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This is a song about the importance of empathy, compassion and being true to yourself in a world that is often divided and hostile. "'Sympathy' doesn't have a complex message, and, in itself, encourages simplicity and directness," said Declan McKenna. "It feels like a dream about love and compassion, it wants us to let go of inhibitions and allow ourselves to truly connect with others rather than overthinking and hiding your feelings away. Or put even simpler, it's about peace and love."

If you don't speak your thoughts aloud You just feel them forever This is McKenna's favorite line in the song, as it sums up its meaning. "The song is about letting go of your inhibitions and not just being true to yourself, but being true to people around you," he told Radio X's Dan O'Connell. "I think it's just one of these things you learn," McKenna added. "I can be a bit bashful sometimes and I always look back on those moments where you don't say what needs and you just regret it and 'Sympathy' is about looking out for each other and just being honest and true to yourself in a relaxed way."

Declan McKenna co-wrote "Sympathy" in Los Angeles with Arlo Parks' producer Gianluca Buccellati. "I was in LA when I wrote this and this is like, this was simply such a bright sunny tune," McKenna told BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders. "Because it's kind of the first thing that I worked on with Gianluca who I produced a bunch of music with. And it was the first thing pretty much that I wrote when I got there and like, there's like a really dark underbelly to LA, and it's kind of a weird place, but initially I was like it's January, it is terrible back home. It's really lovely here, I'm having a great time and kind of sympathy just came out of that."

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