Youth

Album: Glorious (2011)
Charted: 12

Songfacts®:

  • Louisa Rose Allen is an English singer and songwriter who records under the name of Foxes. This was one of the first tunes that she penned and was originally released by independent label Neon Gold Records in 2011. "Don't tell me our youth is running out, it's only just begun" she sings over resplendent synths and industrial percussion. Foxes said: "It was the first song where I thought, 'OK, now I can see the vision, now I can see the album'."
  • The song only started getting airplay after Foxes guested on hit singles for Zedd and Rudimental, which gave her the necessary exposure.
  • This was used to soundtrack a TV commercial promoting the Unrivalled Collection of Designers at Debenhams department stores. Foxes can also be seen briefly in the ad.
  • Foxes told Digital Spy regarding the song's accompanying music video: "'Youth' is about having these jobs... being stuck in a job or a life where you're not living your dream. The video talks about that visually."

    "There's the fire coming up and then we go into this magical world," she added, "where we're like, 'F--k it, let's do what we want!'"
  • Foxes penned the song with help from producer Jonny 'Ghostwriter' Harris who also co-wrote Rudimental's chart-topper "Waiting All Night." The lyrics were inspired by the singer's young-at-heart, single-parent mum.
  • Foxes told Radio.com that she wrote the song to let others know that just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to give up your childhood dreams. "I definitely think I was brought up to have this idea that you can do what you love and you can kind of stay a big kid and have that imagination," she said. "You can do what you love."

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