Fine on the Outside

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"Fine on the Outside"
Single by Priscilla Ahn
from the album Just Know That I Love You and When Marnie Was There When Marnie Was There Soundtrack Music Collection
Released2 July 2014 (2014-07-02)[1]
FormatCD Single/Digital download
LabelYamaha Music Communications
Songwriter(s)Priscilla Ahn

Fine on the Outside is a single by American recording artist and musician Priscilla Ahn. It features the title song, "Fine on the Outside", the theme song of the 2014 Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There,[2] as well as "This Old House", the theme song of the When Marnie Was There x Yohei Taneda Exhibition that was held at the Edo-Tokyo Museum from 27 July 2014 to 15 September 2014.[3][4]


Priscilla Ahn, in common with the protagonist, saw herself as friendless and alone, and turned to music and other interests as a way to compensate. "...would literally sit on my bed and look out the window at night at the moon, and wonder if I was loved... if anyone would miss me if I was gone." This led her to writing "Fine on the Outside" in 2005, but she had never released it due to the lyrics being too personal, and because she didn't want to have to change the song in any way to make it fit in with her other albums. A big fan of Ghibli, she read the original novel When Marnie Was There after the announcement they were working on a movie adaptation, saw herself in Anna, and eventually decided to submit the song to Ghibli. The movie's producer Yoshiaki Nishimura contacted her soon afterwards saying how much he loved the song, and it was later officially chosen as the theme song.[5]



It was released in Japan as a CD single and a digital single on 2 July 2014.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fine on the Outside" – 4:12
  2. "This Old House" – 3:19
  3. "Fine on the Outside (Original Karaoke)" – 4:12


  1. ^ "SQE Releases". SQE. 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  2. ^ " Fine On The Outside "When Marnie Was There" Theme Song [Single, Maxi]" (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. ^ "YAMAHA MUSIC COMMUNICATIONS Co., LTD. | あなたのことが大すき。/プリシラ・アーン (Priscilla Ahn)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. ^ 思い出のマーニー×種田陽平展 (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Girl In A Tree: Fine On The Outside + Movie Release!!!". 18 July 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  6. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - プリシラ・アーン「Fine On The Outside - Single」" (in Japanese). iTunes. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.