LEEDS is Royston Langdon, best known for fronting the band Spacehog. In this reflective song, he sings about how he is "tired of being someone I never knew." Much of that has to do with his sudden success: Spacehog's first single, "In the Meantime
," was a big hit, launching him to stardom when he was still in his early 20s.
"Fame, even for the most well-centered person, is not easy to handle," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "The most well-centered person will realize that it's a complete waste of time and it rarely ends well. Later on in my career, I was fortunate enough to meet some of those people that were musicians that had done that, and they really helped me to recognize the kind of suffering that I was bringing about myself because of this impossible challenge to keep up a facade, because inevitably it falls down. And really that's what I suppose 'Someone' is about.
It sounds very melancholy and people say it's really sad, and it is, but it's also really hopeful because I've never had more peace in myself, and that gives me the most incredibly fulfilled life today, and not from things that one looks for that one thinks that one needs, like all the trappings of success."