|“I Drink Wine”|
|Song by Adele|
from the album 30
|Writer(s)||Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin|
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“I Drink Wine” is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, taken from her fourth studio album, 30. The song was written by Adele with Greg Kurstin and serves as the seventh track on the album. Its title was confirmed on November 1, 2021, when the album’s track listing was revealed online. The song’s title was trending worldwide on Twitter following the track list announcement.
It was expected to be released as the album’s second single, but was replaced by “Oh My God.” However, in December 2021, Adele confirmed that a music video for “I Drink Wine” had already been shot, prompting speculation that it would be released as the album’s third single.
Background and composition
Adele first discussed “I Drink Wine” in an interview with Rolling Stone for their December 2021 issue. “I took everything so personally at that period of time in my life,” she said of the time in her life immediately following her divorce from Simon Konecki, “so the lyric ‘I hope I learn to get over myself’ is like [me saying], ‘Once I’ve done that, then maybe I can let you love me.’ ” It was written for Adele and one of her friends, with many of the lyrics focusing on Adele’s desire to be more present in the friendship. Described as a song about “shedding one’s ego,” “I Drink Wine” drew inspiration from the work of Elton John and Bernie Taupin in the 1970s, as well as that of Barry Manilow.
“The reason why I feel like it’s an integral part of the record is because it’s the beginning of me starting to really dig deep in myself and ask myself real questions and be able to focus my energy a little bit more,” Adele said of “I Drink Wine,” which was largely influenced by her struggles with anxiety in the wake of her divorce. “That song is basically like 50 questions I’m asking myself. It felt like it was the beginning of me coming out.”
According to Rolling Stone, Adele channeled different characters into her recordings for the song’s background vocals, which she said “made it less intimidating, because some of the things I’m talking about really hit home for a lot of people.” The voice note that appears at the end of the song was included at the suggestion of Adele’s friend Jedidiah Jenkins, who told her to start recording her moments of self-doubt. This concept is also explored earlier in the album on “My Little Love,” which includes voice notes from both Adele and her son Angelo.
Initially, the title of “I Drink Wine” was a joke, but Adele ultimately decided to keep it. The song was originally 15 minutes long before Adele’s record label asked her to cut it down to six minutes.
“I Drink Wine” was performed live for the first time during the taping of Adele’s CBS special, Adele One Night Only. Adele also sang it during her ITV concert special, An Audience with Adele, and the 2022 BRIT Awards. The latter performance was released as a digital single on February 9, 2022 exclusively through YouTube Music.
- Adele Daily ³⁰ on Twitter: “THREAD: Credits of writing/production on ‘30.’” / Twitter
- Adele's '30' Tracklist Revealed, Featuring the Amazing 'I Drink Wine' - Variety
- Adele Now on Twitter: "“I Drink Wine” is trending worldwide. It is currently #15." / Twitter
- Adele on Her New Album, '30,' Divorce, Tour - Rolling Stone
- Adele Daily ³⁰ 😱 on Twitter: "“Oh My God” is now the 2nd official single off Adele’s “30”." / Twitter
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- I Drink Wine (Live at The BRIT Awards 2022) - YouTube