Why (Gabrielle song)

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Gabrielle - Why.jpg
Single by Gabrielle
from the album Always
Released 17 September 2007 (digital download)
24 September 2007 (physical release)
Format CD single
Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, R&B, Soul
Label Universal Records
Writer(s) Gabrielle, Paul Weller, Ben Wolff, Andy Dean
Producer(s) The Boilerhouse Boys
Gabrielle singles chronology
"You Used to Love Me"
"Every Little Teardrop"
Paul Weller singles chronology
"Are You Trying To Be Lonely"
"Echoes Round The Sun / Have You Made Up Your Mind"

"Why" is the lead single from Gabrielle's fifth studio album, Always.[1] It was released on 17 September 2007 as a digital download and one week later (24 September 2007) on CD single. The single was first played on BBC Radio 2 by Ken Bruce and has since been added to the Radio 2 B-list. The single charted at number forty-two on the UK Singles Chart, her second consecutive single to miss the top forty.

"Why" was one of the final songs recorded for Always and was produced by The Boilerhouse Boys. The song was written around a sample of the Paul Weller song "Wild Wood", which reached number fourteen on the UK singles chart. Weller enjoyed Gabrielle's interpretation of the song so much, he recorded new vocals for the track following Gabrielle's recording of the original demo version of "Why".[2] It also featured David Cracknell, then Political Editor of The Sunday Times, on piano.

UK Singles Chart 42
UK R&B Chart 6
UK Airplay Chart 31

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Why" (featuring Paul Weller)
  2. "Nothing Hurts Like Goodbye"

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Why" premiered on UK music channels on 31 August 2007. It features footage of Gabrielle and Weller in a recording studio producing and recording the song.


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