Even though I wasn’t practicing it myself, I wanted to let everybody know that the way you can get out of that is by loving yourself: By not beating yourself up. BARRY GIBB: Fifteen months after we broke up, Robin dropped into my place in Kensington. I had a few bits on this record, and I think they’re some of the best moments, personally, but I don’t know… I think the label and management are a bit intimidated by it, because I think rapping is where you have to be your most honest, and most direct. MAURICE GIBB: Would you believe originally written for ABBA (Sweden's famous group) on the steps of the Chateau d'Herouville Studios in France. I think it's about a child's fantasy elephant, but when I listen again there are some very phallic overtones. James Arthur: No, it sucks. MAURICE GIBB: This is a song we wrote with unimaginable results. I wanted to write the type of song that guys would want to play for their girlfriends. James Arthur: I do. The twisted irony is that, of all the tracks on Back from the Edge, “Say You Won’t Let Go” is the odd one out: Most of its story came from Arthur’s imagination. It’s about overcoming adversity. We write from life observation. Could I be that person, I was questioning it myself, insecure. As soon as I got on the ground that night I completed the song with Barry and Maurice. It was conscious. Thanks Mack. He’s sort of the full package, in terms of an R&B singer. I guess that's because everybody's unique in their own way. Usually, I think I come up with the fundamentals and foundations of most things. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'atwoodmagazine_com-box-3','ezslot_2',121,'0','0']));Even the album’s worldwide mega-hit single evokes that uncompromising staying power: The heartachingly bittersweet “Say You Won’t Let Go” has topped iTunes charts in 22 countries and currently sits at #13 on its 27th week on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. His is a personal tale of recovery and redemption: Of clawing his way back to the top after hitting rock bottom; of proving his self-worth; of not letting go, and never giving up. Back from the edge Back from the dead Back before demons took control of my head Back to the start Back to my heart Back to the boy who would've reach for the stars Oh, back from the edge Back from the dead Back from the tears that were so easily shed Back to the start Back to my heart Back to the boy who would've reach for the stars Fun times. Another great arrangement by Bill Shepherd. And you want to tell them, and you want to send a message. Slipping through the trees strangling the breeze in the wood letting off a anhydrous batch im just saying the dope seen loved this song of coarse any one an any freak can turn a simple song into a … BARRY GIBB: It's about some people trapped in a mine. I wanted to write the type of song that guys would want to play for their girlfriends. I’m up for the fight, that’s what it is – and trying to get other people up for the battle as well. It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie. James Arthur: A bit more extroverted, more confident, I think. It’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek thing, like back from the dead, and it’s also like, me – without being too dark – not being suicidal anymore, really. It’s just honest and open, almost like a memoir, or something, of my last two years – the two years of hell that I went through, and sort of clawed my way back. It feels like the strongest vocal performance and the most honest track. Musically, I tried to make it as organic as possible, putting a lot of live instruments on it. MAURICE GIBB: My country, or swamp music period. You have that feeling sometimes. A lot of people don't understand. The British artist describes his new album, Back from the Edge (October 2016 via Columbia Records) as a “memoir” of the past two years of his life: After winning The X Factor in 2012 and releasing a self-titled album in 2013, the British artist got caught up in controversy, lost his record deal, and ‘stepped away’ from the spotlight. MAURICE GIBB: My first and last attempt at going solo. Atwood is a digital platform that seeks out visionary artists and fresh voices with the goal of promoting the arts. And she used to say the same thing to me. James Arthur: Yeah, they weren’t wrong and I’m really grateful. Really a warm up to much better songs. I got into prescription drugs as well – because of anxiety, basically, I’d have panic attacks and stuff, so I thought that was helping me. There's a lot of examination of yourself in these songs. I feel like it was so contrived; there’s a few tracks on it that I really identify with, but the rest of it… I can just remember the stress of everybody putting pressure on me to strike that balance between being an X Factor winner and an artist. It's our way of saying that nothing ever really changes. Yet I don’t think you can be as prolific if you were just left to your own devices. So that little thing, that little relationship that I had when I was fourteen years old has always sort of stuck with me. The days when we were discovering probably one of the finest studios in America. ROBIN GIBB: The story is about a man really having his fantasies. BARRY GIBB: The song is basically about love at great distance. what is the meaning of the song edge of seventeen? I was like, think whatever you want. Debbie Harry's rhymes left lots of room for improvement. BARRY GIBB: It goes 'Now I've found that the world is round and of course it rains everyday.' I was in with this guy called Jonathan Quarmby, who’s just such a lovely kind of guy. BARRY GIBB: Everybody struggles against the world, fighting all the bullshit and things that can drag you down. James Arthur: Sometimes there’s just an energy in the room! The idea of the words is that if you fall in love with a woman, you’re not interested in what she’s been. So much more I'd love to ask the Brothers about lyrics. Prince kept doves at his Paisley Park mansion. I believe am, and I'll come back if he disappears. It’s true, and that was kind of a mantra throughout those two years. I’ve been listening to a lot of Usher, randomly. The song itself was really about the Aberfan mining disaster in Wales, killing over two hundred children. I think throughout my life, I’ve looked outside of myself for validation quite a bit, and struggled to come to terms with myself. Back from the Edge is a torrential outpouring of emotion, a hauntingly visceral seventeen-track confessional that finds James Arthur sharing his life on his terms. Well, I'm not alone, but I might feel alone, that no one really thinks the way I do. We finished it with Mo, and the Bee Gees were reborn. I guess I just remembered my purpose: That I don’t need to do it for anybody else; I’ve just got to do it for me. I never have any worries that people are going to say I’m sh*t, because I don’t think people can say that: I’m pretty decent at what I do, I’m a good musician and that’s just a fact. It was a cold, wet day and this song was born. Back in the day the feinds loved this song cookers to be exact.burn through the witches banging dope horror.dig through the ditches out cooking one. Barry had been arguing with someone, I had been arguing with someone and happened to be in the same mood. It features a hook a lot of people play on, but it’s a natural commercial hook. Good or bad, this is where we all end up. I don’t mention the title I was thinking about my past. It was sort of like – and I’ve done this a lot throughout my life – a song in the future. I was hung over – I’d been drinking the whole day – so I said, “Look, I’ve got this session today. We had a great band and this song came from that feeling. I was really venting about that, but as time went on, it sort of evolved into a positive thing.