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"Don't Go Outside" is a song by Poppy from her third studio album I Disagree. It is the tenth and final track on the album.

Background

On November 26th, 2019, Poppy revealed the title along with the tracklist to I Disagree on Instagram.

Theme

"Don't Go Outside" tackles themes of apocalypse and isolation from the outside world, continuing themes present in the previous track "Sick of the Sun". The song also touches on fearmongering and mass hysteria in the news media, a theme that would reappear in the song "If It Bleeds", which Poppy described as the "distant relative" of "Don't Go Outside".[1]

"'Don't Go Outside' was written in 2 parts. The acoustic section at the beginning was written a year before we recorded the song as a whole I stumbled up the voice memo on my computer. I got very emotional when I found it again and knew I needed it for the record."- Poppy in a 2020 Reddit AMA[2]

The song also has an alternate message, likely representing Poppy overcoming this fear. After the second chorus, she reiterates "everything will be okay" several times followed by a reprise of "I Disagree", "Fill the Crown", "Concrete" and a melodic callback to "Anything Like Me".

"A few of my favorite records do call backs to songs on their albums, I wanted to [do] my take." - Poppy in a 2020 Reddit AMA[3]

Beginning in March 2020, the song experienced a renewed interest amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, following the announcement that Poppy would have to postpone the Eurasia dates of her I Disagree Tour due to the pandemic. She would comment on this in an interview with Apple Music:

"Thematically this is more about a victim of mass hysteria in the news media and living in constant fear, which ended up playing out interestingly in 2020. I didn’t predict any of that, just for the record, but it ended up coming true for the world."[1]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Now is not the time to go outside
Crawl back into bed and close your eyes
Now is not the time to go outside
Lock the doors and find a place to hide

[Chorus]
The TV says you're out of time
Suck the fear in through your eyes
Everyone is bland and blind
Don't go outside

[Verse 2]
Shut your mouth, give up and fall in line
Listen to the way the children cry
Amphibians are falling from the sky
Now is not the time to go outside

[Chorus]
The TV says you're out of time
Suck the fear in through your eyes
Everyone is bland and blind
Don't go outside

[Bridge]
(Please help me)
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay, okay
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay
Everything will be okay, okay
Ooh, ooh

[Outro]
Down, let it all burn down
Burn it to the ground
We'll be safe and sound
When it all burns down
Let it all burn down
Burn it to the ground
We'll be safe and sound
Down, let it all burn down
Burn it to the ground
(You can be anyone you want to be)
Down, let it all burn down
Burn it to the ground
(You can be anyone you want to be)
Down, let it all burn down
(Bury me six feet deep and just cover me in concrete, please)
Burn it to the ground
(You can be anyone you want to be)
Down, let it all burn down
(Bury me six feet deep and just cover me in concrete, please)
Burn it to the ground
(You can be anyone you want to be)

Audio

Don't Go Outside

Don't Go Outside

Trivia

  • Blame Candy guitarist Chris Greatti, who co-wrote the song with Poppy and various other songwriters, also performed the guitar solo in the song. He released a video on his YouTube channel demonstrating the solo.
  • This is the longest song on I Disagree, being 6:06 long.
    • It also remains Poppy's longest song to date.
  • Chris Greatti has stated that "Don't Go Outside", "Sit / Stay", "Anything Like Me" and "Bloodmoney" are his favorite songs from I Disagree.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-disagree-more/1524300859
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/popheads/comments/emutlq/poppy_i_disagree_ama/fdr70xf/
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/popheads/comments/emutlq/poppy_i_disagree_ama/fdr6eou/
  4. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7KJKFbFQ0E/

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