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Anyone is a single by Demi Lovato.

Background & Release

Lovato recorded "Anyone" in Montana, after setting a studio camp to write songs for an album project. She said, "At the time when I was recording it, I almost listened back and heard these lyrics as a cry for help [...] I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was okay, but clearly I wasn't". Four days after the track had been recorded, on July 24, 2018, Lovato suffered an overdose and was hospitalized for two weeks. Afterwards, Lovato completed a three-month stay at a rehabilitation center in treatment for her substance abuse. While in the hospital, she recalls "hearing back the songs I had just recorded" and upon hearing "Anyone", thinking "If there's ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song". Lovato later explained in regard to her uncertainty on whether she would be able to return following the drug-related overdose, that "It was a general thought. We didn't know what was going to happen. We didn't know how healthy I would be when I left. It was a scary time in my life, for sure. Nevertheless, Lovato says when she crafted "Anyone", she put her "heart and soul" into the song."

Lovato first revealed the title of the track during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 on January 24, 2020, where she announced she would perform it at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

Lovato described the song in her interview with Zane Lowe as a "cry for help" after the release of her song "Sober", a song that had been written months prior and which had failed to result in meaningful change for Lovato in regard to her addiction and mental health: "I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help", she said. "You kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, 'Let’s help this girl'. I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was okay, but clearly I wasn't. And I even listened back to it and I'm like, 'Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself'". In regard to the opening lyrics of the song "I tried to talk to my piano / I tried to talk to my guitar", Lovato has interpreted the lyrics to convey the futility of music as a coping mechanism during the time when she was struggling, saying "There's only so much that music can do before you have to take responsibility and you have to take the initiative to get the help that you need". She also says that "I didn't spend a lot of time perfecting it, just because it isn't... if you were to hear anything, like doubles, or if it's over-produced, it would take away from the emotion of the song, so I wanted to keep it very raw." Further, Lovato confirmed that she did not vocally re-record any parts of the song following when the song was recorded in 2018, and instead kept the original vocal take, because she realized it was "magical capturing that vocal of that song shortly before everything had happened."

Lyrics

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I tried to talk to my piano
I tried to talk to my guitar
Talked to my imagination
Confided into alcohol
I tried and tried and tried some more
Told secrets 'til my voice was sore
Tired of empty conversation
'Cause no one hears me anymore

A hundred million stories
And a hundred million songs
I feel stupid when I sing
Nobody's listening to me
Nobody's listening
I talk to shooting stars
But they always get it wrong
I feel stupid when I pray
So, why am I praying anyway?
If nobody's listening

Anyone, please send me anyone
Lord, is there anyone?
I need someone, oh
Anyone, please send me anyone
Lord, is there anyone?
I need someone

I used to crave the world's attention
I think I cried too many times
I just need some more affection
Anything to get me by

A hundred million stories
And a hundred million songs
I feel stupid when I sing
Nobody's listening to me
Nobody's listening
I talk to shooting stars
But they always get it wrong
I feel stupid when I pray
Why the fuck am I praying anyway?
If nobody's listening

Anyone, please send me anyone
Lord, is there anyone?
I need someone, oh
Anyone, please send me anyone
Oh, Lord, is there anyone?
I need someone
Oh, anyone, I need anyone
Oh, anyone, I need someone

A hundred million stories
And a hundred million songs
I feel stupid when I sing
Nobody's listening to me
Nobody's listening

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