Courtesy HBOIf you wondered why the late, great Donny Hathaway, who died in 1979, was trending on Twitter Monday morning, the answer is Euphoria.
The controversial HBO series, starring Zendaya as Rue, a 17-year-old recovering drug addict, used one of Hathaway’s signature songs to soundtrack a key scene in the season one finale.
We hear Hathaway’s “A Song for You” as a heartbroken Rue reminisces about her past — including her family, her father’s death and her relationship with Jules.
Fans took to Twitter in droves to describe how emotional they got hearing Hathaway’s song over that scene, in which Hathaway sings, “I love you in a place/Where there’s no space or time/I love you for my life/You’re a friend of mine/And when my life is over/Remember when we were together/We were alone/And I was singing this song to you.”
“The finale ending was a masterpiece .. that donny hathaway put me in tears though in the end,” wrote one viewer.
Another wrote, “like…Donny Hathaway’s version of A Song for You is already incredibly sad but with THIS montage ????? HEARTBREAKINGGG.”
Yet another tweeted, “watching someone completey lose their s**t after their dad died depicted so honestly & donny hathaway cinematography & narration. just. wow. i still haven’t stopped crying.”
“I was in disbelief when that piano started. Like they are not about to make me ugly cry like this,” added one.
One fan summed it up by writing, “I wholeheartedly endorse the used of Donny Hathaway in any/everything.”
As Bustle points out, Euphoria is executive-produced by Drake, so the show has featured an eclectic mix of classic tunes — like DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night” — as well as current songs from likes of Lizzo, Migos and Billie Eilish.
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