When Maggie Rogers presented her song "Alaska
" to Pharrell Williams during a masterclass with students at NYU
, little did she realize her life was about to change. A video showing the visibly moved producer listening to the tune went viral and the young singer became famous overnight. This song finds Rogers singing about the weight of that moment and her anxiety in the face of her sudden rise to fame.Would you believe me now
If I told you I got caught up in a wave?
Almost gave it away
Would you hear me out
If I told you I was terrified for days?
Thought I was gonna break
Rogers explained the background to the track in an Instagram post. "This is a song about gratitude. it's the most vulnerable I've ever felt in a song. It's about how overwhelmed and scared I was during all that change, but mostly about all the light you gave me when I couldn't always find it for myself."