Norah Jones and Mavis Staples have teamed up for “I’ll Be Gone,” a moving ballad about accepting your own mortality.
Written by Pete Remm, who also co-produced the song with Jones, the song is a gospel-inspired description of death and accepting change. The lyrics are simple, but speak volumes: “There’s a place far from here // Gonna make it my home // It’s where I belong // When I get where I’m going, I’ll be gone // I’ll be gone.”
The retro instrumentals, which includes an organ, coupled with the sincere lyrics, make this song seem like an old classic, despite being released merely last week.
This is the first time Jones and Staples have recorded together, but they are long-time duet partners. They debuted “I’ll Be Gone” at Staples’ 80th birthday concert in May.
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Surprise! Norah collaborated with the legendary @mavisstaples on a new song: "I'll Be Gone" written by Pete Remm. Listen and add it to your playlist now: link in bio. . “The first time I met Mavis she held my hand and we sang side-by-side to honor Paul McCartney. She is a beacon of love and light. It is always an honor, a pleasure, and a dream come true to sing with her. I hope we get to do more of it.” – Norah
Jones was joined by Staples for her concert at Red Rocks in Colorado this summer, and they have also performed together previously at the Newport Folk Festival in 2014. They will both be appearing at the David Lynch Foundation’s Silence the Violence benefit concert in Washington DC on October 11.
In a statement released along with the song, Jones said, “The first time I met Mavis she held my hand and we sang side-by-side to honor Paul McCartney. She is a beacon of love and light. It is always an honor, a pleasure, and a dream come true to sing with her. I hope we get to do more of it.”
Both Jones and Staples released solo albums this year as well. Jones’ dropped Begin Again in April and Staples’ released We Get By in May.
In December, Jones will kick off a South American tour in Bogotá, Colombia.
Check out “I’ll Be Gone” below!
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