Healing through music. Cee Lo Green released his first new single in years on Friday, July 17, and the track is a tribute to Robin Williams.
The “Crazy” singer, 40, used “Robin Williams” to introduce his upcoming fifth studio album, Heart Blanche. The emotional song mourns the late Williams, who died from suicide in August 2014 at the age of 63.
Over a chiming beat, Green’s trademark vocals can be heard crooning, “Oh what a night, oh what a night / tears in my eyes, staring up at the sky in disbelief / I’ve got a voice in my head, voice in my head, that’s what it said / All we really need is comic relief / But I’m afraid of not being able to laugh anymore.”
As the melody builds, Green continues, “We don’t know, what the next man’s going through / Wish I could say it in a plainer way / I said, we don’t know, life reminds me of Robin Williams / We’ve got to laugh the pain away.”
The Goodie Mob performer goes on to reference late stars John Belushi, Richard Pryor, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, lamenting the loss of “heroes.”
“Robin Williams” is the Voice coach’s first solo single in more than two years. He last topped charts with 2010’s “F–k You,” a cut off of his most successful album to date, 2010’s The Lady Killer.
Take a listen to the single in the video above, and head over to Cee Lo’s website to check out the interactive lyric video.