Killing my Softly

"Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack is a timeless classic that was originally composed in the key of E major. Written by songwriters Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, the song was first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971. However, it was Flack's powerful and emotive rendition that garnered widespread acclaim and established the song as her signature hit. Interestingly, the inspiration for the lyrics came from a performance by singer Don McLean, where he serenaded the audience "killing them softly" with his songs. The melody of the song is characterized by its gentle yet captivating piano intro, accompanied by Flack's soulful vocal delivery, which beautifully captures the heartache and vulnerability expressed in the poignant lyrics.