Griff Clawson’s Dynamic “Haircut” Is a Song of Heartache & Emotional Split Ends

Griff Clawson © 2022
Griff Clawson © 2022
An intimate outpouring of raw heartache and reeling, Griff Clawson’s “Haircut” is a hard-hitting emotional indie pop upheaval ready to dazzle and disarm us.
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There’s no pain like the pain of little memories with a lost love: Those special moments, some tied to places and others to keepsakes, that can’t help but come back to you in visceral waves of emotion and nostalgia. It can be as ordinary an activity as browsing the rows at your favorite bookstore, or going to the barbershop – you never know when it will hit you, but when it does, the feelings hit hard and fast. The same can be said of Griff Clawson’s new single: An intimate outpouring of raw heartache and reeling,  “Haircut” is an emotional indie pop upheaval ready to dazzle and disarm, immerse and inspire.

Haircut - Griff Clawson
Haircut – Griff Clawson
You like my hair short
Now every time I get a haircut
I think about the LA airport
Droppin’ you off it messed my mind up
And oh, I’m a fool for your lovin
And oh, what’s the use in runnin?
If I still see green lights with my eyes closed
(Are you on your own, are you on your own?)
And you still swear you’re good at letting go
(Are ya really tho, are ya really tho?)
Oh, can you tell me something?
Oh was it all for nothing?

Breakup songs are fun, but emotionally turbulent reveries are irresistible. Released February 25, 2022, “Haircut” is a clean and crisp stadium-sized eruption. Griff Clawson’s first single of the year finds the Los Angeles based artist taking a hard look in the metaphorical and literal mirrors as the past haunts his present. He manifests his grief through a cool, cinematic pop production and an up-close and personal vocal performance that aches in all the right ways.

You like my old songs
Even when you got the words wrong
Are you an actress?
Were all those nights some kind of practice
And oh, I’m a fool for your lovin
And oh, w
hat’s the use in runnin’?
Griff Clawson getting a haircut
Griff Clawson getting a haircut



“’Haircut’ is a pivotal song for me,” Clawson tells Atwood Magazine. “‘Haircut’ is a song for everyone that’s ever had something specific remind them of someone else. The lyrics are dead honest and every time I get a haircut I’m reminded of someone I used to have a relationship with – hence why I procrastinated getting a haircut for over a year during the pandemic!” he laughs.

“‘Haircut’ is about not knowing how and when to let go of something when your story with somebody feels unfinished. This was also the first time a song poured out of me and came together without the guidance of any co-writers or producers, and I take pride in the experience of being able to talk this story and feeling out of myself.”

If I still see green lights with my eyes closed
(Are you on your own, are you on your own)

Oh can you tell me something
Oh, was it all for nothing?
Griff Clawson © 2022
Griff Clawson © 2022



“Haircut” longs for reconnection, but also some kind of catharsis and closure – especially if there’s no hope for saving their relationship. The music’s strong, polished backbeat creates a constantly forward-pushing momentum, and Clawson’s emotional, layered voice makes it feel like we’re all alone in the room with just him and his feelings. “Can you tell me something… was it all for nothing?” he asks in the chorus. It’s a legitimate question to ask of your ex, and yet here, it feels like Clawson is singing straight into the void.

Unfinished though his story may be, “Haircut” is the full package – and likewise, it’s sure to leave listeners refreshed and renewed. His heart may be on the mend, but the future looks bright for Griff Clawson.

But if I can’t stop loving you
Can’t stop waiting for

Can’t stop wastin’ my time
I wanna hold you a little bit Can’t stop missin’ it
Can’t stop havin these nights
Oh so can you tell me something
Oh was it all for nothing

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