Put That Away and Talk to Me

Album: The Colour In Anything (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds a despairing James Blake singing of hitting a wall and resorting to drugs while writing his third studio album.

    I'm in a waiting after every inhalation
    They're keeping me full today
    Where is my beautiful life?


    In January 2015, midway through writing The Colour In Anything, James Blake hit a creative block. Every night he went to sleep below his home studio in south London, worrying about the record. To relieve the pressure, he smoked too much weed. "I hit a real low," Blake told The Guardian. "I started feeling like I was banging against the wall. It's a miracle that my current girlfriend walked in at that point."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kip WingerSongwriter Interviews

The Winger frontman reveals the Led Zeppelin song he cribbed for "Seventeen," and explains how his passion for orchestra music informs his songwriting.

James Williamson of Iggy & the StoogesSongwriter Interviews

The Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.

Andy McClusky of OMDSongwriter Interviews

Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.

Chris TomlinSongwriter Interviews

The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.