Sam Smith unveils ‘saddest song’ he’s written ‘Drowning Shadows’ – listen

Track features on deluxe edition of his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sam Smith has released a new track that he has labelled the “saddest song I’ve ever written” and “probably the least radio-friendly song I’ve ever written”.

‘Drowning Shadows’ features on the deluxe edition of his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’, which will be released on November 6.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Smith revealed that the song predates his early hits like ‘Stay With Me’ but has been re-recorded for the re-release.

“I always loved it, but something didn’t happen right with the production when we were going through different versions of it,” he said. “Something didn’t work. I thought of it recently when we were thinking about the repackage, and we went in and just did it with piano.”

Smith also said the track was inspired by literal and metaphorical crossroads which he encountered when getting a taxi back from the recording studio: “One road would lead to gay clubs I used to go out to, and the other road would go home. I was in such a lonely, sad place when I was writing this album that sometimes, I’d literally have to choose. The lyric is, ‘Do I go home for nothing or stay out for more?'”

Listen to ‘Drowning Shadows’ below.

Hear Sam Smith’s interview with Zane Lowe.

Sam Smith spoke to NME about his reputation for being “depressing” in our recent interview. He said: “I’ve had an amazing life, but I think I was born with a little bit of sadness in me,. I’ve always been attracted to those things, whether it’s sad movies, sad music… when you’re sad, you feel everything in a greater way than you do when you’re happy.”