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‘No Caller ID’ by Megan Moroney - Lyrics & Meaning

January 19, 2024 5:42 pm GMT

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Megan Moroney - ‘No Caller ID’

Label: Columbia Nashville/Columbia Records

Release Date: January 19th 2024

Album: TBC

Producer: Kristian Bush

Songwriters: Megan Moroney, Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jessie Jo Dillon

The Background:

In many ways, Megan Moroney's ‘No Caller ID’ serves as the paragon of how to roll out a new single. Megan teased the track a couple of times on TikTok, after which the conversational ballad quickly went viral, and then followed this up by inserting it straight into her setlist.

As a result, by the time the Georgia prodigy announced the single's official release in mid-January, the sense of anticipation was already soaring through the roof.

The fact that Megan decided to release ‘No Caller ID’ while her current Country Radio single, ‘I'm Not Pretty’, is still climbing the charts, is a testament to the fan-led demand for the new song.

‘No Caller ID’ reunites Megan Moroney with the producer that helmed her widely acclaimed Lucky record, Kristian Bush, which ensures the track retains the enchantingly hazy, stripped-back feel that colours songs such as ‘Georgia Girl’ and ’Mustang Or Me’.

The Sound:

Co-written by Megan alongside Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jessie Jo Dillon, ‘No Caller ID’ pivots around the poignant juxtaposition between the sweet, intricate instrumentation and the incisive, melancholic edge of the lyricism. The innocence of the gentle, easygoing acoustic guitar and the yearning steel jar evocatively with the comparatively dark narrative that Megan regales the listener with.

As the artwork highlights, the story at the heart of ‘No Caller ID‘ takes place in the early hours, and the misty, mellow ambience of the composition cushions Megan Moroney's signature laidback vocals, creating the feel of a bleary-eyed confessional.

Nonetheless, when Megan launches into the rousing crescendo of ‘No Caller ID’, where she offers her final rebuke to her ex, the euphonic blend of the drums, steel and guitar takes on a robustness which mirrors Megan's newfound self-assurance.

The Meaning:

“I'm two months deep in therapy
Been finally getting sleep
My friends quit checking up on me
'Cause I'm back on my feet
I'm doing more than getting by
Been seeing a stand-up guy
It's the middle of the night
And my phone starts ringing and”

The curtains open on the protagonist that ended Lucky on the high-note of ‘Sad Songs For Sad People’, having gotten over the toxic ex and moved on to a new, healthy relationship.

However, just as Megan details how she's been making progress in therapy and her friends no longer feel the need to check how she's doing, the troublesome ex from Lucky attempts to rekindle the flame and exploit the insecurities expressed in ‘Girl in the Mirror’.

“Here you come again, and there you go
No coincidence, you always know
When I'm moving on, you move back in
With a half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"
Why do you do it? Do you just hate losing?
Here you come again, who could it be
It's 3am, no caller ID”

Megan Moroney explains how her ex's timing is far from coincidental, as she accuses him of only trying to wheedle his way back into her life because he can see she's happy without him.

Megan asks the rhetorical questions, “Why do you do it? Do you just hate losing?”, underlining how her old flame only ever saw their relationship as a game. He's subsequently trying to ‘win’ the break-up by sending her back down the rabbit-hole of their past.

The fact that he's ringing at 3am suggests he's drunk, again helping to build up our image of this rather unpleasant character at the other end of Megan Moroney's line.

Although she never explicitly says it - another example of the clever subtleties that pervade her songs - Megan hints to the listener that she's previously had to block her ex, presumably due to his confusing and unwanted late-night phone calls.

Having said this, an alternative interpretation is that the ex has dialled ‘*67’, which prevents his number from being visible to her. Megan referenced this on the day before ‘No Caller ID’'s release, sharing a video captioned, “Tomorrow is national *67 day”.

“I don't need to see your name
Who else would drunk-call me this late?
Surprise, surprise, you haven't changed
I'm sure, you're sure I'll pick up
And I shouldn't want to, but I do
You know me too well, damn you
Why do I want to? I shouldn't want to”

Even though Megan Moroney takes a hardline approach in the hook, through the intricacy we've come to expect from the ‘Tennessee Orange’ chart-topper's songwriting, she reveals her ex has nonetheless managed to make her doubt herself once again. Megan tussles with the burgeoning temptation to pick up the call (“You know me too well, damn you / Why do I want to? I shouldn't want to?”).

“Don't you get tired of hurting me?
I'm tired of hurting me
I'm tired of hurting me
So I let it ring, I let it ring”

Thankfully, as the song reaches its climax, Megan Moroney highlights that she's held onto the painful lessons from her 2023 self-love anthem, ‘Girl in the Mirror’, and she determines to ignore her ex once and for all. The moving transition from “Don't you get tired of hurting me?” to “I'm tired of hurting me” showcases how Megan is shifting the control of the situation away from her ex. She implies that he no longer has the ability to hurt her - because she's not going to allow him to.

“Here you come again, and there you go
No coincidence, you always know
When I'm moving on, you move back in
Keep your half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"
I know why you do it, you just hate losing
Here you come again, who could it be?
It's just you, no caller ID”

The final instance of the chorus switches out the line, “With a half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"” for the comparatively commanding rebuttal, “Keep your half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"”

By the end of the hook, Megan Moroney dismisses her ex with a simple but definitive, “It's just you, no caller ID”. Instead of the hesitancy and uncertainty conveyed by the earlier version of the line, “It's 3am, no caller ID”, the fact that her former partner is listed under “no caller ID” now reinforces how he no longer means anything to her - she triumphantly strips him of his identity, and indeed his power.

What has Megan Moroney said about ‘No Caller ID’?

Ahead of the single's release, Megan Moroney shared how transformative ‘No Caller ID’ has been both for her and her loyal army of listeners, “I played this song on The Lucky Tour last fall, and I could tell my fans wanted me to release it. It feels like this song has helped my fans as much as it has helped me. By the end, there is a lot of strength and growth that I’m proud of. I am really excited for this one!”

For the full lyrics to Megan Moroney's ‘No Caller ID’, see below:

“I'm two months deep in therapy
Been finally getting sleep
My friends quit checking up on me
'Cause I'm back on my feet
I'm doing more than getting by
Been seeing a stand-up guy
It's the middle of the night
And my phone starts ringing and

Here you come again, and there you go
No coincidence, you always know
When I'm moving on, you move back in
With a half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"
Why do you do it? Do you just hate losing?
Here you come again, who could it be
It's 3am, no caller ID

I don't need to see your name
Who else would drunk-call me this late?
Surprise, surprise, you haven't changed
I'm sure, you're sure I'll pick up
And I shouldn't want to, but I do
You know me too well, damn you
Why do I want to? I shouldn't want to

Well, here you come again, and there you go
No coincidence, you always know
When I'm moving on, you move back in
With a half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"
Why do you do it? Do you just hate losing?
Here you come again, who could it be?
It's 3am, no caller ID

Don't you get tired of hurting me?
I'm tired of hurting me
I'm tired of hurting me
So I let it ring, I let it ring

Here you come again, and there you go
No coincidence, you always know
When I'm moving on, you move back in
Keep your half-ass, "Sorry, how you been?"
I know why you do it, you just hate losing
Here you come again, who could it be?
It's just you, no caller ID

It's just you, no caller ID
It's just you, no caller ID”

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