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It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

The 1975

It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Danny ran into some complications
He falls asleep during conversations
He's gotta search the street when he's on vacation
The worst thing is that I'm in the same situation

[Chorus]
And all I do is sit and think about you
If I knew what you'd do
Collapse my veins, wearing beautiful shoes

It's not living if it's not with you

[Verse 2]
And Danny says we're living in a simulation
But he works in a petrol station (Selling petrol)
He says it all began with his operation
And I know you think you're sly but you need some imagination

[Chorus]
And all I do is sit and think about you
If I knew what you'd do
Collapse my veins, wearing beautiful shoes
It's not living if it's not with you
All I do is sit and drink without you
If I choose then I lose
Distract my brain from the terrible news
It's not living if it's not with you

[Bridge]
I can't stop sweating or control my feet
Got a 20-stone monkey that I just can't beat
I can stage a situation, but I just can't eat
And there's a feeling, you're replacing embrace

[Chorus]
It's true that all I do is sit and think about you
If I knew what you'd do
Collapse my veins, wearing beautiful shoes
It's not living if it's not with you
All I do is sit and drink without you
If I choose then I lose
Distract my brain from the terrible news
It's not living if it's not with you

[Outro]
Oh, I'll try to get a job in a bank, I think
Danny spent the time trying to pack in the drinks for me
I feel sick and I know I that I'll lose but
It's not living if it's not with you
(It's not, it's not)
It's not living if it's not with you
(It's not, it's not)
(It's not, it's not)
It's not living if it's not with you
(It's not living if it's not with you)
(It's not, it's not)
(It's not, it's not)
(It's not, it's not)
(It's not living if it's not with you)

About “It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)”

“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” is from The 1975’s third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.
The song, though upbeat, depicts Matty Healy’s struggle with heroin addiction. This is similar to how “UGH!”, from The 1975’s second album, discussed Healy’s cocaine addiction.

Healy told Billboard that It’s Not Living was the “big heroin one”:

“I don’t have things that I want to write about that aren’t exactly what I feel day by day. The problem I have now is that this is my truth, and I feel like I can’t negotiate properly with the world if I can’t tell the truth.”

Healy spent a seven-week stay at a Barbados rehab centre in late 2017, and has been clean since.

On 21st June, 2018, Matty teased lyrics via Twitter.

The band also teased the single with a poster, as they have done for other singles off the third album.

“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” premiered on 18 October 2018 on BBC Radio 1 as Hottest Record in the World.

  • What has Matty Healy said about the song?

    Healy talked about the song with Annie Mac prior to its debut on BBC Radio 1:

"It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)" Track Info