June 11, 2014 12:00 PM

Keep It to Yourself

You turn on the light

Then you turn it back off

‘Cause sleepin’ alone, yeah, it ain’t what you thought

It’s the drip of the sink

It’s the click of the clock

And you’re wondering if I’m sleepin’

You heard from your friends

That I’m doin’ okay

And you’re thinkin’ that maybe you made a mistake

And you want me to know

But I don’t wanna know

How you’re feelin’

Chorus:

Keep it to yourself

If you think that you still love me

Put it on a shelf

If you’re lookin’ for someone

Make it someone else

When you’re drunk

And it’s late

And you’re missin’ me like hell

Keep it to yourself

If you see me out and I’m standing alone

Well it don’t mean that I’m gonna need a ride home

If you walk up to me like it ain’t what it is

I know that it ain’t gonna end with a kiss

(Repeat Chorus)

Yeah, when you’re drunk

And it’s late

And you’re sad

And you hate goin’ home alone

‘Cause you’re missin’ me like hell

Keep it to yourself

Yeah, keep it to yourself

Yeah, keep it to yourself

“I love a first line that sets a mood. It’s painting a picture. You can see this person in their bed, tossing, turning, thinking, wanting to call.”

“You can feel the loneliness, the wondering if they made the right decision—the head space that comes with breaking up with someone.”

“That’s the pivotal moment: Do you want to hear what they have to say? Or not? If it really needs to be over, you probably don’t.”

“I love phrasing that flows, and that’s one of Shane’s specialties, so I think those lines were probably his.”

“My mom was the one who said, ‘Keep It to Yourself’ would be a good song title. She’s always sending me long texts suggesting song names. Some are cheesy, but some are really good!”

“Self-discipline is hard, especially when you’re attracted to somebody. I can just picture being in a bar and it’s like, ‘Don’t even come up to me. You have power over me and it’s not good!'”

In Her Own Words

“The lyrics definitely touch on feelings I’ve felt at one point. At the time we wrote it, I was in a relationship that wasn’t right for either of us. At some point someone has to be the strong one and say, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ Otherwise you just keep going in the same cycle. There’s strength in using your brain instead of your heart, and that’s not always the easiest thing to do. I’m happy to say I’m happy now, but it’s a time I can tap back into and remember. This song is really different for me. With ‘Merry Go ‘Round,’ I wanted to make a point, and ‘Follow Your Arrow’ was opinionated and loud, and I love that, but not every song has to be on a soapbox. It was time to step down for a second and do something softer and a little more introspective. Not every song has to punch you in the face lyrically or sonically. This one was just relatable and an easy listen.”

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