“I grew up with three sisters in a small house outside of Hartford, CT. My family went to church every week; I still have a lot of Catholic guilt in me, and although I came out at age 12, I stepped back into the closet as a teenager (for reasons also connected to that guilt). It wasn’t until the end of high school that I fully accepted who I was,” TOMI explains. “Then when I first moved to Brooklyn, I was playing with my band at least two times a week in dive bars all over the city while working Monday to Friday as ‘Pam the secretary’ at an investment bank in midtown. It was my personal hell. A year in, I took my first holiday, crashing on my friends’ couch in Los Angeles, and woke up in the middle of the night to him frantically running into the living room to see if I was still there. He’d dreamt that I was gone and all that was left on the couch was a note that said, ‘I’m sorry.’ He’d understood my secret: every morning I felt like running away. This song is an ode to overcoming the desire to leave it all behind and finally accept who you are.”
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