This is going to break a lot of hearts, but it's true: One Direction's Niall Horan has gone solo. The former boy band member launched his new career Thursday morning by releasing his first single, "This Town." You better get out your tissues, because the lyrics to this song are just as heartbreaking as him saying goodbye to the band. However, the more I listen to Niall's new song, the more I'm beginning to question what Niall is really talking about. While it might sound like your typical post-romantic relationship break-up song, "This Town" could also easily be about his relationship to the boys of One Direction — and his personal process of mourning their once unbreakable bond.
The song begins with the verses:
Waking up to kiss you and nobody’s thereThe smell of your perfume still stuck in the airIt’s hardYesterday I thought I saw your shadow running roundIt’s funny how things never change in this old townSo far from the stars
Crying yet? As the song heads into the chorus, it just gets even sadder,
And I want to tell you everythingThe words I never got to say the first time aroundAnd I remember everythingFrom when we were the children playing in this fairgroundWish I was there with you now
I wish you were there with the rest of the band too, Niall. When these lyrics are paired with the song's overall mellow tone, the acoustic guitar, and — eventually — a stadium with no one but Niall on the stage, there won't be a dry eye in the house. Why, Niall? Why must you torture us like this?
On a more serious note, the lyrics to "This Town" also speak to a much larger point when the song gets into the chorus. Despite the obvious quips about reminiscing on the past, the value of the memories of times spent together is emphasized. Even if feelings for a relationship are gone, they'll always be deep within those two people's hearts. (Or those five people's hearts, if we're still talking about One Direction.)
Because if the whole world was watching I’d still dance with youDrive highways and byways to be there with youOver and over the only truthEverything comes back to youYou still make me nervous when you walk in the roomThem butterflies they come alive when I’m next to youOver and over the only truthEverything comes back to you
If this song proves anything, it's that Niall has a long musical career ahead of him, even if the band — or the girl — is no longer by his side. "This Town" is now available on Spotify and iTunes. I'll just be whipping my tears with One Direction CDs.