Song: Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
Artist: The Offspring
Album: Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Release date: June 17, 2008
Why this song was chosen: This song was written about a girl named Kristy who went to school with Offspring’s guitarist, singer, and lyricist Dexter Holland. She was being sexually abused and everyone knew it, but no one did a thing about it. He looks back now and asks if she is doing okay – hence the title. I see the story of this song as a reminder for us all to speak up if we know something is wrong. Even if it’s uncomfortable.
What the artist has to say about the song: In 2009, Offspring frontman Dexter Holland spoke with John Benson of Vindy.com. When I wrote the song, I knew it was so different that the lyrics had to match, so I wrote it about a story about this girl I knew when I was much younger. I knew something was wrong but couldn’t quite put it together. It turned out she was being sexually abused, and while I had a sense of it, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it and never said anything about it. So this song is me looking back and saying, ‘I’m really sorry that that happened. And I wish I had done more.’ That’s a really different song for us. (Source: Vindy.com)
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