While stuck indefinitely on a runway recently in my tiny cramped coach seat, I escaped and transported myself out of dodge by simply playing this record over and over again. One track in particular I kept looking forward to was "Do The Right Thing," where Dear sings: "My heart, it weighs / About a ton in snakes. / I feel hollow as a grave / I have to dig everyday." The imagery is incredibly vivid and dark ("My flesh it burns / like a ton of flames / pouring down from the sun"), but the tone is one of an upbeat and comforting reassurance. Talking to Spin, Dear explained the meaning behind the track: "When I go into the studio to make music, I go into a headspace that can dive inward at times. This song is for the moments in life when nothing feels right, and regret surpasses optimism. In those moments, you simply have to trudge on, and do the right thing."
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Matthew Dear - "Do The Right Thing"