After a three-year break, the dad of eight will drop new tune Didn’t I, which describes the devastating effects of drug-taking from a parent’s perspective.
In the tune, Rod sings about a daughter who is warned by her father “that stuff is going to kill you” as she heads off for Hollywood.
In his famous rasp, he adds: “But you thought it was cool, and I was just an old fool,” before closing out the song, singing: “Now I stand by your bedside watching you fight for your life.”
While I’m informed the tune is not about any of his children, Rod has felt the brutal effects of substance abuse on his family.
His son Sean, whose mother is former model Alana Stewart, has famously suffered heart-breaking addiction in the past after he started drinking at 13 before moving on to ecstasy, prescription painkillers, cocaine and heroin by 19.
But thanks to Rod’s support and two stints in rehab, he turned his life around and the pair’s relationship is now stronger than ever.
Rod, whose raw emotion can be heard on the brilliant ballad, is one of the few rock stars of his era to escape drug addiction, though he did dabble during his days with The Faces.
In 2010, he reached out to help his daughter Kimberly Stewart’s pal Paris Hilton when he warned her to “give up the drugs” after her arrest for cocaine possession.
Didn’t I is the lead single from upcoming album Blood Red Roses, which is due to be released on September 28.
It’s Rod’s first new music in three years. His surprise A$ap Rocky and Mark Ronson collab Everyday, released in 2015, was the last time he featured in the UK singles charts.
Rod said of the new record: “I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy.
“Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.”
He’s certainly nailed that on this one.
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