“You’re Not Special, Babe” is the fifth track to be shared from Woman on the Internet, following last month’s “Do You Mind?” and earlier releases “Zombie!”, “More Like You” and “Pretending”.
Gartland says of the song, “Growing up is weird and my twenties feel like chaos. “You’re Not Special, Babe” is a coming-of-age song written to remind myself that everyone goes through all of it; good times, bad times, strange times, dizzying highs & extreme lows. The title sounds mean but it’s really meant to be a comforting message!”
She adds, “I wrote and produced this song with my friend and collaborator Tom Stafford at the beginning of 2020. Lyrically it set a tone for the rest of the album tracks to follow; no bullshit – just a messy scrapbook of honest, matter-of-fact thoughts. We demoed the song together in Tom’s London studio and then later brought it to Middle Farm Studios in Devon where we set up for 3 weeks – my band playing on this track took it to the next level & gave it the raucous energy it was missing. Sonically “You’re Not Special, Babe” has everything I love – ethereal synths, shimmery guitars, harmonies, tiny drums and big drums. I cannot wait to play this song live.”
Speaking about the album, Gartland explains, “When I was a few songs into writing the album it became clear that Woman on the Internet is about the chaos of my 20s. It’s a different chaos to your late teens, such a different brand of angst. I feel so much more settled and sure of myself now than I was when I was 18 or 19 but I’m still just half the person I’m going to be and to capture that became really important.”
Gartland adds of the album title, “She’s a caricature; a nameless, faceless figure telling me to eat better or buy some specific hair product; when I feel low I’m so vulnerable to questionable advice. The woman appears in these songs as someone I look to for guidance when it feels like no one in my real life can help, when I’m truly lost. A lot of this album is about learning to really own that lostness.”