(NOTE LANGUAGE) Following the season-two finale of HBO’s Euphoria, superstar actress Zendaya and show composer Labrinth released the full version of the gospel-inspired track “I’m Tired.”
A snippet of the track was first heard in the season’s second episode, during an emotional church scene with Zendaya’s character, Rue, who struggles with sobriety. At the end of the season finale, the last minute of the song — and Zendaya’s vocals — are heard while Rue reflects on her sobriety journey.
Zendaya sings, “Hey Lord, you know I’m trying. Hey Lord, you know I’m trying. It’s all I got, is this enough? Hey Lord, I wanna stay.”
The star expressed gratitude to Labrinth in a Monday Instagram story, saying, “Thank you bro for allowing me to write, create and share space with you on this very special song. I learn so much from you every time we work. Excited for what’s to come.”
In an interview with Variety, Labrinth discussed what it was like writing the track and even appearing in the final episode.
“I [sang], ‘Hey lord, you know I’m tired.’ And then she was like, ‘Oh s***!’ And we just started writing the song,” the singer, songwriter said. “It was all of that impulsive inspiration, you know? And then being in the scene, I was like, ‘I haven’t performed for a while and I’ve not been on American TV before or been an actor before… I [was] like, just be in the moment.”
“I’m Tired” isn’t the first track produced by the duo. Labrinth started contributing music to the show during season one, composing “All for Us” for the season’s finale.
Considering Euphoria was greenlit for season three, fans may get much more of the Zendaya-Labrinth dynamic combo. The show is available to stream on HBO and HBO Max.
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