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"Writer in the Dark"
Song by Lorde
from the album Melodrama
Released 2017
Recorded at Electric Lady (New York)
Length 3:36
Label Lava
Songwriter(s) Ella Yelich-O'Connor
Jack Antonoff
Singles chronology
Writer in the Dark

"Writer in the Dark" is a song recorded by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde for her second album Melodrama (2017).

Lorde co-wrote and co-produced the track with Jack Antonoff. It is a piano ballad with sparse production and an outro. The song was inspired after Lorde woke up late one night with a stranger; its lyrics are Lorde's lament to an ex-lover, in which she says she will always love him but she also needs to move her life forwards.


"Writer in the Dark" was co-written and co-produced by Lorde (credited under her birth-name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) and Jack Antonoff. It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, New York City.

The song is composed in the key of G major with a walking pace tempo of 72 beats per minute while Lorde's vocals span a range of D3 to D5. It is a piano ballad with sparse instrumentation in its production.

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Melodrama


  • Published by Songs Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Songs, LLC, Ducky Donath Music (BMI)
  • Recorded at Electric Lady Studios (New York City)
  • Mixed at Electric Lady Studios
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound Studios (New York City)


  • Lorde – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Jack Antonoff – production, songwriting
  • Brandon Bost – mixing assistance
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • Randy Merrill – mastering
  • Barry McCready – engineering assistance
  • Seth Paris – engineering assistance
  • Greg Eliason – engineering assistance
  • Laura – engineering


Chart (2017) Peak
 New Zealand Artist Singles (RMNZ)  7
 New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)  2