TUNE Sounds like a Storm - Corker
‘Corker’ is the most honest and down-to-earth song I have ever written lyrically, the most personal song I have ever dared to write. I wanted to write a love song, but in a different form – very much like ‘Common People’ by Pulp, challenging the common stereotype of a girl or a relationship, and saying it exactly how it is. I think I succeeded with this concept even within the title, being from Yorkshire – ‘she’s a corker’ is like she’s my girl but on such a common level, that people can identify with. I have always been scared of the concept of a love song, as I think they can come across cheesy, so I tried to make it so honest – so it’s almost like I’m writing a letter, using references that you would use in everyday life.
The song channels this true connection with someone, and paints them to be almost a lifeline, ‘necessity like water’. I wanted to show a relationship that is so strong when its good, but like all relationships, it has its rocky patches, as it uncovers an underlying theme of almost obsession. ‘She wraps me around her fingers’ knowing full well what she is doing, having you in the palm of her hand, but you let her do it anyway.
I tried to magnify the little traits that happen within a relationship, and how I can praise this woman but in my own way, ‘our lass she’s a keeper, we never get to sleep, no’ which channel this idea of just common love, actions that we all do to make the track relatable to the listener. I think as a writer, and as a band, this song is well overdue, it’s a crowd pleaser, you can put your arms around your loved ones and scream every single lyric, it’s a song for the crowd. Everyone finds love. Everyone can relate. It’s a chant, people can embrace every lyric spoken.
There’s no façade or illusions within the writing, I wrote it exactly how it should be. It’s a song that praises this woman: but instead of roses, heart-shaped boxes, sloppy letters – it’s going down the pub, late nights together, and getting high. An honest song people can relate to.