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"Sweetest Devotion"
Adele 25
Song by Adele
from the album 25
Released
November 20, 2015
Length
4:12
Label
XL Recordings
Writer(s)
Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
Producer(s)
Paul Epworth
25 track listing
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"Sweetest Devotion" is a song recorded by Adele, taken from her third studio album, 25. The song was written by Adele with Paul Epworth, who also produced it. It appears as the eleventh and final track on the album. "Sweetest Devotion" was written about Adele's son Angelo and features his vocals in the song's intro and outro.

Background Edit

Adele wrote "Sweetest Devotion" with Paul Epworth about her son, Angelo. It was one of two tracks they wrote together that made the final cut for the album, the other being "I Miss You." In an interview with Ari Shapiro of NPR, Adele opened up about the song, revealing:

Yeah, I recorded [Angelo]. 'I want to sit next to my mummy.' You know, I was always looking for the feeling that he gives me, and I was looking for it everywhere in the wrong places, having no idea that I would find it in having a child. I thought I'd have a kid in my 30s, to be honest. And I think everyone thought I was crazy for having a baby when I did, but I feel like he was my little angel, and he came down to save me. And he did — he hit me like an explosion. It's the most shocking thing when you have a child; you can't prepare yourself. It's like, 'Oh my God. What have I done?' [1]

She further told USA Today, "The song is all about my kid. The way I've described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else." [2]

Promotion and live performances Edit

Prior to the release of 25, Adele partnered with Target to promote the album. Seven short music videos were filmed for different songs on the album in order to promote the Target deluxe edition, one of which was for "Sweetest Devotion." [3] The video zooms in on a chandelier before panning downward to Adele, sitting cross-legged on the floor of a vacant room, singing an abridged version of the first verse, pre-chorus, and chorus.

Additionally, "Sweetest Devotion" was included in the setlist of the Adele Live 2016 tour.

Credits Edit

Personnel[4]

  • Adele – songwriting, lead vocals, backing vocals, piano
  • Paul Epworth – songwriting, producer, programmer, percussion
  • Tom Herbert – bass
  • Leo Taylor – drums
  • Dave Okomu – guitar
  • Pablo Tato – guitar
  • Nikolaj Torp Larsen – piano
  • Matt Wiggins – engineer
  • Joe Hartwell Jones – engineer
  • Riley McIntyre – engineer
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixer
  • Joe Visciano – mixing assistant

LyricsEdit

With your loving
There ain't nothing
That I can't adore
The way I'm running with you honey
Means we can break every law
I find it funny that you're the only
One I never looked for
There is something in your loving
That tears down my walls

I weren't ready then
I'm ready now
I'm heading straight for you
You will only be eternally
The one that I belong to

The sweetest devotion
Hit me like an explosion
All of my life I've been frozen
The sweetest devotion I know

I'll forever be whatever
You want me to be
I'd go under and all over
For your clarity
When you wonder
If I'm gonna lose my way home just remember
That come whatever I'll be yours all along

I weren't ready then
I'm ready now
I'm heading straight for you
You will only be eternally
The one that I belong to

The sweetest devotion
Hit me like an explosion
All of my life I've been frozen
The sweetest devotion I know

I've been looking for you baby
In every face that I've ever known
And there is something about the way you love me
That finally feels like home
You're my light you're my darkness
You're the right kind of madness
You're my hope you're my despair
You're my scope of everything everywhere

The sweetest devotion
Hit me like an explosion
All of my life I've been frozen
The sweetest devotion I know

The sweetest devotion
Hit me like an explosion
All of my life I've been frozen
The sweetest devotion I know

The sweetest
It's the sweetest
The sweetest
It's the sweetest
The sweetest
It's the sweetest
The sweetest
It's the sweetest

Devotion

ReferencesEdit

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