‘It’s Humberstone’s painfully relatable lyrics that make Scarlett so brilliant.’
Holly Humberstone’s latest single, Scarlett, cements her position as one of the UK’s most promising talents. Scarlett boasts a seriously cool guitar melody, memorable lyrics and an easy going beat that makes the catchy tune the perfect listen for the end of summer. Since the release of her debut track, Deep End, in January last year, Humberstone has gone from strength to strength with each song she releases, and Scarlett might just be her best yet.
The song was written in the wake of her best friend’s breakup with her no-good boyfriend. Scarlett, the friend in question, had confided in Humberstone throughout the duration of the painful breakup, and in turn, inspired the single.
Written from Scarlett’s perspective, the track details herself coming to terms with the end of a relationship and realising her worth. Humberstone explores the difficult theme of letting go and moving on through her songwriting, acknowledging just how painful it can be.
Despite Scarlett being written by a third-party, external to whom the situation actually relates to, the power of female friendship has allowed Humberstone to write an authentic and genuine song. It was the close bond Humberstone shares with Scarlett that meant she knew exactly what Scarlett had gone through.
Humberstone explains, “She vented to me for probably about a year and so I went through all the stages of a break up with her and watched as she slowly realised her worth and that he wasn’t worth her tears anymore.” This track feels as though you’re inside Scarlett’s head, feeling every feeling and knowing every thought. Humberstone is a brilliant lyricist.
In the second verse, Humberstone sings And you said, “Scarlett, I don’t need to be responsible for everything you’re feeling / Your emotional grim reaper, I feel bad for you / I can’t entertain these games, hate to rain on your parade / It’s just the way I’m feeling”. For anyone who has been broken up with, these lyrics will probably be somewhat familiar, a paraphrase of words from former lovers. It’s Humberstone’s painfully relatable lyrics that make Scarlett so brilliant.
Words: Ellie Croston