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  • Writer's pictureCate Carter

Behind the Lyrics: Bass Line

I had written a lot of songs - some great, some not so great - before I wrote this one. But Bass Line was the first song I ever wrote that I thought could ever be a real, professionally published song. It’s the first of my songs that will ever be publicly available, but its significance for me runs much deeper than merely an important milestone.

In September of 2021, I went through what I consider to be a breakup. We never put any kind of label on it, but he was the first person that I ever felt really saw me. Things ended amicably because of logistical reasons - which is almost worse because there was nothing truly wrong in our relationship. It was completely good and pure. So, I listened to my Taylor Swift breakup playlist (cleverly titled “Death By a Thousand Breakup Songs”) and tried to go about my life.

And you do, you just go on. But there are some things that stay with you. Things that no one else could ever understand about your relationship. Those moments were how Bass Line was born. I was high in my room one night - the room where the majority of our relationship took place - and messing around with my guitar like I always did. And I was looking at my bed thinking, “how can I sleep there after everything?” It was a horrible feeling because when you're sad, all you want is to crawl into bed, but that space felt so sacred that I didn't even want to be there. So I wrote it down. I started thinking about the other places and actions that represented our intimate moments and wrote those down too.

Before I knew it, I had written a chorus. The lyrics are,

How can I sleep in my bed, knowing the words we said?/ And how can I play my guitar without wondering where you are?/ And how can I stand in the shower, thoughts of you overpowering my will to find a way to be fine?/ While you’re writing a new Bass Line

Those words were all I wrote that night and I thought it was a terrible song going nowhere. But the next morning when I listened back to the shitty voice memo I took, I was like, “holy shit. high me was really onto something and was so stupid for thinking it was bad.”

That day I finished what would become my first studio single. And now it’s yours. I hope it means as much to you as it does to me. Bass Line is now streaming everywhere <3

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