George Michael‘s “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)” has been given a posthumous release. The recording, made during Michael’s final studio sessions, comes three years after the late singer’s death. Michael made a rough recording of the tune sometime in early 2012, and it was later recorded again at London’s Air Studios in 2015.
“This Is How (We Want You To Get High)” has an upbeat vibe with Latin influences, acoustic guitars, and a bright, cheery tone. The song is used in the final scene of Paul Feig‘s new film, Last Christmas, named after the iconic Wham! track. The romantic comedy uses Michael’s music throughout the film. Michael died on Christmas in 2016 and according to a statement given by Last Christmas co-writer Emma Thompson via press release, he gave the film his blessing during its development.
Although “This Is How (We Want You To Get High) has an upbeat tone, Michael touches on heavy topics. On it, he sings, “Looking for a different space, dreaming of a sunnier day, oh it never came how could it have, baby, where the present meets the past. It’s hard to be more than we’ve seen, it’s hard to be more than we’ve seen.” The song was co-written and co-produced by Michael and his collaborator, James Jackman.
Watch the lyric video for “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)” below.
George Michael – “This Is How (We Want You To Get High)
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