Norah Jones takes inspiration from poetry on her latest song ‘Were You Watching?’ from her upcoming seventh studio album Pick Me Up Off the Floor, which is due out on 12 June via Blue Note Records. You can check it out below.
Jones’ new track is a collaboration with bassist Christopher Thomas, drummer Brian Blade and violinist Mazz Swift, who also sings background vocals along with Ruby Amanfu and Sam Ashworth. Jones co-wrote the song with poet Emily Fiskio, who helped inspire Jones to write her own non-musical poetry for the first time.
“Were you watching/When I dropped the seeds from the window?/Were you watching/When I built walls from paper and glue?” Jones asks throughout the song. “Were you watching/When the flowers bloomed in the springtime?/Were you watching/Darling, where were you?”
Pick Me Up Off the Floor also features Jones’ collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, ‘I’m Alive,’ as well as prior singles ‘Tryin’ to Keep It Together’ (featured as a bonus track) and ‘How I Weep.’
“Some of the songs that are personal also apply to the larger issues we’re all facing,” Jones has said of the album. “And some of the songs that are about very specific larger things also feel quite personal.”
In a recent press statement, Jones also detailed the inspiration and creative process behind the new record, which sprung from a productive session with her regular drummer Brian Blade.
“Living in this country — this world — the last few years, I think there’s an underlying sense of, ‘Lift me up. Let’s get up out of this mess and try to figure some things out,’” she said. “If there’s a darkness to this album, it’s not meant to be an impending sense of doom, if feels more like a human longing for connection. Some of the songs that are personal also apply to the larger issues we’re all facing. And some of the songs that are about very specific larger things also feel quite personal.”