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Story of My Life is is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 6 November 2013 by Syco Music and Columbia Records as the second single from the group's third studio album, Midnight Memories.

CompositionEdit

"Story of My Life" is a mid-tempo, guitar-driven folk-pop song with influences of arena rock, alternative rock and neo folk. It runs for a total of four minutes and five seconds. Idolator compared the song to the works of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

ReceptionEdit

Sam Lanksy of Idolator called the song "surprisingly great" and noted it was a "mature midpoint" between the group's signature "rollicking pop-rock confection[s]" and "dreary ballads". Lanksy additionally called the song "merciful" and complimented it for using alternative-folk influences without "smell[ing] like spilled beer". Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush gave the song 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a "contemplative, acoustic guitar-driven song" and complimenting it for being "more memorable" than any of the group's previous works. Sciarretto noted that the song would resonate with listeners of many different ages and showed that One Direction "isn't just a boy band"; although noted the song was not as "crazy catchy" as their previous songs. Lauren Wheeler of TheCelebrityCafe.com gave the song 5 out of 5 stars noting that the lyrics were "reflective" and "much deeper than some of their bigger hits." Wheeler added that the song showed that One Direction "not only have range, but also have matured through their music." [1]

Commercial PerformanceEdit

On 31 October 2013, the song debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming One Direction's fourth number-one single in Ireland. The song also debuted at number one in New Zealand, becoming both their second number-one debut and single on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The single has been unsuccessful in reaching number one in the UK on three occasions, firstly by debuting at number four, then climbing to three, and finally by stalling at two—although it was at number one on the iTunes for the entirety of that week and it peaked at number one on the UK Singles Downloads Chart. In Australia, the song debuted at number three on the ARIA Charts.

Music VideoEdit

One Direction - Story of My Life04:08

One Direction - Story of My Life

CountdownEdit

LyricsEdit

[Harry]
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days

[Liam]
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
Seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone

[Zayn]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holdin' on too tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she's broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Niall]
Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change
Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage

[Liam]
I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a hill
Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still

[Louis]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I been holdin' on so tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she's broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Zayn]
And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

[Niall]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love
Until she's broke (until she's broke inside)
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

The story of my life
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Harry]
The story of my life

AudioEdit

One Direction - Story of My Life (Audio)04:06

One Direction - Story of My Life (Audio)


ReferencesEdit

  1. wikipedia.org - Composition & Reception

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