Norah Jones has released “How I Weep” as the second single from her upcoming 8th LP, Pick Me Up Off The Floor (due June 12). The track began life as a poem and that comes across in both its structure and expressive lyrics. “How I weep for the loss and it creeps down my chin,” the 41-year-old sings over a delicate string arrangement. “For the heart and the hair and the skin and the air.” Norah’s meditation on grief continues as the song progresses. “And I march and I dance and I sing and I laugh,” she croons. “But inside… I weep for a loss that’s so deep.”
“My friend got me into poetry this year,” the 9-time Grammy winner reveals in the press release. “That plus reading Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to my kids every night got me into a word maze and I wrote this poem. I liked it but doubted I would ever release a book of poems and started thinking how to turn it into a song. I edited it down quite a bit and sat with it and a very different kind of song emerged.” Listen to the second, very good cut from Norah’s Pick Me Up Off The Floor below.