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Review of "Take Yourself Home" by Troye Sivan

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

On April 1, Troye Sivan released his new single Take Yourself Home, a song which he says is about “grappling with your place in the world”. The singer posted a tweet on March 22 stating that he was looking to give freelance artists the money they needed instead of using those funds to produce an expensive music video, driving home the significance of the song’s message. Even so, the music video is still aesthetically pleasing, consisting of a city view and a play by play of the meaningful lyrics.

The chorus features the lyrics, “If I'm gonna waste my time then it's time to go; take yourself home”, a line representing the crucial point in one’s journey of self reflection. This is a recurring theme throughout the song, describing the desire to return to a familiar place when feeling at a loss. In verse one, he expands on the idea, “Talk to me. There's nothing that can't be fixed with some honesty, and how it got this dark is just beyond to me”. Here, we see Troye open up about the difficulties he has faced. When you lie to yourself about who you are or what you want, it can be challenging to find a place where you belong. Things seem to become darker as you become blindsided by life without even realizing. Through these struggles, he was able to come to the conclusion that he needs to be truthful with himself in order to overcome them. Lastly, the most striking quote from this song comes from the final part of the bridge, “Well, it's all waiting for you, and boy, I know you're eager but it just might destroy you”. This line is a uniquely brilliant perspective on the process of entering adulthood. Troye is seemingly speaking to his younger self, referring to him as a boy. He has so much ahead of him to explore and experiment with, but despite his enthusiasm, he has yet to realize the hardship that comes with growing up and leaving his adolescence behind.

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