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This Town is the debut solo single released by Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan. It serves as the lead single from his debut solo album Flicker.

Background and release

The song is written in the key of A major with a common time tempo of 112 beats per minute. Horan's vocals span from D3 to E4 in the song. The acoustic track reflects on the things the singer never got to say to a lost lover. It was released as the lead single from Niall's debut album Flicker on September 29, 2016. [1]

Critical reception

Entertainment Weekly writer Madison Vain stated: "Over warm acoustic plucking, Horan, the only One Directioner who plays an instrument, unfurls a wistful tale of young love lost. While that doesn’t sound like new territory for the 23-year-old, the song shows growth thanks to its nuance in storytelling." [2]

Commercial performance

The song peaked at #5, #9 and #20 on the Australian singles chart, the UK Singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100.

Music Video

A live one take performance was released on the same day the song was released, September 29, 2016.

Lyrics

Waking up to kiss you and nobody’s there
The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air
It’s hard
Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round
It’s funny how things never change in this old town
So far from the stars

And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

I saw that you moved on with someone new
In the pub that we met he’s got his arms around you
It’s so hard
So hard

And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

Because if the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

And I know that it’s wrong
That I can’t move on
But there’s something about you

If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
Everything comes back to you

References

  1. wikipedia.org - Composition
  2. ew.com - Review