Anyone but Me
Joy Crookes Lyrics


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Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Oh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Seven years strong with my therapy
Making mosaics of my memories
Puzzled with doubt, I'm my closest enemy
It's like this girl is squatting in my identity
She's a raver, a likkle libertine (ayy)
And a bouncer to my dopamine
Tried so hard to become a referee
To even out the game that's between my mind and me

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Anyone but me (mmm), anyone but me (uh)

She's dependent, she's my man and wife
Peckham preacher, give 'em bad advice
She just does the spendin' and then I pay the price
Tryna be Calise but she always trip me twice
But, I know I could do better (I could do better)
Baby, we're no good together (together, together)
You are you, I am I
Now you gotta go bye

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely (let me be lonely)
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Anyone but me, anyone but me
Anyone but me, anyone but
Anyone but me
(But, I know I could do better)
Anyone but me
(Baby, we're no good together)
Anyone but me
(You are you, I am I)
Anyone but me
(Now you gotta go bye)

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely




Inside my head, a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Overall Meaning

Joy Crookes's song "Anyone But Me" explores the idea of self-doubt and the internal struggle of one's identity. The opening line of the song, "Love me or leave me and let me be lonely," sets the tone for the rest of the song, as the singer is at a point in her life where she is searching for acceptance and understanding from the people around her, yet she simultaneously craves isolation to find a sense of peace within herself. The line "Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me" reflects the idea that one's mental struggles can overpower their desires and actions. The singer admits that she would "rather be somewhere else with anyone but me," which articulates her dissatisfaction with herself and her desire to escape.


Further into the song, the singer mentions her seven years of therapy and her attempts to come to terms with her identity. She describes her inner voice as a "girl squatting in my identity," representing the part of her that is holding her back from discovering her true self. She tries to combat this by being a "referee" between her mind and herself, a difficult and confusing task. The line "Been down so long now that happy is holy" implies that the singer has been struggling with her identity and mental health for so long that her only goal is to find happiness, even if it means being someone else.


Overall, "Anyone But Me" portrays the universal struggle of self-discovery and inner turmoil, and how one's mind can be both their enemy and their salvation.



Line by Line Meaning

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
I want someone to either love me or just leave me alone to be lonely.


Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I have a voice inside my head that controls me.


I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
I prefer to be somewhere else with anyone other than myself.


Oh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
I want someone to either love me or just leave me alone to be lonely.


Been down so long now that happy is holy
I have been through so much that being happy is a sacred thing to me.


Seven years strong with my therapy
I have been in therapy for seven years and it has been beneficial to me.


Making mosaics of my memories
I am piecing together my memories like a mosaic.


Puzzled with doubt, I'm my closest enemy
I am confused and doubtful, and I am my own worst enemy.


It's like this girl is squatting in my identity
There is a version of me that is dominating my identity and I have no control over it.


She's a raver, a likkle libertine (ayy)
This version of me is rebellious and enjoys being free-spirited.


And a bouncer to my dopamine
This version of me controls my dopamine, making it difficult for me to feel pleasure.


Tried so hard to become a referee
I have tried to be the neutral party between these conflicting versions of myself.


To even out the game that's between my mind and me
I am trying to balance the game that my mind is playing with me.


She's dependent, she's my man and wife
This version of me is dependent and controls my thoughts and actions like a partner/spouse.


Peckham preacher, give 'em bad advice
This version of me is like a preacher giving me bad advice.


She just does the spendin' and then I pay the price
This version of me spends recklessly and I am the one paying the consequences.


Tryna be Calise but she always trip me twice
I am trying to be like Calise, but this version of me keeps holding me back and tripping me up.


But, I know I could do better
I am aware that I can do better than this version of myself.


Baby, we're no good together
This version of me and I are not good for each other.


You are you, I am I
I am myself and this version of me is not a part of me.


Now you gotta go bye
It's time for this version of me to go.


Anyone but me
I want to be with anyone other than myself.


Love me or leave me and let me be lonely (let me be lonely)
I want someone to either love me or just leave me alone to be lonely.


Anyone but me (mmm), anyone but me (uh)
I really do not want to be with myself.


Inside my head, a voice that controls me
I have a voice inside my head that controls me.


I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
I prefer to be somewhere else with anyone other than myself.




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Written by: Jonny Lattimer, Joy Crookes

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Lyrics:


[Chorus]
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Oh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

[Verse 1]
Seven years strong with my therapy
Making mosaics of my memories
Puzzled with doubt, I'm my closest enemy
It's like this girl is squatting in my identity
She's a raver, a little libertine (Ay)
And a bouncer to my dopamine
Tried so hard to become a referee
To even out the game that's between my mind and me

[Chorus]
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Anyone but me (Mmm), anyone but me (Uh)

[Verse 2]
She's dependent, she's my man and wife
Peckham preacher, give 'em bad advice
She just does the spendin' and then I pay the price
Tryna be Calise but she always trip me twice
But, I know I could do better (I could do better)
Baby, we're no good together (Together, together)
You are you, I am I
Now you gotta go bye

[Chorus]
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely (Let me be lonely)
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

[Bridge]
Anyone but me, anyone but me
Anyone but me, anyone but
Anyone but me
(But, I know I could do better)
Anyone but me
(Baby, we're no good together)
Anyone but me
(You are you, I am I)
Anyone but me
(Now you gotta go bye)

[Chorus]
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me



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I could not find them, so I became them

《Lyrics》

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me


Oh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Seven years strong with my therapy
Making mosaics of my memories
Puzzled with doubt, I'm my closest enemy
It's like this girl is squatting in my identity
She's a raver, a lickle libertine (Ay)
And a bouncer to my dopamine
Tried so hard to become a referee
To even out the game that's between my mind and me

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely


Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Anyone but me (Mmm), anyone but me (Uh)

She's dependent, she's my man and wife
Peckham preacher, give 'em bad advice
She just does the spendin' and then I pay the price
Tryna be Calise but she always trip me twice
But, I know I could do better (I could do better)
Baby, we're no good together (Together, together)
You are you, I am I
Now you gotta go bye

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely (Let me be lonely)


Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Anyone but me, anyone but me
Anyone but me, anyone but
Anyone but me
(But, I know I could do better)
Anyone but me
(Baby, we're no good together)
Anyone but me
(You are you, I am I)
Anyone but me
(Now you gotta go bye)

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me



Sari

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Oh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Seven years strong with my therapy
Making mosaics of my memories
Puzzled with doubt, I'm my closest enemy
It's like this girl is squatting in my identity
She's a raver, a likkle libertine (ayy)
And a bouncer to my dopamine
Tried so hard to become a referee
To even out the game that's between my mind and me

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Anyone but me (mmm), anyone but me (uh)

She's dependent, she's my man and wife
Peckham preacher, give 'em bad advice
She just does the spendin' and then I pay the price
Tryna be Calise but she always trip me twice
But, I know I could do better (I could do better)
Baby, we're no good together (together, together)
You are you, I am I
Now you gotta go bye

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, there's a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me
Ooh, love me or leave me and let me be lonely (let me be lonely)
Been down so long now that happy is holy
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me

Anyone but me, anyone but me
Anyone but me, anyone but
Anyone but me
(But, I know I could do better)
Anyone but me
(Baby, we're no good together)
Anyone but me
(You are you, I am I)
Anyone but me
(Now you gotta go bye)

Love me or leave me and let me be lonely
Inside my head, a voice that controls me
I'd rather be somewhere else with anyone but me



All comments from YouTube:

Cataleyá Sanchéz

This is an artist. To create something with the pieces of yourself that are crumbling and that so many people can relate to this... Well, to me that is Art in the Form of music, and something that is rare in this time! Thank you Joy and keep on keeping on Girl!

Kim Videm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaCE99aYO5E

judy

@Cataleyá Sanchéz Thank you!

Cataleyá Sanchéz

@Moon Purple the meaning could be translated as "anyone except me"

judy

Hello, I do not speak English, could you tell me what you mean when you say "with anyone but me" if it is "with anyone except me" or "with nobody but me" is that I have those two options in Spanish , and how both can mean the same, I don't know which one is :(

Cataleyá Sanchéz

@strawverrybunny I think you didnt get my point :) but you dont have to. Thats okay. Everybody has a different view what true art is and how much you find it out there in this world. My opinion in this case was just that I like the singer and the way she Expresses such a vulnerable Part of herself in her music, which I personaly validate as true art. That's just my comment, you dont have to share my opinion or like what I say... But a lil reminder just in case you dont: go and comment some other comments you actually resonate with... life's too short :)

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Stizzieink

Deeply relatable. So many of us struggle in silence with our depression trying to navigate through life while doing the work to maintain our sense of self esp when we feel it slipping away.

Dope track. ❤

Yorkshire Ryder

Truth

xfairy 🥀

It's hurting me I call out for help everyday but no one literally hears me this song popped up in my recommendation & I just can feel the lyrics so deeply !!

MYMY rainbows

You’re stronger then your depression and anxiety and I am grateful that you exist to who ever is reading this!

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