If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)

Album: Notes On A Conditional Form (2020)
Charted: 14


  • Here, Matty Healy sings about his infatuation with a woman he only knows through a screen. The girl is sensually adventurous and wants to get intimate with him, but at first the singer misses the signals because he's too caught up worrying what she thinks of him.

    There's something 'bout her stare that makes you nervous
    And you say things that you don't mean

    This leads her to think he's "too shy," but by the second verse, Healy is calling her up naked. The singer, though, is uncomfortable about basing their connection around sex and starts drinking rather than facing up to his feelings.
  • The guitar-driven track premiered on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds on April 23, 2020. Speaking on the show about the song, Healy said: "It's about chasing connection; it's about getting naked on FaceTime. It's the lighter version of some of the observations of what we're all up to on the internet."
  • The 1975 debuted the ode to online lust during their concert at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England, on February 15, 2020 as part of their Music for Cars Tour.
  • FKA Twigs croons backing vocals. The English singer-songwriter also features on another Notes On A Conditional Form track, "What Should I Say."
  • When the song debuted at #14 on the UK singles chart, it became The 1975's biggest chart hit, beating out "The Sound," which peaked at #15.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Charles FoxSongwriter Interviews

After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.

Krishna DasSongwriter Interviews

The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.

Dave MasonSongwriter Interviews

Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.