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jessa - "saying i'm fine"

Written on 04/02/2023
Natalee Gilbert

jessa's summery R&B offering, "saying i'm fine," is about hiding her distress from the public eye. As she uses a hypnotic vocal range, she sings about seemingly escaping the hurt by taking on a new identity.

"I changed my hair/my clothes/Now I'm someone no one knows," jessa declares. 


As the song continues, jessa contemplates if this new sense of direction will make her happier. In the end, jessa decides to take matters into her own hands. 

The singer begins to think of many ways to keep a smile on her face, concluding that even if her efforts fail, she'll "get up and try again." 


A notable line of jessa's goes, "thinkin I should find job/Maybe I'll stay a year/would I still have nightmares?/I could get better at being alone/Vow to give up staring down at my phone/I bet I would never even get sad/I could stop chasing what I never had." 


jessa says about the record,

"When someone asks how you're doing, why do we always feel obligated to say we're fine, even if we're struggling? I feel like I've been on autopilot for a long time; it's a tactic I use to cope with having intrusive thoughts. Instead of searching for an external source of happiness, I've been trying to get better at finding happiness by being my most authentic self. I've been practicing intentionality with everything I do, which has allowed me to feel like I'm finally coming into myself on a personal level."


Listen to "saying i'm fine" by jessa below: