The Ballad of Me and My Brain

Album: I Like It When You Sleep... (2016)


  • This song finds 1975 singer Matty Healy spending four minutes frantically trying to locate his mind. "With that song I wanted to do The Replacements doing Dr Seuss… and after I stopped doing certain things, I felt a bit mad, but I kind of had a knowledge that I was going to be alright," he told When The Gramophone Rings. "Which is why there's a resignation to my madness in the opening lyric 'Well I think I've gone mad, isn't that so sad.'"

    "In the pre-production I got about four or five lines in before realizing that we'd have to cut it up and record it in bits" Healy added, "but then I had a bit of a psychedelic experience at FYF Festival, so the next day in the studio I was a broken man, I felt really on edge. That night I did the whole song twice, then that second take made it onto the record."
  • This was borne out of the struggles that Matt Healy and his songwriting collaborator, 1975 drummer George Daniel, had with the burden of creating a follow-up to their debut album. "George and I are like brothers, we had never left each other's side," said Healy. "We complete each other. And my problems at that time separated us a little bit. It catalysed the troubles that he had and solidified all of the issues that I was having in return, and it became this really dark time. And born out of that was The Ballad of Me and My Brain."
  • The song is revealing about Healy. "It's intense but it doesn't take itself too seriously," The 1975 frontman told NME. "It's quite funny at times. I think that sums me up quite well."


Be the first to comment...

Vince ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.

Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing

We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Bradley Cooper, Michael J. Fox, Rami Malek, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Ian Astbury of The CultSongwriter Interviews

The Cult frontman tells who the "Fire Woman" is, and talks about performing with the new version of The Doors.