It’s about a single mother doing whatever she has to do so her son can have a better life. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Grace Chatto from Clean Bandit told the story of the song, she said: ” The song is about doing anything you can to give your child a decent life, and what you have to sacrifice and go through with to do that. In the song and in the music video we made, the mother works as an exotic dancer in order to fund the life with her child. In the video, we did a take on it where we juxtaposed the mundane reality of being in a job you might not like, which is a theme we explore in a lot of our videos and juxtaposed that with a kind of fantasy world with the joy that dancing can bring you. The mother character in the video that’s spoken about in the song, you really don’t know if she’s fallen in love with pole dancing or if she’s just living in a dream world.” Chatto was asked why they chose to sing about this subject, she replied: “I’m not sure why we chose that, actually. I’ve always been interested in alternative family structures. Obviously, being a single mom is a very common structure. I’m actually kind of studying that kind of world the moment because I think we grow up being taught to assume that there’s one kind of family idea, but there are so many different ways you can do it.”
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Songwriter/s: Jack Patterson – Steve Mac – Ammar Malik – Ina Wroldsen – Sean Paul Henriques
Label: Atlantic – Warner
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song topped the Official Charts Company and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales over 600.000 copies. In the US, it peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 4 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Rockabye topped several charts around the world including Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia and Sweden. The song was certified Platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Poland. In Italy, it was certified Triple Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Clean Bandit group was active for 8 years, Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques was 43 and Anne-Marie Nicholson was 25 years old.
Cover Versions: Samantha Harvey – Toby Randall – Beth – Louiisa Johnson – J.Fla – Henry Gallagher – The Vamps – Amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.