Phoebe Bridgers’ raw vulnerability and poetic storytelling combine to form one of her most poignant and moving songs. With “scott street,” the singer explores themes of nostalgia and longing, and illustrates the complexities of human relationships.
The song begins with the narrator walking down Scott Street, a metaphor for memory lane. While she’s there, she runs into her ex-lover and engages in a conversation about their past. Bridgers sings of their relationship’s ending and the pain that followed, and the lingering feelings of regret and loss.
She asks how the other person’s sister is doing and they respond that she’s doing well, but they aren’t sure if she feels the same way because they haven’t seen each other for a while. This could be an indication that the narrator and their ex aren’t on good terms anymore.
In the second verse, she describes her current loneliness, saying that she has a hard time being single and isn’t sure how to cope with it. She goes on to say that she’s been drinking more and eating worse, expressing her struggle with self-care and addiction.
In the final verse, she begs for a continued connection with her former lover. They will keep in touch, even if their interactions are strained and different from their previous intimacy. The last line of the song, which reads, “Anyway, don’t be a stranger,” expresses her desire to maintain their bond, even though it’s likely to take on a more formal and distant tone than they have in the past.