Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?

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"Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Released November 25, 2008 (rock radio)
February 10, 2009 (mainstream radio)
Recorded November 2006–April 2008 in Maui, Hawaii and Orange County, California
Length 3:42
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Bob Rock
The Offspring singles chronology
"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
"Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"

"Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring. The song features as the seventh track on the band's eighth studio album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) and was released as the third single from the album. The song impacted radio on November 25, 2008.[1]


The song was written about a girl that singer Dexter Holland knew as a child.[2][3] She was sexually abused,[3][4][5][6] and everybody in the neighborhood (including Dexter himself) knew about it, but nobody did anything about it. Holland wrote the song as an apology to the girl.

Music video[edit]

A music video was made with director Lex Halaby.[7] It premiered on February 2, 2009 on

The video depicts a teenage girl (Natalie Dreyfuss) who writes continuously in her diary about being abused. A boy in the class (a younger Dexter, played by Trevor Morgan) notices her, and suspects that something is wrong. However, he does nothing, and she is left alone. At the end of the video, after exchanging glances, Kristy leaves her diary on the school grandstand for Dexter. The pages of the diary appear in the interspersed scenes of Dexter playing an acoustic guitar.


Chart (2008) Peak
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 38
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 39
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 7
US Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)[11] 33


  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. November 18, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Aidan Williamson (June 17, 2008). "The Offspring: Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace". Strangeglue. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b John Benson (June 19, 2009). "Offspring comes to Cleveland". The Vindicator. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Offspring Release New Video". Ultimate Guitar Archive. February 4, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Cameron Adams (June 19, 2008). "The Offspring try something different on their new album". Herald Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Dan Reilly (February 2, 2009). "The Offspring, 'Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?' – Video Premiere". Spinner. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Offspring - Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?". MTV. February 5, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for The Offspring.
  9. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for The Offspring.
  10. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Offspring.
  11. ^ Kristy, Are You Doing Okay? Retrieved February 10, 2015.

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