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Orla Gartland sings about social anxiety on ‘Why Am I Like This?’

Orla Gartland sings about social anxiety on ‘Why Am I Like This?’


Orla Gartland has released her latest song ‘Why Am I Like This?’, a track which she memorably played at our recent Future Proof night.

The London-based Dubliner Gartland calls it an “existential pop” song about social anxiety. Its lyrics are revelatory presses into one’s inner psyche and the self-doubt that a lot of people feel in public situations.

“Maybe I’m an old soul in a young body / Maybe you don’t really want me there at your birthday party. / I’ll be there in the corner, / thinking right over everything single word of the conversation we just had,” Gartland sings.

Through the chorus’ refrain, the songwriter turns the existential cry into a rallying one, that live, brings audience and performer closer by questioning together.

Orla Gartland - Why Am I Like This?

Orla Gartland tour dates

8 April: Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham – SOLD-OUT
10 April: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
11 April: The Sound House, Dublin
13 April: Stereo, Glasgow
14 April: The Deaf Institute, Manchester – SOLD-OUT
16 April: The Louisiana, Bristol
17 April: Omeara, London – NEWLY ADDED
18 April: Omeara, London – SOLD-OUT

why am i like this - original song | Orla Gartland

We are big fans of Gartland’s recent two singles ‘I Go Crazy’ and ‘Between My Teeth’.

Orla Gartland - I Go Crazy
Orla Gartland - Between My Teeth

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