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What's It Like

by Big Little Lions

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The award-winning folk-pop duo Big Little Lions reflect over love, anxiety and the veil of humour.

"What's It Like" was originally released as a Helen Austin solo song. The accompanying artwork is similarly a revised edition: it's a digital reworking of the Shawna Caspi art piece that Helen used as the cover art for the solo version of this same song.


Lyrics for "What's It Like" by Big Little Lions:

Just another day like any other
Watching the love pour down on the page
All the photographs they tell the same story
I guess I don't feel the same

I used to dream that I was meant to be somewhere else
Couldn't wait to get out the door
To a place where laughter wasn't swallowed by anxiety
On a broken stage on which to perform

What's it like
A love like that
What's it like
To love like that

How would it feel to want to call you up and tell you everything
Like I know other people do
And would I be any different if I hadn't felt like I was boring you

What's it like
A love like that
What's it like
To love like that

'Cause I know what it's like to feel less than nothing
And I know what it's like to shut down
I know all to well how to crawl into my shell
And wait for you to not be around

So it's another day like any other
And I'll throw my pity party again
When will I look at all the photographs
And forgive them

What's it like
A love like that
What's it like
To love like that
What's it like
What's it like
What's it like
What's it like
What's it like


released April 21, 2022
Written by Helen Austin and Paul Otten, Fallen Tree Songs (SOCAN).
All instruments: Big Little Lions - Helen Austin and Paul Otten
Mixed and Mastered by Paul Otten



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Big Little Lions Royston, British Columbia

Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten.

“The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other.” - ... more

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