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"It hurts, even today. It can happen to you too": Amir Atias from Doll House returns to the hit "Don't worry" | Israel today


He wrote a song about hope for love at a moment of low energy and performing it on stage he felt he had to add another stanza, because he still had more to say. The charts in 2007 • "It excites me to see tattoos on people with the lyrics of the song" • "Songs behind the scenes" - the stories behind the hits

"Don't Worry" is the first single from the Dollhouse's second album, "Shoub Ha-Mishen", which was released in 2007.

A song that invites the listener to embrace himself and assures him that a ship is waiting for him on the horizon, where he will also have a flower.

The words unfold a story about long-standing loneliness and hope and waiting for love.

The single was played for the first time in front of an audience in a concert version, during which another verse was added to the song.

When the official studio version of the song was released, "Don't Worry" was warmly embraced by the audience and topped the charts.

Amir Atias, one half of the "Doll's House" couple, sheds light on the story behind the hit he wrote and composed. 

What is the story of the song?

"The song was written about a period of searching for love, about days when you just want to give up and sink into reverse, after another failed date. And on the other hand, about this little engine that gets up, shakes off the dust and continues, because there must be something good in the future, for me too. Indeed, So it happened and I also received a flower and there was a ship on my horizon. It can happen to you too, it's just a matter of listening time. Order it and wait open. Don't worry!

The dollhouse - don't worry

"In addition, there is an extra stanza to the song. A stanza written while on tour. I just felt that there was something more to say. In terms of structure, the song had one stanza and a repeating chorus. He was homeless. So at night after I came home from one of the shows, I wrote the second stanza. I I am particularly proud of the sentence: 'Be careful not to fall into the pit of yesterday'. A sentence with a double meaning and the message is so true to me in both meanings that it hurts, even today."

How was the song born?

"We did the song 'Don't Worry', like the whole album 'Shove Ha-Smile' (together with Itay Schiff from the Doll House; ShLM) while on a very intense concert tour.

Most of the week we got to meet and play together, whether it's in rehearsals, performances or recordings.

So we were very intentional.

It was a kind of peak in the lives of all of us and we just flew on it and enjoyed every moment."

A song born in concert.

Atias, photo: Peleg Itach

What was the inspiration?

"The decision was to try and work on the songs as a band. The song was brought to the band in its most basic form and it was fascinating to create the arrangement and the musical production by playing non-stop in rehearsal rooms for about a year, until we found the right place for each and every song. Since then we have not had the opportunity to make another album in this way , so that it will forever be an album with a special place in my heart."


"The song begins in a magical atmosphere with a flurry of flutes and a lot of Scottish spaces. Consciously or not, in those years, 2007-2008, we were influenced by British pop-rock bands that conquered the world at the time, such as Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay. This is our rockiest album with a lot of distorted guitars and huge drums All we were interested in was doing what we like to hear."

Live or studio?

"I really like working in the studio. This is our time to fly with the ideas, try new compositions and never set limits. But once the song is ready and created for the world air, I will probably never hear it again on my own initiative. It has to do with the thousands of times I heard it during the stages of working on it. So the real life of the song is on the stage and almost always there will be no performance that resembles a performance from a previous show. And that's the fun. Each hall has its own energy and it greatly affects the playing. Once the band and the audience are moving in the same rhythm with the same energy, the magic happens.

Amir Atias in concert, photo: Jordan Jordi Levy

"In Hangar 11, with a puzzling decision of a moment, we decided to try the song for the first time on stage in front of 4,000 people when the song had not yet come out. So no one in the audience knew. And without thinking too much, we stopped in the middle of the performance which was at its peak and taught the audience the words of the chorus: 'Don't worry/You'll get a flower too/There's a ship on your horizon too.'We sang it on loop with the crowd, and it flowed so much that it was and remains one of the greatest performances of the song.

The Dollhouse - Don't Worry (Live) Performance at Papaito Bar

GLC recorded and broadcast the performance live, so luckily we have a record.

Usually the first performance of a song on stage is a disaster.

On stage in the hangar we all knew immediately that we had a winning song.

To this day it is one of the songs that the audience likes to sing the most and wants to hear."

How did the song enter the mind?

"We were so excited by the response to the song performed in the hangar, that we decided that 'Don't worry' would be the first single from the album. Shortly after that performance, the song was released on the radio and was received with love, and to our surprise it reached first place in all the charts and in a relatively short time. The whole theory of the 'failure of the second album' collapsed And that's a good thing. Other songs came out of that album that were very successful, such as 'Shoub Ha-Shimen' and 'Until You Came.'

Amir Atias, photo: Uzi Fox

What responses did you get?

"'Don't worry' is one of our most successful songs. There are many stories when it comes to the meeting between a song and the audience, but it always surprises me anew when people tattoo words from the song on their bodies. 'Don't worry' is such a song."

Dollhouse - don't worry

Lyrics and music: Amir Atias

These days, the first solo album of Amir Atias called "Behind the Feathers" was released.

On the occasion of the release of the album, Atias will perform on 25.2 at the "Cow" pub in Shavei Zion and on 27.3 at "Romer", Herzliya.

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Source: israelhayom

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