Earlier this week, we learned that Sara Bareilles would release an EP entitled What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress. It follows Sara’s 2015 album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which featured songs she wrote for the hugely popular musical, Waitress. The new EP, out today, features 6 songs that didn’t make it into the musical, plus the show-stopping ballad, “She Used To Be Mine.”
What’s Not Inside: Track by Track
“Happy Enough” – What’s Not Inside starts with a rather bleak take on the importance of happiness. Over winding piano, Sara sings as Cal (the boss at the Joe’s Diner), opining that we should just be satisfied with whatever life throws our way. Here, the declaration is, “We can’t have it all. Might as well take what’s coming your way. Sit and say ‘I’m happy enough.’”
“Door Number Three” – Up next is the demo version of “Door Number Three”. Although it appeared on What’s Inside, it did not make it into the musical. But as with Sara’s first Waitress album, it’s still a highlight here. Over light, hopping piano, Sara rejects the path she chose in life, instead wanting to try out a third option. It may be uncharted (ahem) territory, but she’s ready to forge ahead.
“Knocked Up You” – Probably the best song on here is “Knocked Up You,” narrating how Jenna finds out she’s pregnant. The song plays like a “knock, knock” joke, but in spite of the tango-meets-circus sound of it, the lyrics are kind of terrifying. Sara does a great job of describing the horrors of pregnancy. She ensures that any listeners will never want to have kids of their own! This fun song deserved a spot in the musical.
“Without A Believer” – Taking it down a notch, “Without A Believer” comes from the perspective of a man looking back on his childhood. The lyrics describe how, when he was a boy, a teacher taught him to dream big and pursue his passions. This sweet tune encourages you to seek out people who believe in you and will support you in following your dreams.
“I Can’t Wait” – Following from the themes of “Knocked Up You,” we get Jenna’s version of excitement at her coming baby. But while this would normally be a gentle song of motherhood, it actually sounds spooky with its dissonant chords. The song grows into a fun, chaotic track that’s impossible to turn off.
“Falling In Love Pie” – “Falling In Love Pie” starts with the “sugar, butter, flour” refrain first heard in “What’s Inside” (both on Sara’s first Waitress album and in the musical itself). It moves against simple acoustic guitar, developing a gentle love ballad.
“She Used To Be Mine” – What’s Not Inside ends with the demo version of “She Used To Be Mine,” the most notable song from Waitress. Here, it’s even more intimate and raw than the album version we first heard. Although it was actually in the musical, it’s a perfect way to end this collection.
Listen to all of What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress below:
Amidst The Chaos & Little Voice
Waitress has been a huge part of Sara Bareilles’s life lately, but she’s kept busy elsewhere, too! Earlier this year, Sara made her big comeback to (pop) music with the release of her album, Amidst The Chaos. It launched the singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” Though, truth be told, some of our favorite songs weren’t even singles. Check out our track-by-track review of the stellar album and be sure to listen to it once you’ve overdone listening to the new EP.
Ever busy, that’s not all Sara’s been working on. She’s also currently developing a TV series called Little Voice. Yes, it’s named after her debut album and the title track that wasn’t on it. Sara performed her song “Little Voice” a few months ago. We’re hoping it’ll get a proper release in conjunction with the forthcoming show.
Enjoy the new What’s Not Inside EP, and get ready for more from Sara in the coming months! As always, keep checking back here for all the latest music news.