got his hands on it, it sounded like U2's "With Or Without You," and Ellis transformed it into something "weird and shoegazey."

    "Even though it's major key, he gave it this terror," Healy added, "which makes my performance in it a lot less romantic because everything is mushing together, and it's violent."
  • On "Inside Your Mind," a track from The 1975's third album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, Healy wanted to know the thoughts of a romantic partner. He told Pitchfork that song is "about the idea of sometimes wanting to know what your partner is thinking so much that you want to smash their head open to look."

    Speaking to Apple Music, Healy explained how this moody ballad shares a similar vibe to "Inside Your Mind." "I've always loved those kinds of Cronenberg, body-horror analogies, the tension between death and sex," he said. "I think that the morose can be quite sensual, and there's quite a bit of that in my work."
  • Matt Healy and drummer George Daniel wrote "About You." They also co-produced the dreamy song with Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine, Lorde).

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