The tune, penned by Zendaya and series composer Labrinth, featured prominently in the final episode of the show’s second season as Fike’s character, Elliot, broke out the ol’ acoustic guitar and serenaded Zendaya’s character, Rue, as the pair made amends. While the moment was intended to be poignant, it ended up causing a stir among Euphoria fans online, mostly due to the length of the song and performance.
Fike, to his credit, took the memes in stride, and when he announced the impending arrival of the official version of “Elliot’s Song” on Instagram earlier this week, he quipped, “We made the song shorter.” Indeed, the new version clocks in at at totally respectable, not-at-all interminable two-and-a-half minutes. The studio version of the track also features additional vocals from Zendaya. “Little star/Feels like you fell right on my head,” he sings in the chorus. “Gave you away to the wind/I hope it was worth it in the end.”
“Elliot’s Song” is technically Fike’s first music release of the year, and first single since 2020, when he released his album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong. In the interim, he’s stayed busy with a variety of collaborations, even popping up on Paul McCartney’s McCartney III remix album, while also appearing on songs with Justin Bieber, Remi Wolf, and Slowthai.
In Euphoria‘s post-credits Inside Euphoria, Zendaya said she co-wrote the song with Labrinth. “When I have a break, I’ll go over and hang out with Lab because he has a studio now on the lot,” she said. “He’s finding new sounds to complement every emotion we go through in the show.”
Labrinth explained that they were “sitting in each other’s spiritual energy” as they wrote the track. Meanwhile, Fike said Zendaya came to him with the track written from the perspective of his character to hers. He added some guitar.
“The cast is not just acting, they’re part of the music,” Labrinth said. “And I think that makes it even more special.”
“Elliot’s Song” is the latest track from Euphoria to be released. The track joins last episode’s “I’m Tired,” a duet between Zendaya and Labrinth, along with Lana Del Rey’s “Watercolor Eyes,” Tove Lo’s “How Long,” and James Blake’s “(Pick Me Up) Euphoria).”