Rising to fame as the breakout star of ‘Pop Stars: The Rivals” back in 2002, Cheryl Cole‘s story- albeit turbulent- is nothing short of fascinating.
For, by way of conveniently timed melodramas between she and footballer Ashley Cole, Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor‘ , and the benefit of her ‘Girls Aloud’ platform, Cheryl has seen her water turned to premium wine. All, without a trace of discernible talent.
So, it should come as little surprise that in a recent interview with Pop Justice, she admitted to having no connection with her own lyrics.
Her comments and brand spanking new single below…
Excerpt taken from Pop Justice:
Regarding the lyrics on the album, the point you seem to have made in interviews elsewhere is something along the lines of: “Don’t question me about the lyrics on the album relating to my personal life, because I didn’t write them so they can’t.”
Which is an amazing response, really.
It’s the truth!
Most popstars spend half their careers trying to pretend they do write their lyrics when they don’t. And you’re just going: “Nothing to do with me! Not my fault!”
But how does that work? You obviously have a connection to these lyrics. Or at least in order to be able to have a connection with your music, you must tell yourself a story about how a song makes sense to you?
Well what I do is, I get loads of records sent. Sometimes I get just a beat. That you can just fall in love with. Or just a hook. And I’ll write the verses, or I’ll say, “can someone please write the verses to this”… Sometimes it takes a lifetime to master your craft. To be an amazing lyricist doesn’t mean you’re a good performer.
There are some people out there who write the best songs in the world and their idea of hell is going on stage and singing those songs. But to collaborate with someone like that, and to create a pop song out of it, is amazing, and I’m not afraid of that. I don’t care that I didn’t write it, I just appreciate other people’s talents.
I didn’t grow up listening to songs thinking, “well they didn’t write it”. I loved those songs because they were great songs, and that’s still how I feel when I’m making my music.
Then, it what might be the most telling part of the conversation:
Can you explain the lyrics from the chorus of ‘Call My Name’?
You’ll have to ask Calvin.
What do they mean to you?
Just fun! It’s a pop song.
Do you wonder what they mean?
They don’t feel deep to me. But if you ask me what half Girls Aloud songs mean, I’d say the same thing! They don’t have a meaning, they have a feeling. I think it’s quite a sexy lyric? Um… It’s really not that deep. We’re not saving the world with lyrics or anything.
Would you like to save the world with a lyric?
No, I’d like to just feel good.
Listen to Cole’s latest release ‘Under The Sun’ below: