Pop

One Direction's Niall Horan Surprises With First Solo Single 'This Town': Listen

Niall Horan
Elizabeth Miranda

Niall Horan

Thursday (Sept. 29), One Direction's Niall Horan surprised fans with the release of his debut solo single "This Town." The track bares strong similarities to a 1D acoustic ballad -- minus the four-part harmonies, of course.

The song, which Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele) produced, centers on a girl and finds Horan coping with jealousy. Horan, Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer all share songwriting credits. 

In addition to the track's release, Horan also announced he has signed with Capitol Records USA. "I'm excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song," Horan said in a press release. "Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always. I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together."

Aside from solo material, Horan may be headed for a collaboration with Shawn Mendes as well. Mendes confirmed on The Late Late Show on Wednesday (Sept. 28) that he and Horan are working up some new material together. He said while the two are rarely in the same city, let alone the same country at the same time, "When I get a second I want to write with him a bunch."

Shawn Mendes 'Definitely' Prepping Collabo with Niall Horan

But until their collaboration comes to fruition, check out Horan's stripped-down performance of "This Town" for a new "1 Mic 1 Take" video below, and read the lyrics beneath that. 

 

Read the lyrics to "This Town" below.

Waking up to kiss you and nobody's there

The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air

It's Hard

Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round

It's funny how things never change in this old town

So far from the stars

 

And I want to tell you everything

The words I never got to say the first time around

And I remember everything

From when we were the children playing in this fairground

Wish I was there with you now

 

If the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you

Drive highways and byways to be there with you

Over and over the only truth

Everything comes back to you

 

I saw that you moved on with someone new

In the pub that we met he's got his arms around you

It's so hard

So Hard

 

And I want to tell you everything

The words I never got to say the first time around

And I remember everything

From when we were the children playing in this fairground

Wish I was there with you now

 

Cos if the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you

Drive highways and byways to be there with you

Over and over the only truth

Everything comes back to you

 

You still make me nervous when you walk in the room

Them butterflies they come alive when I'm next to you

Over and over the only truth

Everything comes back to you

 

And I know that it's wrong

That I can't move on

But there's something about you

 

If the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you

Drive highways and byways to be there with you

Over and over the only truth

Everything comes back to you

 

You still make me nervous when you walk in the room

Them butterflies they come alive when I'm next to you

Over and over the only truth

Everything comes back to you

 

Everything comes back to you

Plus: A Boy Band 'Expert' Talks One Direction