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Nightingale
DEMI
Song from DEMI
Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Producer Matt Rad, Anne Preven (vocal)
Writer(s) Demi Lovato, Anne Preven, Matt Radosevich, Felicia Barton
Album Tracklist
Previous
(5)
Two Pieces
This Track
(6)
Nightingale
Next
(7)
In Case


Nightingale is a song by Demi Lovato which appears as the sixth track on her fourth album, DEMI.

Composition

In the track Lovato looks for a hero, someone to lean on, singing, "Sing to me/ I know you're there/ 'Cause baby you're my sanity". During an interview with songwriter and record producer Emanuel Kiriakou she said: "Nightingale is definitely a personal song. It’s about one of my friends, actually, that passed away when we were thirteen. I feel like, sometimes I literally, I know when he’s in the room with me. And, I just have a really strong connection to him. I feel like he’s my nightingale". In other words, she feels like her friend is her guardian angel. The song is entirely dedicated to her friend Trenton Stout, who hanged himself at the age of thirteen.

Critical Reception

On May 9, 2013 in a track-by-track Billboard review, writer Jason Lipshutz stated: "This is the type of ballad that Lovato makes look like a lay-up: the theatrical notes are in place, but so is the patience, maturity and attitude that establish the singer from her pop peers. "Nightingale" soars when Lovato is joined by a chorus of backup vocalists in its final passage; if she can perfect this song live, that finale could become enlightening." [1]

Live Performances

She performed the song as a part of her brief piano-driven set during her interview with GRAMMY.com in October 2013. Lovato performed the song live on Good Morning America on June 6, 2014 as a part of their Summer Concert Series. The song was also a part of Lovato's setlist for The Neon Lights Tour and the DEMI World Tour.

Music Video

Demi released a music video on December 24, 2014 as an early Christmas present for her fans. 

Demi Lovato - Nightingale (Official Video)03:40

Demi Lovato - Nightingale (Official Video)

Lyrics

I can't sleep tonight
Wide awake and so confused
Everything's in line
But I am bruised
I need a voice to echo
I need a light to take me home
I kinda need a hero, is it you?
I never see the forest for the trees
I could really use your melody
Baby, I'm a little blind
I think it's time for you to find me

Can you be my nightingale
Sing to me I know you're there
You could be my sanity, bring me peace
Sing me to sleep
Say you'll be my nightingale

Somebody speak to me
'Cause I'm feeling like hell
Need you to answer me, I'm overwhelmed
I need a voice to echo
I need a light to take me home
I need a star to follow, I don't know
I never see the forest for the trees
I could really use your melody
Baby, I'm a little blind
I think it's time for you to find me

Can you be my nightingale
Sing to me I know you're there
You could be my sanity, bring me peace
Sing me to sleep
Say you'll be my nightingale

I don't know what I'd do without you
Your words are like a whisper, come through?
As long as you're with me here tonight, I'm good

Can you be my nightingale
Feel so close I know you're there
Oh, nightingale, sing to me
I know you're there
'Cause baby you're my sanity
You bring me peace, sing me to sleep
Say you'll be my nightingale

References

  1. billboard.com - DEMI Album Track-by-Track Review

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