I'll Be Gentle

Album: The Architect (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Paloma Faith wrote this song with North London singer-songwriter Zak Abel who previously featured on Gorgon City's 2014 UK Top 20 hit "Unmissable."
  • The song finds Paloma Faith duetting with John Legend. She explained the collaboration to HMV.com:

    "I wrote that song with Zak Abel, who's this brilliant new artist, and when I played it to people they kept telling me it sounded like a John Legend song. I'd written with John for my previous album and so I sent it to him and asked if he'd be up for singing and he did."
  • One of the themes on The Architect is kindness, particularly on this song, which was inspired by the abuse directed at Paloma Faith on the Internet. She told The Sun: "I find it quite hurtful. I've had really awful things said to me on social media. Somebody once said I should be raped and skinned alive, I think because of something I'd said about Brexit."

    Faith added, "Is it predominantly directed at women? You don't see people going on the internet saying Boris Johnson has put on weight do you? These keyboard warriors. Imagine if it became socially acceptable in everyday life to speak like that."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationSong Writing

In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.

Martin PageSongwriter Interviews

With Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Julian LennonSongwriter Interviews

Julian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song SpoofsSong Writing

When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.