Pretty Shining People

Album: Staying at Tamara's (2018)
Charted: 25
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  • Twenty-seven years after R.E.M. recorded a song about Shiny Happy People, George Ezra laid down this track about Pretty Shining People.

    Me and Sam in the car, talking 'bout America
    Heading to the wishing well, we've reached our last resort

    The tune was penned by Ezra on Scotland's Isle of Skye after a taxi driver started talking about America.
  • Ezra talks about feeling alone in a changing, turbulent world before switching to a more positive lyrical content on the chorus.

    Hey pretty smiling people, we're alright together
    We're alright together

    According to Ezra, the lyrics of the track are "all about us being better together. The world is a better place when we love each other."
  • Want another song where the singer has a conversation with a cab driver? Check out Frank Ocean's Channel Orange cut "Bad Religion."
  • The song's production was handled solely by regular George Ezra collaborator Cam Blackwood. The Scottish producer and musician had worked with Ezra on many of his previous hit singles including "Budapest," "Paradise" and "Shotgun."


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