When I Was Younger

from by Inna Powell

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The EP ends with “When I Was Younger,” a quiet and restrained but painfully beautiful track. With gorgeously subtle fingerpicked acoustic and lyrics delivered in a murmur so quivering you can hear the tears trying desperately to be held back. Inna Powell delivers the kind of performance that can only come from one who has loved and lost; it is the sound of true pain. Examining the tragedy of a life gone far too soon, this song will shatter your heart.

- Written by Ryan Gaio


My brother died when I was younger the look my mother made
I remember the call that told us you just wanted to come home
You lived young for a child she only had you for a while
I never asked to be anything, wasted my life and I’d never want another (without)

I’m almost the age when you died, always thought I’d feel the same as you
I remember when I told him I loved him and it felt so strange
Now all I do is play it over again and wish I said it to him more
But all that I ever wonder is that you’re my oldest brother and I’ll never have another

And all that I can ever think of is how awful it is to no longer be a mother


from The Vanishing Act, released June 10, 2016
Written, engineered, and produced by Inna Powell
Violin and backing vocals by Vale Abbott
Mastered by George Graves at Lacquer Channel Mastering



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Inna Powell Toronto, Ontario

Inna Powell is a Toronto-based indie rock/alt-folk artist whose intense and engrossing performances contrast their anxious and soft-spoken offstage persona. While the songwriting is grounded in traditional folk arrangements, Powell fuses diverse influences-ranging from spoken word and bluegrass to hip-hop and emo–to present a unique musical soundtrack that varies from one composition to the next. ... more

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