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"How" is the first song by American alternative band The Neighbourhood from their debut studio album, I Love You. It was released on April 22nd, 2013, the same day that the album was released.

Theme Edit

Just like a lot of the songs off of this album, Jesse's lyrics present multi-layered stories; on one hand, he battles religious scepticism, while on the other, he talks about the path the band has been on thus far since their debut.[1]

This can be seen in the lyric "How can you tell me that I'm great/When they chewed me up, spit me out, pissed on me?". From the religious perspective, he is saying that he doesn't understand the omnibenevolence of God, and how God can still love him after the things he has done. If we talk about it in terms of the band, however, he is talking about his fans and critics, saying that he doesn't understand why he has these fans even with all the criticism he has received.

Critical Reception Edit

Brent Faulkner of PopMatters claimed the song "establishes a dark, moody nature about the effort". He also said that it is "not 'definitive' per se, but easily highlights the band's potential and strengths".[2]

Live Performances Edit

The Neighbourhood performed 'How' live as the opening song on Letterman on January 31st, 2014.[3] A live recording of this performance was then uploaded to YouTube.

Credits Edit

  • Jesse Rutherford — vocals, songwriting
  • Emile Haynie — production
  • Justyn Pilbrow — production

Lyrics Edit

How could you question God's existence
When you question God himself?
Why would you ask for God's assistance
If you wouldn't take the help?

If you're gone, then I need you
If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
When I'm on, I believe you
When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel

How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chewed me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?

They say the end is coming sooner
But the end's already here
I said today is but a rumour
That we'll laugh at in a year
Or two, or three, or four, or five, whatever

If you're gone, then I need you
If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
When I'm on, I believe you
When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel

How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chewed me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?
How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chewed me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?

How?
How could you tell me that I'm great?
How?
How could you tell me that it's fate?
How?

References Edit

  1. https://genius.com/The-neighbourhood-how-lyrics
  2. https://www.popmatters.com/171860-the-neighbourhood-i-love-you-2495753790.html
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWHPUcQaIBQ