Florence Welch opens the High As Hope album with "June," wherein she reflects on the loneliness of fame and her coping mechanisms.
The show was ending and I had started to crack Woke up in Chicago and the sky turned black
Said Florence Welch to Q magazine: "I started making High As Hope without telling anyone, just me and my engineer, at that small studio, 123 studios in Peckham. I would go in there and just mess around on the piano. And the first song that I wrote was June, which was about that last June in America that I was touring."
She added that the album was about looking at love in a different way: "I did think of love as a sort of emptiness. That I had learned that love was a feeling of abandonment."
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.