Part of the trouble is the material itself. There’s a really great lyric early on that should serve as the foundation of the song’s message: “When you’re young you can fly, but we trip on clouds ’cause we get too high. We grow up and then it’s gone. God only knows what we become.” The rest of the song should be about the a-ha! moment that informs that lyric, and there are moments that get there.
But the song is weighed down by a chorus and hook that suggests that our narrator is looking more for the company of a one night stand, not someone to help figure out the meaning of life and time and all of that. It’s kinda like someone dropped “Need You Now” down in the middle of “Someone Somewhere Tonight.”
To make it work, the singer would really have to sell it. Kimberly Perry doesn’t sell it, and the odd contours that usually make her sound so distinct and interesting are nowhere to be found. The bland production doesn’t help matters, either.
The Band Perry’s weirder experiments don’t always work, but they’re always interesting. “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” doesn’t work, but it’s not even interesting.
Written by Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson, and Chris Tompkins