Celine sings an emotional tribute to her late husband, René Angélil, who died in January from throat cancer. Her voice is quiet, raspy, unusually restrained, and accompanied only by a piano. She sound like she’s been crying.
Little by little, day by day
One step at a time
Shake off the devil, oh
Take back my piece of mind
The song was written for her by P¡nk, whom she had a chance to thank when the two crossed paths at the Billboard Music Awards last May.
“When I saw her, I said, ‘For you to take the time to really write a song, to give me a tool, a piece of luggage to help me, to move forward to walk, to keep going…’ ” explained Dion.
“She is phenomenal,” she added. “I love her for her talent, for her strength, for her focus, [for] the person she is.”
Dion sings about being an anxiety addict, a broken perfectionist and a constant regretter who “ran from her heart before choosing to go back to the start.”
“Tell him I love him,” she sings at the song’s end. “Take back my peace of mind.”
Dion opened up about losing her husband in a recent PEOPLE cover story, and said Angélil would have wanted her to keep singing.
“It’s what he would want for me,” the “My Heart Will Go On” singer said. “It’s what he always wanted for me. We still live that together. René and I met through the passion of show business – through the therapeutic music that made us be together.”
It’s a real tear-jerker. And I’m not even a huge fan.
Listen to it below.