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Album: From The Roots Up (2012)
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  • This piano elegy was inspired by the death of an old friend in prison. "He was in a bad crowd, but he was like a big brother; he always looked after me," Delilah told The Independent. "I remember I was in New York, working. It was 3am and I was in the studio and I got a call from a friend of his saying he'd been in a fight and probably wasn't going to make it. It was going to be his 21st birthday a few weeks later, and that set me off – I had a beat left over from [our recording session] and I just started singing over the top of it. It was all done in a few minutes – it was the fastest song I've ever written."

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