Noel Gallagher has revealed that he often forgets his own lyrics when performing on stage in news that will surely come as a crushing blow to the City faithful like me.
“Brain freeze, I get it,” the elder Gallagher brother recently told The Sun. “I get them when I’m doing gigs to 70,000 people. As the next line is coming, I think, ‘Seriously, what is the next line to this song?’ You’re thinking, ‘I genuinely don’t know what it is’. Somehow it falls out of the sky. But sometimes I just have to make shit up.”
To be fair, Gallagher is 54-years-old and has lived a life that isn’t altogether conducive to long-term memory retention. Still, when half your words are Beatles references, one would think that it can’t be all that difficult to remember to say “Yellow Submarine” every once in a while.
“My band will say, ‘Are they the right lyrics?’ And I go, ‘I don’t think so’. I’ve played ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ a billion times, and sometimes I think, ‘What is the first line?’.” Of course, “slip inside the eye of your mind” is a wonderful example of Gallagher’s knack for writing something that sounds really deep and insightful but, in reality, it doesn’t actually mean anything. Actually, that’s not true: it means whatever you want it to mean, which is the major appeal of Gallagher’s writing style. It’s mostly grandiose images that look slightly bizarre on paper, but sound great in a giant stadium.
That’s the other thing that Gallagher has going for him: he’s got thousands of people attending his gigs who know all the words for him. He can step back from the mic any time he wants, and the crowd will do the singing for him. But this raises some important questions: is Gallagher too vain for a teleprompter? Is he getting old? Are we collectively getting old?
Existential crises aside, Gallagher is currently working on a collection of covers from hidden gems that influence his songwriting. The High Flying Birds leader commented on the work in progress with a statement that aged like milk overnight: “Everybody does Bob Dylan covers albums — it’s boring.”