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Avicii’s Song ‘Wake Me Up’ Is Extra Poignant Following His Death

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Avicii’s Song ‘Wake Me Up’ Is Extra Poignant Following His Death

People are clambering to find out what caused the death of Swedish DJ Avicii after news broke of his tragic passing in Oman yesterday.

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Credit: PA

While details of his final moments might not be fully known yet, people have been searching through the lyrics of his epic songs and some reckon a few lines in particular speak about the DJ's inner turmoil.

In 'Wake Me Up', which was one of Avicii's most commercially successful songs, there are two lines which say, 'Wish that I could stay forever this young' and 'I tried carrying the weight of the world'.

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Some have suggested that these lines now seem extra poignant in the wake of his passing.

Avicii quit live performances in 2016 after being diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, which was caused by excessive alcohol use.

Speaking about collaborating with Aloe Blacc, who did the vocals for the song, Tim told MTV UK: "I had a demo with Mac Davis singing, the guy who wrote some songs that were covered by Elvis Presley, but I needed another singer to do the parts.

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"At the same time I was tipped off about doing another track with Aloe Blacc, and I started working on that track.

"When I was with Mike Einziger from Incubus, we came up with the chord progression and the melody for 'Wake Me Up' but [with] no real lyrics.

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Credit: PA

"None of us [could] sing and we really needed to get that demo down and the only person I knew that lived in LA was Aloe, so I called him and he was free. Lyrics come really easy to him so the two of us wrote them in a couple of hours and we finished the track."

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Aloe explained how he got involved with the DJ to Huffington Post, saying: "I'm travelling all over the world and I thought: 'Life is a dream, wake me up when it's all over'.

"I came in with the lyrics and I just developed the melody as I heard the chords, and we all thought it was something very strong.


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"We finished the song that night as an acoustic version, then Avicii made the dance mix in a couple of days, and that's what we released to the world, and that was his release."

The 28-year-old's publicist released a statement, saying: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

"He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time, April 20.

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"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."

RIP Avicii

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Topics: News, avicii, Music

Stewart Perrie
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