Silver Tongues

Album: Faith In The Future (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Silver Tongued" is an epithet bestowed on a person who is eloquent and persuasive with words. Louis Tomlinson begins the song by painting a picture of happy times with his silver tongued girl.

    Gettin' high on the amber wave
    Going deep for the ones who do the same
    Air max's and silver tongues
    Settle in for another heavy one


    Tomlinson loves everything his love interest says and the way she expresses herself. There is also a parallel meaning as the singer is wearing Nike Air Max's with silver tongues.
  • Throughout the rest of "Silver Tongues," Tomlinson sings about his deep connection with the girl. She's pessimistic about love and he dislikes her smoking habit, but she understands him better than anyone else does. He'll look back affectionately on those nights they spent together drinking, joking and putting the world to rights.
  • Louis Tomlinson recorded "Silver Tongues" for Faith in the Future. The singer came across the "faith in the future" phrase during lockdown, and he decided to build his second album around it.

    Nights like these
    We'll remember those stupid jokes


    This song's thesis of making happy memories that Tomlinson will look back at fondly fits into that concept.
  • Tomlinson penned the pop-punk track during a writing camp with Scottish singer-songwriter David Sneddon, Courteeners bassist and producer Joe Cross, and Hurts vocalist Theo Hutchcraft.

    "I'm a massive fan of both Hurts and The Courteeners," Tomlinson told Official Charts. "Even the fact they were willing to work with me, I was buzzing about that. We've got some really great songs out of it."
  • Working with fellow artists produced a different type of song than Tomlinson would normally write. "What you get with that is a different level of care and love for what you're doing, instead of making it about money and trying to get the single," the former One Direction member explained to Euphoria magazine. "It's not trying to be anything that it's not. We were not trying to write a single, and there's just a certain level of energy to it."
  • From the off, the quartet were all on the same page and three of the songs they wrote ended up on Faith In The Future. Tomlinson is especially proud of "Silver Tongues."

    "It's one of the first times that I've written a song that I could definitely imagine myself listening to, had I not written it", he said. "That track's very much in line with what I listen to and love musically anyway. Writing that made me feel really confident that I was writing the album I wanted to write. I feel really confident in what's to come."
  • Previous occasions that Joe Cross and Theo Hutchcraft have written together include Hurts' 2010 single "Wonderful Life" and Courteeners' 2016 track "Modern Love."
  • Louis Tomlinson played the song live for the first time during an intimate show at New York's Irving Plaza on November 11, 2022. He also debuted several other Faith In The Future tracks and covered One Direction's "Night Changes."

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