In July of last year, Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in his room at the Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, where he had apparently overdosed on drugs and alcohol.
His passing came as a shock to all his costars and was especially hard on his girlfriend and fellow Glee cast member Lea Michele.
Since then, Lea has been working on her debut album, Louder. At an album listening party in Los Angeles, the actress revealed her inspiration for the song “If You Say So.”
Lea co-wrote the song with Australian singer/songwriter Sia Furler, and in it Lea opens up about the very last words Cory Monteith spoke to her before his death.
“It’s been seven whole days without your embrace, I wanna see your face, I’ve got some things to say,” she sings in the chorus. “Was just a week ago, You said I love you girl, I said I love you more, And a breath, a pause, you said, if you say so.”
In an exclusive interview with E! News, Lea explains how the release of her first album had to be postponed, but during that time the ballad “If You Say So” was born, along with other songs that hit close to home for the singer.
“During that time we discovered ‘Cannonball,’ and Sia and I wrote ‘If You Say So,’” she says, “and it’s really the story of the past two years of my life. The incredible, beautiful, happiest moments of my life, as well as the worst.”
“If I’ve learned anything from this past year,” she continues, “it’s that you have one life, and I didn’t really understand what that really meant until recently. And you have to live your life to the fullest. You have to love as hard as you can…and live as hard as you can live, ‘cause we just have one life.”
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