Emily

Album: It'll All Make Sense in the End (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is an emotional ballad dedicated to the daughter James Arthur might have one day. He sings the heartfelt lyrics directly to the imaginary Emily, picturing how she will inspire his songs and make him a "better man."
  • During the first verse, Arthur hopes his well-publicized dark past won't hinder their relationship.

    And if you ever read the things they wrote
    I hope that you can let them go
    I was living in a different world
    Before I had my little girl


    After winning the UK version of X Factor in 2012, James Arthur struggled to adjust to his new fame. He struggled with drugs, anxiety, and depression, and made several contentious remarks on social media.
  • Arthur released "Emily" on September 24, 2021 as the fourth single from his fourth album, It'll All Make Sense In The End.
  • James Arthur wrote the song with the production duo Red Triangle and singer-songwriter James "Yami" Bell. The same quartet penned It'll All Make Sense in the End's lead single, "Medicine."
  • Arthur said the song arose from conversations about having children. "Would I even be a good dad? What if they read about all the s--t I've been through? It doesn't matter because ultimately I'm the guy who's going to be there for you all your life."

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