Phoebe Bridgers wants to 'plagiarize' the saddest song from Bo Burnham's new special, and we fully support this

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Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers (left) and musical-comedian Bo Burnham (right).
Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers (left) and musical-comedian Bo Burnham (right). Getty Images and Netflix

Grammy-nominated artist Phoebe Bridgers is a big fan of Bo Burnham's new special, "Inside." On Wednesday evening, the singer posted a screenshot of herself listening to a song from the new musical-comedy on Spotify, and said she wanted to copy it.

"Every bone in my body wants to plagiarize this," Bridgers wrote, referring to "That Funny Feeling."

The song is an acoustic ballad, and uses plenty of proper nouns - just like many of Bridgers' signature songs from her first two albums. "That Funny Feeling" is about a vague sense of discomfort and mental disorder symptoms like "derealization."

A screenshot of Phoebe Bridgers' Instagram story showing her listening to a Bo Burnham song called "That Funny Feeling."
The story post from Phoebe Bridgers' Instagram page on Wednesday evening. Phoebe Bridgers/Instagram

Burnham's lyrics mostly comprise of a list of people, things, and events (like the "live-action Lion King" or "in honor of the revolution, it's half-off at the Gap") without much elaboration. But one line in the song has struck a chord with Burnham's at-home audience.

"Googling 'derealization,' hating what you find," he sings in the third verse.

If you look at Google's data for the number of people searching the word "derealization," there's a huge spike starting right around May 30 - the day "Inside" premiered on Netflix.

Now Bridgers has joined the cohort of fans who fell in love with Burnham's new special and this song in particular. Her style fits perfectly with it's beautiful-but-depressing vibes, and we think she should not only plagiarize it but also just straight up do a cover of "That Funny Feeling." It's what all of her Sad Girl Summer fans deserve.

You can listen to Burnham's "That Funny Feeling" here, and read Insider's ranking of every song from "Inside" here.

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