From ‘Dancing with a stranger’, to dancing with 10 back up dancers: When Sam Smith hinted on twitter that his ‘inner dancing queen’ would be coming out in his latest release, fans were left understandably excited. The result of their excitement? How Do You Sleep received 10 Million views in it’s first 24 hours of release and currently, the music video has been watched over 48 million times, with a further 37 million streams on Spotify!
The track itself is a breakup anthem; another pop song reminding it’s listeners to know not to return to a former love who treated them poorly and lied to them. As the Ex, you hope that feel how you felt and you begin to question how they are able to carry on with their life and that they should be feeling more and missing you more. Smith sings ‘How do you sleep when you lied to me? All that shame and all that danger. I’m hoping that my love will keep you up tonight.’
The lyrics throughout the track perfectly encapsulate the catch 22 that comes with a breakup: Wanting to be missed and thought about but knowing still that there is no going back and that walking away is what is best for you. We see this as Smith goes into the second verse, singing ‘I am not this desperate, not this crazy. There’s no way I’m stickin’ ’round to find out. I won’t lose like that, I won’t lose myself’
The dance-worthy instrumental breaks combined with lovelorn lyrics give listeners a signature Sam Smith style with a new sense of direction that we caught a glimpse of in his other release this year ‘Dancing with a stranger (Featuring Normani)’. With two singles released in a matter of months, we can only hope that an album drop could be on horizon very shortly…