In The Dark

Album: single release (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first song that British-Persian singer Raphaella wrote and produced entirely on her own. She told the blog Urban Development how the track came together: "The writing process began acoustically on the piano, and for me I find writing an incredibly cathartic process as well as creative. I had just had an argument with someone close to me and was alone at home when I sat down at the piano to clear my head and improvised the chorus, then ran upstairs to my home studio to start recording it down and began layering down this really heavy drum rhythm. I was writing the lyrics late at night and for me, that's the time where the whole world is quiet and I can think the most clearly, freely and privately about everything and I began thinking that even though I'm losing sleep, it's the time I actually begin finding myself."
  • In the lyrics, Raphaella wishes she were a bird making circles in the sky. In a 2020 Songfacts interview, Raphaella explained she used a paraphrased quote from the Persian poet Rumi: "Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings."

    She added: "Persian poetry is more like spiritualism, so it permeates into my everyday life and how I see the world."

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