"Hey Darling" as written by and Corin Lisa Tucker Janet Lee Weiss....
You're not home, this is your phone, though, right?
Explanations are thin
But I feel it's time
You want to know where I've been for
Such a long time
Disappearing act
Right before your eyes

It seems to me the only thing
That comes from fame is mediocrity
How could you steal the thing I love
Then keep it from me, just out of touch?

Hey Darling
The situation was justified
There were some things I saw before
I realized
That I was meant to be
Infinitely by your side
Distractions always hit but
We're good this time

Sometimes the heat of the crowd
Feels a little too close
Sometimes the shout of the room
Makes me feel so alone

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"Hey Darling" as written by Corin Lisa Tucker Carrie Rachel Brownstein


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    My InterpretationThis song discusses of the distance the band experienced while they were on "hiatus." It's a mix of Corin and Carrie's perspectives. "Disappearing act" is straight out of Carrie's book, in this case referring to her panic attacks and sickness in their last tour before the hiatus. The last verse is also probably a partial explanation of the feelings that had brought on their hiatus.

    “It seems to me the only thing that comes from fame is mediocrity” is a reason they would consider not getting back together; they are concerned that having achieved comfort in their personal lives, they would fail to make good music if they tried. Ultimately, they conclude that they were “meant to be.”

    The puzzle is, “How could you steal the thing I love and keep it from me, just out of touch?” This might be referring to the fact that they all made music outside of the band; the music is what they love, but they feel that they weren't able to quite touch it in the same way. Or it could be the fact that they, in fact, remained friends, but didn't make music together for many years. Since it was Carrie’s breakdown that broke the band up, but Corin’s family life that solidified the break, it's not clear who stole what.

    It is also possible that Corin (or Janet?) is obliquely calling Portlandia mediocre, and Carrie’s response is that Corin stole the music from her and she is reaching for a substitute. That is a stretch.

    A shippy thought is that Carrie has flipped One More Hour on its head. “Meant to be” is Corin being close, but Carrie complains that she is still not quite within touch.

    Either way, clearly a love ballad.
    rosemariexon August 22, 2016   Link

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