Shadows

Album: Where We Are (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This Ryan Tedder song was written by the OneRepublic frontman with AJ McLean for the latter's group, The Backstreet Boys. After it failed to make the Backstreet Boys' album, record executive and mentor Simon Cowell earmarked it for Leona Lewis but then decided it better suited Westlife.
  • Mark Feehily of Westlife commented on this song in publicity materials: "We actually heard this song - it was one of the first songs that got played to us from the record company. It's written by Ryan Tedder, he's from OneRepublic, he's done like 'Bleeding Love' for Leona Lewis, 'Halo' for Beyoncé - amongst a lot of other songs - 'Apologize', and he wrote it with AJ from the Backstreet Boys but we kind of went and took it, made it our own." He added: "I think this is one of the songs on the album you could be listening and go 'Wow is that Westlife, really?' you know, it's kind of quite American sound and I suppose vocally we sort of show a bit of versatility in it. You know, we kinda show a style or a sight of our voices that we haven't shown that much before. The production is a production you wouldn't have heard of us, you know, kind of effects on our voices, something we've wanted for a long time really. I think that we're very happy that this song is on the album, it's one of the songs that on first listen a lot of people like."

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  • John Warren from Rememberthe rainbow
    the rainbow
    just waking up i see a shadow of you
    the rainbow
    the rainbow
    i see a girl walk past her makeups for two
    the rainbow
    the rainbow
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