By Shannon Carlin
Lewis’ latest album, produced in part by Ryan Adams, deals with loss, namely the passing of her estranged father and her band Rilo Kiley, which broke up after nearly 15 years together. These two caused her to start suffering from terrible insomnia that at one point kept her awake for five straight nights.
But the album isn’t sad, instead, it takes a look at all the trappings of adulthood, specifically being a lady without a baby.
In Radio.com’s interview with Lewis, she talked about the origin of that line on the Beck-produced track, “Just One of The Guys,” where the 38-year-old songstress shocks and awes with the line, “When I look at myself, all I can see/ I’m just another lady without a baby.”
“I just remember the moment where, I had just written it and [Gillian Welch and I] were playing the bridge, I think she was playing the drums, and we kind of looked at each other and she’s like, ‘Oh wow, you said it didn’t you. You went there,’” Lewis said, laughing. “Yeah, I did.
“I don’t write with a filter,” she added. “I’m not really writing in fear of what people will ask me later. You know, it’s just how I feel. I’m glad I said it.”
Listen to The Voyager, out July 29, via NPR.