Tame Impala (2020)
On October 23, 2020, Kevin Parker recorded a live version of the 2012 composition "Why Won't They Talk To Me?" (2020) and uploaded a video to YouTube. Track from Tame Impala's second full-length album "Lonerism" (2012). This project was one of the most unexpected of the year and the most exciting, because by making the most of the available technology, the album touched the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic rock, and not just the sound!
A little about the meaning of composition
A raw, frank, and frank display of the rollercoaster train of thought and emotion that comes with rejection and wounded self-esteem… How do you make sense of it all and deal with that agonizing feeling of knowing you're no longer needed, or at all?
Kevin Parker smoothly guides us through the lonely inner process of trying to make sense of the world and ourselves once again with bruised egos and shattered hopes that break a holistic view of life...
With its extended, musically and lyrically progressive opening, the song takes us from the original confessional "I'm so lonely" to the dismissive "I don't need them and I don't need them".
Guess I'll go home, try to be sane, try to pretend none of this happened," in a self-pitying "Lonely old me" breath. This escalates into cathartic outbursts of hurt feelings and demands for sincere answers and the repetition of "Why aren't they talking to me?"
The song is an honest, unpretentious exercise in the wavering feelings associated with being cast out and left with a tormented ego... Resentment, disappointment and pain lie beneath the surface, especially pronounced with the repeated but subtly confessed "I thought I was happy... ".
He runs away, but he can't hide from his wounded, bruised ego, from his threatening sense of self and world, so he screams...