Love Is Painful for Emilee Moore in “Unless I Have To”

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // June 8, 2021

Trust us when we say there aren’t many artists that’ll make you as emotional as Emilee Moore can with every vulnerable release. Needless to say, if you’re long overdue for a good sob session, Moore will gladly accompany you in this trying time. Here to spill her heart on the page, Moore has unveiled her soul stirring new single, “Unless I Have To.”

On “Unless I Have To,” Emilee Moore reflected,

“I wrote ‘Unless I Have To’ about being too in love to give up on someone. I remember convincing myself that there might still be a chance with that person over and over again to the point where I couldn’t move on; it was a vicious cycle. I felt this feeling for a really long time and didn’t know how to put it into words, but it finally came to me one day and that’s what you hear in “Unless I Have To.” It’s about knowing you need to give up, even though every bone in your body refuses to. It’s easy to tell yourself it’s time to move on, but it’s unbelievably hard to make yourself do it.”

Even if you’ve never been in love or lost someone very dear to you, “Unless I Have To” will make you feel like you’ve experienced these overwhelming emotions. More than anything, this piano-driven pop ballad will be what launches Moore’s career to the top. But before you press play on “Unless I Have To,” you’d better have some tissues on hand because you’ll definitely need some. 

“Feeling the pain of loving someone, even though they’re long gone, becomes this comfortable place to stay in – even if it’s unhealthy. This song means so much to me, because it sums up a lot of what I felt for years. Writing this helped me understand myself better and helped me come to terms with the pain I was feeling for so long. It was a really cathartic experience to get it out on paper. The core of everything I write and the theme of everything I am when it comes to heartbreak can be found in this song; the overwhelming sadness I felt for years is summed up by just pressing play.”

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