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Sam Smith has lyrics on his mind

Sam Smith oozes talent. He is one of those singers who is so full of the stuff that it almost comes as a shock how down to earth he remains. Humbled and inspired by words, the BRIT Award-winning BBC Sound of 2014 shares his top 5 favourite song lyrics. Listen and learn.

Text Sam Smith
Debut single Money On My Mind is out now with album In The Lonely Hour to follow on 26th May.

  • 5. I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air


    Lorde, Team.

    "This lyric for me refers to the soulless music out there nowadays - I love the honesty in it."



  • 4. It's the middle of the night and I'm so gone

    Sky Ferreira, You're Not The One.

    "I heard this song when I was in love with someone who didn't love me back, this song was perfect for when I was having a drink but was feeling a little sad. It's euphoric to me."


  • 3. I woke up like this

    Beyonce, Flawless

    "This is the lyric that stood out the most in Beyonce’s album. I love the attitude!"


  • 2. You got a fast car, I want a ticket to anywhere


    Tracy Chapman, Fast Car.

    "This song is rich in its simplicity. I just love the concept of escaping and this song for me is my escapism."


  • 1. I could drink a case of you darling and I would still be on my feet


    Joni Mitchell, A Case Of You.

    "This song, in my opinion, is the best written song I've ever heard. This one lyric pulls at my heart strings. It's something I have felt a lot in my life."