A lot of the time it feels like… music is some sort of excuse to be a human. It’s kind of like people need that excuse to go and put their arms in the air and sing their hearts out.
Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free/to be more like the man you were made to be
I think it was T.S. Eliot who talked about good poetry being felt before it’s understood. I believe that. There are some bands where I love their lyrics but I don’t have a clue what they’re on about.
I approach my life haphazardly. Not much holiness and only as much wisdom as I can muster.
A lot of the time writers are just sponges... for what's around them, and so books are helpful for focusing your mind and literally putting it into words.
If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could've won.
It's a unique thing to stand in front of a crowd and sing your songs.
I spent quite a lot of time pissing off my friends because I could get girls with a British accent, despite the fact that I was tubby and, like, not very cool.
Every band I've come across has read more than I have.
I'd love to write a country album with Adele.
I don't even call myself a Christian.
I'm very English, and we don't talk about emotions publicly.
The authenticity thing has never been an issue for me.
When you write a song it's sometimes in a desperate moment whn you can't really articulate it. What I love about lyrics is what T.S. Eliot said: 'Good poetry is felt before it is heard.' I'm a believer in that. It's those moments when you sit yourself down, and talk to yourself in the mirror.
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