Failed

Album: Fat Pop (Volume 1) (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Paul Weller wed backing singer Hannah Andrews in 2010; they've had three children together. He wrote this quietly furious track moments after they had a huge row. "Some songs you just have to get out there and say it," he told Mojo. "They fly out."
  • During the song, Weller faces up to his limitations.

    I hate myself when it gets to this
    I'm just a coward when it comes to it
    And every time I try to reach
    I fail


    Weller said there must be many men like him who wonder if they're a good father, a good partner, a good person. "People may think it's strange hearing me sing 'I've failed,'" he added, "but we all measure success differently."
  • This is one of two relationship songs on Fat Pop. The other, "Glad Times," is more about everyday married life.

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