The inspiration behind Football was about always wanting to be a footballer. If I had to pick a dream job it would be football.
I’m doing music - that’s a dream job as well - but I always wanted to be a footballer when I was growing up. So, yeah, I guess I, kind of, wrote it about that.
I’m a Man United fan as well - although, I’m not sure if I can call myself a football fan really. I used to watch, sort of, 30+ games a season and these days I get to watch maybe 5… 5 or 10 tops - which isn’t great.
The word play in the verses of Football, it’s just using football terminology. So I can run… run away from anything.
So, it uses the football terminology but then, kind of, applies it to life in a relationship. Run away from anything, I can kick off when I’m drunk, chip away at lots of things and all of this.
Flaws which means floors and flaws in my character. Yeah, flaws and ceilings.
So on Flaws and Ceilings Lauren co-wrote the song with me. We didn’t write her verse together - I’d actually written that previous to the session.
The original lyrics were “she reads books, I write stories. She’s so calm and I’m angry…” but then, when Lauren got involved and we wrote a little bit of the chorus together, it became a duet. So we switched the words round.