The latest version of the controversial track features harmonies from Zendaya. It’s also much shorter.
Whether you loved it or hated it, “Elliot’s Song,” Dominic Fike’s tender acoustic ballad to Zendaya’s Rue which helped close the finale of Euphoria’s second season, has now officially arrived on streaming services.
Fans first heard the track when Fike’s character, Elliot, abruptly asks to play something for Rue on his guitar after the two finally make nice following a season of drama and turbulence. Though the version of the song that made it on the show lasted nearly four minutes (and arguably felt much longer), the official version is much shorter, clocking in at about two and a half minutes.
In the finale’s after-show interview, Fike explained that Sam Levinson was the one who proposed he sing and play the song during the episode. “Sam just came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, I was thinking you play the guitar in this and like, you sing a song. It’s to Rue, but not really about Rue, but it, like, is about Rue, but it’s like a surreal moment, but it’s not,” Fike said. “And I’m like, ‘You just made this decision?’”
Co-written by Labrinth and Zendaya, the song has been interpreted as a metaphor for Rue and Elliot’s intense and fragmented friendship, its lyrics characterizing Rue as a fallen star. “Little star/ Feels like you fell right on my head/ Gave you away to the wind/ I hope it was worth it in the end,” Fike sings on its chorus.
After the finale’s broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 27, the scene immediately divided fans, with many online criticizing the song’s length for taking away precious airtime from tying up plot holes, and questioning whether it was necessary at all. Others applauded the emotional impact of the song, which includes Elliot singing the lyric to Rue, “I think you may be my only friend.”
All the hubbub eventually made it to Fike himself, who acknowledged the criticism by posting his own screenshots of memes and jokes about the song on his Instagram story, as well as his own thoughts about the whole ordeal. “The internet remains undefeated. I am humbled,” he wrote.