Single Review: Avril Lavigne “Nobody’s Home”

Nobody’s Home
Album: Under My Skin
Year: 2004

Avril Lavigne reaches out to a confused friend in “Nobody’s Home.” Written by Ban Noody and Lavigne, she is clueless as to the cause of her friend’s depression. She could only watch helplessly as her friend self-destructed (“I couldn’t tell you why she felt that way/She felt it everyday/And I couldn’t help her/I just watched her make the same mistakes again”).

Her friend is trying to deal with her many problems. One problem being, she’s been kicked out of the house. She doesn’t trust anyone and is a shadow. (“what’s wrong now?/
Too many, too many problems/Don’t know where she belongs, where she belongs/She wants to go home, but nobody’s home…With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes/Broken inside”).

Lavigne wants her friend to search and deal with her problems properly. It’s upsetting Lavigne to see someone she once knew die slowly and in unbearable emotional pain. She encourages her friend to be strong (“Open your eyes and look outside/find the reasons why/
You’ve been rejected, and now you can’t find what you left behind/Be strong, be strong now.”).

Her friend bottles her emotions up and doesn’t talk about them. She doesn’t have dreams anymore. The depression is killing her. She’s dropped out of school and doesn’t believe in much of anything, including her God. She’s also has done some troubling things, which Lavinge doesn’t reveal. (“Her feelings she hides/Her dreams she can’t find/She’s losing her mind/She’s fallen behind…she’s losing her faith/she’s fallen from grace”).

Lavigne is sympathetic but distanced in her vocals. This is her best single since “I’m With You.” When she’s not a self-involved, self-righteous teenager in her music, Lavigne can display some maturity and humanity. It’s a side which she should be shown more often.

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