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“Shotgun” is a song by British singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra, Fred Gibson and Joel Pott and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released as a digital download on 18 May 2018, as the third single from Ezra’s second studio album Staying at Tamara’s. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Ezra’s first number-one song in the United Kingdom, and was certified quadruple platinum in the country. In addition, it topped the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, also becoming Ezra’s first number-one there, as well as the Irish Singles Chart and New Zealand Singles Chart.
“Shotgun” was one of the first songs Ezra wrote for his second studio album, Staying at Tamara’s. He penned the track after spending time on top of Montjuïc in Barcelona, the city which had previously been the source of inspiration for his 2015 single of the same name, and Ezra chose to take a break there after struggling to unwind following touring his debut album, Wanted on Voyage. He told The Sun, “Halfway up [the mountain], there is a hotel with a nice garden. A lot of days I’d walk halfway up and just sit in the beautiful garden. I looked around and everyone was just doing their own thing, trying to figure out their lives. I kind of felt like, ‘Well, what I need to do is take myself away and see if I can make any more sense of (what I’m feeling). And I ended up going to Barcelona for a month, and I just stayed in one place instead of travelling around. It was lovely, and I think that’s when I realized that it was like, an anxious feeling that I had.”
“Shotgun” is originally in the key of F major, with a tempo of 116 beats per minute and a chord progression of F–B♭–Dm–C.