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.
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.
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 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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