“Distance” by Yebba

Honestly Yebba’s “Distance” isn’t the easiest love song to understand, even when taking her personal explanation into consideration. But one reasonable postulation is that the addressee is the vocalist’s ex. And most simply put, the latter is missing their romance.

This sentiment is reinforced in the outro, that the vocalist is in fact in love with the addressee.  And apparently the titular metaphor, “take me back to the distance”, in context has her longing for the days when the two of them were actually together. So it can be said that the vocalist has come to the realization that she truly has and undeniably feelings for the addressee.

Lyrics to Yebba's "Distance"
Yebba speaks about the inspiration behind "Distance"

Yebba and “Distance”

Yebba is a singer from the South Central US who made a name for herself as a backup/featured vocalist before venturing out on her own in 2016. And along those lines, the biggest accomplishment thus far in her discography has been winning a 2019 Grammy Award, in the category of Best Traditional R&B Performance, as a feature of PJ Morton on a cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love”.

RCA Records issued “Distance” as the lead single from Yebba’ debut album, “Dawn”, on 8 May 2020. Yebba produced it with Mark Ronson, and she wrote it alongside the following:

  • Alana Chenevert
  • James Francies
  • Pete Wilkins

Also to note, the track features a celebrity drummer in The Roots’ ?uestlove.

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