Emily I'm Sorry
Boygenius Lyrics


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She's asleep in the backseat
Looking peaceful enough to me
But she's waking up inside a dream
Full of screeching tires and fire
We're coming back from where no one lives
Pretty much just veterans
When I pointed out where the North Star is
She called me a fucking liar

Emily, I'm sorry I just
Make it up as I go along
And I can feel myself becoming
Someone only you could want

Headed straight for the concrete
In a nightmare, screaming
Now I'm wide awake, spiraling
And you don't want to talk
Just take me back to Montreal
I'll get a real job, you'll go back to school
We can burn out in the freezing cold
And just get lost

Emily, I'm sorry, baby
You know how I get when I'm wrong
And I can feel myself becoming
Somebody I'm not, I'm not, so
Emily, forgive me, can we
Make it up as we go along?
I'm twenty-seven and I don't know who I am
But I know what I want

Emily, I'm sorry




Emily, I'm sorry
I'm sorry

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Emily I'm Sorry" by Boygenius explore the feeling of uncertainty and fear in a relationship, and the desire to be understood and forgiven by one's partner. The song starts with the image of the singer driving with Emily, who is sleeping in the backseat. While she appears peaceful, the singer is haunted by his own thoughts and nightmares, full of "screeching tires and fire". This contrast reflects the idea that even when things seem to be going well in a relationship, there can still be underlying issues that need to be addressed.


As the song progresses, the singer apologizes to Emily for his shortcomings and his inability to know who he truly is. He admits to making things up as he goes along, and to feeling like he is becoming someone only Emily could want. This vulnerability is further emphasized by the repetition of the line "Emily, I'm sorry", which becomes almost a mantra throughout the song.


The final lines, "I'm twenty-seven and I don't know who I am, but I know what I want", suggest that the singer is still trying to figure out his own identity and what he wants from life, but he is certain about his love for Emily and the desire to make things work between them. The song captures the feelings of insecurity and uncertainty that can arise in relationships, as well as the hope that comes from being honest and vulnerable with one's partner.


Line by Line Meaning

She's asleep in the backseat
She is currently sleeping in the car's back seat


Looking peaceful enough to me
Despite our current situation, she looks calm and peaceful


But she's waking up inside a dream
However, internally she is becoming more and more aware of the terrifying reality surrounding her


Full of screeching tires and fire
Her dream is filled with terrifying images of car crashes and fire


We're coming back from where no one lives
We are returning from a remote and desolate area where few people reside


Pretty much just veterans
The people in the area are mostly military veterans


When I pointed out where the North Star is
During our trip, I pointed out where the North Star can be located in the sky


She called me a fucking liar
Unfortunately, she responded to my statement with anger and accusations of dishonesty


Emily, I'm sorry I just
I feel guilty for


Make it up as I go along
Not having a solid plan for our life together


And I can feel myself becoming
I'm starting to change and evolve


Someone only you could want
Into a person that you think is worth being with


Headed straight for the concrete
We are speeding towards a literal collision with concrete


In a nightmare, screaming
Both of us are currently experiencing a horrible nightmare where we are screaming


Now I'm wide awake, spiraling
I am now fully alert and feeling like I'm out of control


And you don't want to talk
You prefer not to engage with me at this time


Just take me back to Montreal
Perhaps returning to Montreal (where we come from) will provide us with a safe space to sort our lives out


I'll get a real job, you'll go back to school
We should pave a new life for ourselves by pursuing career advancements and education


We can burn out in the freezing cold
We can exit the fast lane and settle for a slower, simpler life


And just get lost
We can venture off the beaten path together


Emily, I'm sorry, baby
I acknowledge the mistake I have made and apologize for it


You know how I get when I'm wrong
I can be confrontational and unreasonable when I am at fault


And I can feel myself becoming
I am currently in the process of changing


Somebody I'm not, I'm not, so
Becoming a completely different person from who I previously was


Emily, forgive me, can we
I am asking for your forgiveness and wondering if


Make it up as we go along?
We can both improvise our way to a better future?


I'm twenty-seven and I don't know who I am
I'm almost thirty but I am still uncertain of my true identity


But I know what I want
Regardless, I have a clear idea of what I desire for my future


Emily, I'm sorry
In conclusion, I am sorry once more for any pain I have caused you


Emily, I'm sorry
I am truly remorseful


I'm sorry
I apologize for any wrongdoing




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@DavidMathews1990

She's asleep in the backseat
Looking peaceful enough to me
But she's waking up inside a dream
Full of screeching tires and fire
We're coming back from where no one lives
Pretty much just veterans
When I pointed out where the north star is
She called me a fucking liar
Emily, I'm sorry I just
Make it up as I go along
And I can feel myself becoming
Someone only you could want
Headed straight for the concrete
In a nightmare screaming
Now I'm wide awake, spiraling
And you don't want to talk
Just take me back to Montreal
I'll get a real job, you'll go back to school
We can burn out in the freezing cold
And just get lost
Emily, I'm sorry, baby
You know how I get when I'm wrong
And I can feel myself becoming
Somebody I'm not, I'm not so-
Emily, forgive me, can we
Make it up as we go along?
I'm twenty seven and I don't who I am
But I know what I want
Emily, I'm sorry
Emily, I'm sorry
I'm sorry



All comments from YouTube:

@ryleighjasmyn

the fact kristen stewart directed this will always blow my mind. two of my worlds colliding omg

@In_time

Omg whut?! 🤭
Update: wow.

@meredithgrubb4497

She did a great job

@desert_holly

Wow, really?! 🤯

@LucasWilliams-ko5rp

Yeah, that was great, music is a healer to the mind and soul..Would you mind being friends?

@geo1134

Yeah love that she didn't wear a bra also. So woke!

@FreedomRacingMonsterTrucks

So epic! Thanks for having us as part of your journey!

@byong9954

i unironically love monster trucks now

@lilnutty6821

Epic?

@sunnydayreads

@@lilnutty6821 epic.

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