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Entertainment 11 of Sam Fender's biggest songs and the meanings behind them

16:26  22 september  2020
16:26  22 september  2020 Source:   graziadaily.co.uk

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Sam Fender ’ s “The Borders” has been officially described as “a story of two boys growing up together and His mother was so abusive that both he and Sam were afraid of her. And his father deserted them Sam Fender wrote the lyrics for “The Borders”. And the track was produced by his regular

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Sam Fender has had a pretty stratospheric rise to fame. Over the past couple of years, he's built up an impressive back catalogue of hits that have seen him win Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards as well as Number 1 debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles'.

  11 of Sam Fender's biggest songs and the meanings behind them © Sam Fender © PA Images

Whether you're a super-fan of the Geordie lad or are just discovering his remarkable talents on the guitar, captivating dulcet tones or meaningful songwriting, here's a handy guide to Sam Fender's songs so far.

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'Play God'

'Play God' was Sam's first single, released in March 2017 with a music video following in January 2019. The moody track was an impressive first offering, with themes of oppression and tyranny.

The song gained the attention of a wider audience when it was included on the soundtrack for video game FIFA '19, and has been certified Silver in the UK. 'Play God' appeared on Sam's debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles' in 2019.

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Play God' (Official Video)

'Greasy Spoon'

Sam's follow-up single 'Greasy Spoon' was also released in 2017, and follows a day in the life of a woman facing the trials and tribulations of cat-calling men. Some of the lyrics are: 'Cat calling white van patrolling', 'As he sits with a drooling smirk' and 'She hardly breathes / When you're in her breathing space.' Towards the end, Sam reminds men everywhere that women are someone's daughter/sister/mother and to be more empathetic. It was a non-album single.

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" Sam Fender knows what it feels like to be trapped. Growing up in a Britain riddled with austerity, haunted by I absolutely love this song ! The message behind it is so powerful and I think Sam is so underrated. If you would like us to make a video of a song you like, or just wanna talk about music

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Greasy Spoon' (Official Video)

'Friday Fighting'

Sam's first single of 2018, 'Friday Fighting' has not appeared on any EPs or albums, and although it didn't chart in the UK, it's well worth a listen. The driving beat of the drums and guitars does a great job of hyping up the listener - hopefully not for a spot of Friday Fighting, though.

The song itself is pretty self-explanatory - the lyrics are all about young men in a small town finding a way to release their tensions and express themselves. The chorus lyrics are: 'Oh, it's Friday and I'm fighting / Let it all out on someone who doesn't know / What's behind these closed doors / But it's Friday, I'll be fighting.'

LISTEN: Sam Fender - 'Friday Fighting'

'Leave Fast'

A slightly slower and more melancholic melody from Sam, 'Leave Fast' appeared on his 2019 debut album. The song seems to be about how living in a small town can be stifling for some, as the lyrics describe a run-down place and how Sam is keen to be more than that: 'Boarded up windows on the promenade / The shells of old nightclubs / And half way houses', and 'An old man told me to leave fast or stay forever.'

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"The Borders" is a song performed by English musician Sam Fender . The song was released as a digital download on 1 September 2019 by Polydor Records as the seventh single from his debut studio album Hypersonic Missiles. The song peaked at number 59 on the UK Singles Chart.

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WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Leave Fast' (Official Video)

'Dead Boys'

The titular track of Sam's EP, released in November 2018, 'Dead Boys' is a beautifully-written but tragic song about the high rate of suicide among young men - and particularly those around Sam's hometown of North Shields. The heartbreaking music video sees a group of young men ending their lives, with lyrics like: 'We close our eyes / Learn our pain / Nobody ever could explain / All the dead boys in our hometown.'

Sam told Absolute Radio all about writing this song, "'Dead Boys' is an important song for me because I wrote it as a reaction to losing a friend to suicide a couple of years ago. I initially wrote it as a reaction purely for myself because I didn’t know how to articulate the way I felt. I actually wrote a few of my songs in my friend’s house who passed away, and then I looked into the stats and saw that it was the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and it takes 84 lives a week or something like that, which is just staggering.

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Running throughout the song are some of Fender ’ s most present vocals, coupled with his signature soaring guitar riffs that hint at the anthems of It’s a metaphor for relationships (something Fender has already called out in a previous track), the state the world has left them , and the solution to building

"That song just weirdly became this kind of anthem for that and since then positive things came from it. I mean the perfect example was there was a guy actually driving on the way to kill himself and he coincidentally had the radio on, and I was on the radio talking about 'Dead Boys' and talking about why I wrote the song and stuff, and this guy stopped the car and apparently bawled his eyes out at the side of the road for three hours and then turned the car around and drove back to his wife and then opened up and got help.

"I met the guy and he said that was the moment that turned it round. It doesn’t matter where my career goes after this, it doesn’t matter if I never sell any records, it doesn’t matter if my album bombs and I never do this again and I go back home… it’s the best thing that ever happened in my career and it always will be."

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Dead Boys' (Official Video)

'That Sound'

One of Sam's more well-known songs, 'That Sound' was released as a single in December 2018 and appeared on his debut album, 'Hypersonic Missiles', in 2019, after originally being on his EP 'Dead Boys', released in November 2018.

The song itself is all about how Sam keeps himself level-headed when faced with people from his hometown who all pretend to be his mate now he's famous. Lyrics include: 'At home I face these green-eyed beasts / Everybody wants to leave but no one wants to see you do it.'

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Sam said of the song, "It's a not-so-sutble middle finger to the naysayers that tend to rear their heads as soon as things start to work out for you, especially back home. This song talks loosely about how susceptible you can become to negativity and jealousy, even when you’re at your happiest and most confident. It’s about finding strength to ignore it all, and keep doing your own thing."

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'That Sound' (Official Video)

'Hypersonic Missiles'

The title track of Sam's debut album was released in March 2019, six months ahead of the album coming out. The song focuses on all the negativity in the world, especially around potential wars, but there's also a feeling of looking back on life and thinking of the good times - especially thanks to the light-hearted melody.

Sam said of the song, "In many ways, an unorthodox love song. Its main focus is on the world around the narrator, who is a complete tin foil hatter. They are convinced the world is on its last legs; they know that it is rife with injustice but feel completely helpless and lacking the necessary intelligence to change it while remaining hopelessly addicted to the fruits of consumerism.

"Amongst all the chaos is love and celebration, there is this glimmer of hope that runs through the song, a little notion that no matter what happens, these two people are gonna have a good time regardless of the tyrants that run their world, and regardless of the imminent doom from these 'Hypersonic Missiles'."

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WATCH: Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles (Official Video)

'Will We Talk?'

As a follow-up single to 'Hypersonic Missiles', 'Will We Talk?' was released in July 2019 and also appeared on his debut album. A much more fast-paced track, 'Will We Talk?' follows the story of a one night stand between two people, and one wondering whether the other is interested in forming a deeper relationship.

The lyrics to the chorus are: 'And she said / "If you dance with me, darling / If you take me home / Will we talk in the morning?"'

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Will We Talk?' (Official Video)

'The Borders'

The seventh single from 'Hypersonic Missiles', 'The Borders' follows the story of two best friends from similar backgrounds who have each suffered from emotional neglect at home. Sam's camp said, ''The Borders' is Fender's personal favourite song from the new album 'Hypersonic Missiles'. At once deeply personal, traumatic even, Sam tells a story of two boys growing up together and then going their separate ways.'

The gripping music video visually plays out this scenario, as one of the boys is violent towards the other. When they both meet each other again as adults, it becomes apparent that the violent boy seriously injured his friend and has severely affected his life in more ways than one.

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'The Borders' (Official Video)

'All Is On My Side'

The opening of Sam's 2019 single 'All Is On My Side' will surely speak to Fleetwood Mac fans. It was released after his debut album, when fans campaigned for it to become a single as it didn't make the album - despite Sam writing it years ago. He said on Twitter, 'This is one of the oldest songs I have, it didn’t make the album. I’ve played it for 5 years and wrote it when I was a baby.'

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He later added, "'All Is On My Side' is a real live favourite for me. It’s been a mainstay in the set for a couple of years now and it’s nice to release this as a bit of a thank you to all the fans at the end of the year."

For all of his deep and insightful songs, 'All Is On My Side' has more of a frivolous, let-loose attitude, as Sam sings about getting drunk on nights out with your pals: 'The dirty haze of drinks with cannibal eyes / In a club you despise but you go where all your friends are.'

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'All Is On My Side' (European Tour 2019)

'Hold Out'

His first release of 2020, Sam put out 'Hold Out' in February 2020, saying of the track, "We nearly released 'Hold Out' as a single a while back. It used to be a staple in our live set when the band first got together, and I've always been really fond of it.

"It's about going out on the lash back home which was really just a form of escape. This is going to be the last tune we put out there of the 'Hypersonic Missiles' era. I hope you like it as much as I do."

WATCH: Sam Fender - 'Hold Out' (Official Video)

GALLERY: Sam Fender performs UK's first socially distanced outdoor gig

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a group of people sitting at a park: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a group of people posing for a wire fence: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a man standing in front of a fence: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a group of people standing next to a fence: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a man holding a microphone: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

a group of people on a stage: Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

Sam Fender's socially distanced gig

Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena © Credits: © PA Images Sam Fender performs socially distanced gig at The Virgin Money Unity Arena

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