Sam Smith Just Released His Saddest Song Yet

Don't listen to this if open weeping isn't your thing.

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Sam Smith, professional elicitor of feels, recently announced (opens in new tab) that he's taking an Adele-esque break to work on his sophomore album—and he's going out on the most depressing note ever. The 23-year-old singer premiered a new song called "Drowning Shadows" on Beats 1 Radio, which will be featured on a special edition of In the Lonely Hour, out November 6.

Smith says (opens in new tab) the tune is "insanely personal" to him and seems to recognize the impact it's having based on the below Instagram.


After premiering the tearjerker, the British singer-songwriter gave details to Zane Lowe. "I was in such a lonely sad place when I was writing this album that sometimes I'd have to choose," he said. "The lyric is 'Do I go home to nothing or stay out for more?' That was a genuine choice for me some nights. I used to go out by myself and drink and try and find love, or I'd just go home and chill. So that's what that song's about. That decision."

We've all been there, Sam Smith.

Listen to the emotional ballad here (opens in new tab).

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.