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Désolé is a single from Gorillaz' 2020 web series Song Machine. Its extended version was released on seventh studio album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. The song features Fatoumata Diawara and is one of a few songs from the Song Machine co-produced by James Ford.

Background[]

The word Désolé to us means humble. It is a really important word as sometimes, one can hurt someone without even knowing – so it is important to be kind. I really love this song!
~ Fatoumata Diawara, In Conversation: Gorillaz’ Noodle Interviews Fatoumata Diawara[1]

Désolé was recorded sometime in 2019 and was sung in a combination of English, French and Bambara.[2] In addition to vocals by Diawara the single features backing vocals from a group called Voice Messengers.

On December 6, 2019, Jamie Hewlett posted a cropped screenshot of his computer monitor displaying Murdoc with his tongue out captioned, Animatey.[3] Later, on December 7, 2019, Jamie posted a cropped screenshot of Noodle playing her guitar with a monster glove simply captioned, Monster mitt.[4] These screenshots were the earliest teasers for Désolé.

Désolé premiered on the Gorillaz YouTube channel on February 27, 2020 at 11:00AM EST as Episode Two. [5]

The Song Machine Episode 2 EP and the lyric video feature the standard version of the song, while the music video and album contain the extended version.

Lyrics[]

[Intro: 2-D]

Eh
Eh, ah

[Verse 1: 2-D & Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé contraband
Désolé, I'm a long way from land
Désolé, I don't know what to do
Désolé, désolé, I’m tryining to hold on to you

[Chorus: 2-D, Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé, ko teriya mana diya
Désolé, a kana ma lamè
Désolé, désolé, désolé
Désolé, désolé, a kana ma lamè

[Verse 2: 2-D & Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé compliqué
Désolé, I don't know what to say anymore
Désolé, while everyone on the move
Désolé, désolé, I'm trying to hold on to you

[Chorus: 2-D, Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé, ko teriya mana diya
Désolé, a kana ma lamè
Désolé, désolé, désolé
Désolé, désolé, a kana ma lamé
Désolé
Désolé

[Verse 3: 2-D & Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé contraband
Désolé, c'est une longue file d'attente
Désolé, tous mes phantoms sans bleu
Désolé, désolé, I'm trying to hold on to you

[Bridge: 2-D, Fatoumata Diawara]

Désolé, désolé, désolé, ah ahan
Désolé, o diyalen, o diyalen, ah ahan
Désolé, désolé, désolé, ahaan
Désolé, désolé, ah, yeah, yeah

Music Video[]

Lyric Video[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • The French word "Désolé" means "Sorry".
  • The lyrics in the first verse of the song changed slightly on the Lyric Video version of the track from the ones that could be heard in Song Machine Episode 2 EP. The reason for that is unknown.
  • Though this is Fatoumata's first time collaborating with the Gorillaz, she has previously worked with Damon Albarn as part of Africa Express and was a guest on Rocket Juice & the Moon.

References[]

  1. Noodle. "In Conversation: Gorillaz' Noodle Interviews Fatoumata Diawara". ClashMusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2020 12:01:55 (UTC).
  2. Noodle. "In Conversation: Gorillaz' Noodle Interviews Fatoumata Diawara". ClashMusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2020 12:01:55 (UTC).
  3. @hewll. "Animatey". Instagram.com. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. @hewll. "Monster mitt". Instagram.com. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. Gorillaz. "Gorillaz - Désolé ft. Fatoumata Diawara (Episode Two)". YouTube.com. Retrieved 27 February 2020 11:00:00 (UTC).
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