Scared To Live

Album: After Hours (2020)
Charted: 24

Songfacts®:

  • During this emotive synth-pop ballad, The Weeknd addresses his lover, urging her to dump him. Though he still loves her, the singer realizes he messed up their relationship by cheating on her. The Weeknd's partner is hanging on, as she is afraid to take a risk and move on with her life. However, because this has affected her emotional health, he wants her to start fresh without him.
  • Oneohtrix Point Never produced the track. The Brooklyn-based American musician composed the scores for the Weeknd-featuring film Uncut Gems. He has also worked with Anohni and FKA Twigs.
  • The Weeknd premiered the song on March 8, 2020 during his musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
  • Elton John and Benie Taupin get a songwriting credit because "Scared To Live" interpolates a line from Elton's 1970 hit tune "Your Song."

    I hope you know that, I hope you know that

    He told Apple Music's Zane Lowe he was "blown away" to be part of The Weeknd's song.
  • The Weeknd's interpolation of "Your Song" was unintentional; he didn't realize he'd done it until he'd made "Scared To Live."

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