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Foreign Affairs – Maybe He Already Knows – Single Review – A Highly Relatable Song For Anyone Who Experienced Loss Or Fear of Loss During The Pandemic.

UK-Based songwriting duo Foreign Affairs return this spring with some of their most unique and affecting work in the form of indie-folk gem ‘Maybe He Already Knows’.

The song was written shortly after their father had been diagnosed with a rare and late stage brain tumour in 2021 and sees the duo return to a more acoustic-driven production that places the importance on the emotion and message behind the song.

Listen to the song here

The opening line ‘I don’t know if they have told him, he ain’t coming home until the autumn, he waves at me through the window, maybe he already knows’ is a flashback to the brothers waving up at their dad through the hospital window in Bristol during COVID restrictions when visits were not permitted.

The song is probably one of the most heart-felt and meaningful songs I have heard in a long time. It’s clear just how much raw emotion was put into the creation of this song.

Maybe He Already Knows is a song that much of the world can relate to as we all shared that difficult time together but more people than should have, had a much more darker time to deal with. This song really touches on those harsh moments. Melodically and lyrically the song is incredibly heartbreaking. The loss of time and the harsh reality of acceptance of the end but at the same time being somewhat optimistic is emotionally raw in the way the music is played and in the way the words are written and how those words are sung. The music itself tells the story but the subtle and gentle vocals deliver the experience beautifully.

Speaking on the new single, the duo state:
It was important to us that the song felt hopeful, knowing that there was always a ‘fighting chance’ that things would work out. We’re happy with the way we captured all of the emotions and chaos of moments like that; fear, hope, anger and the feeling of wanting to run but needing to stay.”

We are pleased to hear that their father, after a long recovery period survived and is doing well.

The song was recorded between the bands home studio in Bristol & the Peer Music Studio in Richmond, London.

Writers: Lawrence Purnell
Adam Purnell

Engineer: Jonas Westling

Production: Lawrence Purnell
Jonas Westling Adam Purnell

Publisher: Peer Music

Foreign Affairs – Maybe He Already Knows


I don’t know if they have told him,
he ain’t coming home till the autumn, waves at me through the window, maybe he already knows

She tells me how she has missed you, as she gets another tissue,
it ain’t been the same back at home, maybe he already knows

Life ain’t so easy take your time Just get by now don’t you give it up I’ll be here right by your side
Just get by now don’t you give it up

Take a chance, play the hand Maybe you can escape
Just hope it goes the right way

Take a chance, all we have at the end of the day Is to hope it goes the right way

It’s just perpetual emotions, we’ve been here before and we noticed That he don’t get stressed no more Maybe he already knows

We sit and we wait for the call now For 17 hours we thought how We can’t be without you at home Maybe he already knows

Life ain’t so easy take your time Just get by now don’t you give it up I’ll be here right by your side
Just get by now don’t you give it up

Take a chance, play the hand
Maybe you can escape
Just hope it goes the right way
Take a chance, all we have at the end of the day Is to hope it goes the right way

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