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SeeYouAgainSingle
See You Again
Originally performed by
Composer Wiz Khalifa
Lyrics Wiz Khalifa
Charlie Puth
DJ Frank E
Performer(s) Wiz Khalifa
Length 3:49
Films Furious 7
Episode(s)
Albums Furious 7 (Soundtrack)
Preceded by "Off Set"
Followed by "Go Hard or Go Home"

"See You Again" is the official single of Furious 7 Various Artists Soundtrack by rapper Wiz Khalifa featuring the vocals and piano performance by Charlie Puth. The song is featured in the film Furious 7 as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 30 2013. The single was released March 17 in the United States and internationally April 3 and April 12, 2015 in the United Kingdom.[1]

History

Composition

"See You Again" was written in July of 2014 by Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Frank E during Puth's second day in Los Angeles. Puth and DJ Frank E were responsible for writing the bridge of the song, Khalifa was responsible for the composition of the rapping segments of the song.[2][3] According to Puth, when he and DJ Frank E began composing the song they contacted Wiz Khalifa who agreed to collaborate with the two artists. Puth performed the vocals used for the song in one take.[3]

Several vocalists had auditioned to perform for the song used at the end of the film, but the production had ultimately decided to use Puth's vocals instead. According Puth, in addition to the song being a tribute to the late Paul Walker, the lyrics of the song had been inspired his and his co-writer's personal tragedies.[note 1][3]

Wiz Khalifa composed his initial part of the song a studio with Snoop Dogg, and later wrote and mixed the second verse in a Hollywood studio.[2] He worked with the soundtrack's producers at Universal Music with the regard to the "texture" of the song and the overall direction they wanted the song to go in. "What was most important, too, was to make sure that it was a celebration of life. You know, to reflect on things, but also just to celebrate what we’ve been through."

Khalifa's aim to make the song "something that everybody can connect with", referencing his family as personal inspiration for the song.[2] “I basically thought about what the movie stands for as far as family and the brotherhood, and of course, using the metaphor of the last ride and the last race because of that last scene,” Khalifa explained.[4]

Commercial Performance

"See You Again" was a international success, reaching number one in ninety-four countries,[5] including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the single topped the charts, ending the fourteen-week reign of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" over the Billboard Hot 100.

"See You Again" currently holds the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States (streamed 4.2 million times on April 13, 2015), and also set the record for most streams in a single week in 26 countries during April 6 to April 12 (streamed 21.9 million times),[1][6] and also in the UK in a single week (streamed 3.72 million times from April 20 to April 26, 2015).[7]

April 4, 2015, Charlie Puth released a "Piano Demo Version" of "See You Again" did not feature the vocals of Wiz Khalifa or the melody of the finalized version on his SoundCloud account.[8][9] The demo track has since been removed from the account as of July 2015.

Lyrics

Final Version

It's been a long day without you my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again

Damn, who knew
All the planes we flew
Good things we been through
That I'd be standing right here talking to you
'Bout another path
I know we loved to hit the road and laugh

But something told me that it wouldn't last
Had to switch up look at things different see the bigger picture
Those were the days
Hard work forever pays
Now I see you in a better place

[Ah]
How could we not talk about family when family's all that we got?
Everything I went through you were standing there by my side
And now you gon' be with me for the last ride

It's been a long day without you my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
(I see you again)
We've come a long way
(Yeah we came a long way)
From where we began
(You where we started)
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
(Lemme tell you)
When I see you again

[Vocalizing]

First, you both go out your way
And the vibe is feeling strong
And what's small turned to a friendship
A friendship turned to a bond
And that bond will never be broken
The love will never get lost

And when brotherhood come first
Then the line will never be crossed
Established it on our own
When that line had to be drawn
And that line is what we reached
So remember me when I'm gone

How could we not talk about family when family's all that we got?
Everything I went through you were standing there by my side
And now you gon' be with me for the last ride

So let the light guide your way, yeah
Hold every memory as you go
And every road you take
Will always lead you home, home

It's been a long day without you my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again

[Vocalizing]
When I see you again
[Vocalizing]
When I see you again

Piano Demo Version

It's been a long day without you my friend,
and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again

Why do you have to leave so soon?
Why do you have to go?
Why do you have to leave me when I needed you the most?
Cause I don't really know how to tell ya without feeling much worse
I know you're in a better place and it's always gonna hurt
Carry on, give me all the strength I need
To carry on

It's been a long day without you my friend,
and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again

How do I breath without ya?
Feeling so cold.
I'll be waiting right here for ya till the day you're home
Carry on, give me all the strength I need
To carry on
So let the light guide your way, hold every memory as you go
And every road you take will always lead you home

It's been a long day without you my friend,
and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again, when I see you again
When I see you again, see you again
When I see you again

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Notes

  1. Charlie Puth: "[...]I was originally writing thinking about the movie, but midway through I realized it was also about my friend who passed away in a very similar way to Paul. What’s crazy is that my co-author also had a personal tragedy, which I didn’t know at the time. When we finished writing it, it was a very powerful moment."

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