Album: Seasons of My Soul (2010)
Charted: 72
  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This is the second single from jazz-pop singer-songwriter Rumer's debut album, Seasons of My Soul. The song finds the singer interweaving her relationship with her mother into the tale of a girl seeking solace in Aretha Franklin: "mama, she'd notice but she's always cryin'/ I've got no one to confide in / Aretha, nobody but you."
  • Rumer was asked by the Nottingham Post to what extent her songs are autobiographical. She replied: "Oh, I think they all are. Sometimes fiction tells a story better than the truth. So a lot of them are stories, but they're stories that are embedded in the truth. 'Aretha,' for example, is a story, but there are loads of true elements in it. And I think it tells a lot of people's stories."
  • Rumer explained to Digital Spy why she chose to sing about Aretha Franklin: "She's the Queen of Soul! If you're going to write about somebody who embodies the spirit of music itself you go to the top of the list - and there she is! Her voice is probably the closest you get to God. There's an incredible amount of passion and heartbreak in her voice as she's lost a lot of family members. She's just got something in her voice that puts her at the top of the tree and there's no negotiation."
  • Rumer described the song as a "very American story" in an interview with Mojo magazine. She explained: "Americans want to be emotional, they want to go there. A song like that is saying. 'you can do it, believe in yourself.'"
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.