"Haunted Skies" is a song co-written by Adele and Paul Epworth that was originally intended to be released on her album 21, before it was cut from the record for unknown reasons. One of the reasons may be that it beared similar themes to that of the Ryan Tedder-produced "Turning Tables", which even featured the line, "Under haunted skies, I see you". Despite rumors that this was just an earlier version of this song, the rumors could not possibly be true because Tedder co-wrote and produced "Turning Tables", while Epworth co-wrote and produced "Haunted Skies". A similar controversy was brought up with the song "Saviour", another unreleased track whose title was also a lyric used in "Turning Tables", and "Waiting for You", whose title bears lyrics from "I'll Be Waiting".
"Haunted Skies" was a last-minute cut from the album, as it was originally placed as track #6, preceding "Rolling in the Deep", on the album.
- EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
- Universal Songs of Polygram International, Inc.