Delaney Bailey / I Don’t Need You To Survive

The idea of a heartbreak song sounds cliche up until the point where you find yourself relating to one. I have written this before and I’ll write it again: heartbreak is one of the most beautiful pains one can experience. In her track “I Don’t Need You To Survive,” Indiana-based singer-songwriter Delaney Bailey eases into this idea with grace. 

“I Don’t Need You To Survive” is the fourth track on Bailey’s debut EP “This Is About You,” released in late 2021. The track explains how you can know someone so well – you know everything, from their favourite shirt to their coffee order to their little idiosyncrasies – and suddenly, you break up and they no longer wear that shirt and their coffee order is different and their idiosyncrasies invisible. Though seemingly sad, Bailey uses the “remembrance” of someone as an ode to her personal growth. 

Ultimately, her clever lyricism explores the narrative of exiting a relationship and growing into yourself. She sings, The only you that exists is the one that I left behind / You’ve really blown it this time / ‘Cause all I remember of you is the me that turned out just fine. Initially bitter and ultimately sweet, “I Don’t Need You To Survive” carries an uplifting sentiment missing from other heartbreak tracks. 

“I Don’t Need You To Survive” uses simple, stripped-down instrumentation, with nothing but an acoustic guitar and ambient soundbites to accompany Bailey’s vocals. Bailey sings with a falsetto that feels like a cloud; soft, angelic, and airy. Towards the end of the song, we hear samples of an ambulance tied into Bailey’s stacked harmonies. The combination of sounds feels like sitting in the backseat of a car during a rainy day; beautiful in a somber way. 

I am really excited for what Bailey has in store for 2022. Stream “I Don’t Need You To Survive” below!

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