The word "sentimental" is not one typically associated with Liam Gallagher. Pugnacious? Irreverent? Combative? Sure, those are all adjectives that have been applied to the one-time Oasis lead singer over the years. But on his surprisingly emotional, reflective and, yes, sentimental new single, "Once," Gallagher looks back on what he describes as a moment in time not likely to be repeated.
"It was easier to have fun back when we had nothing/ Nothing much to manage/ Back when we were damaged/ Sometimes the freedom we wanted feels so uncool," Gallagher sings plaintively over a gently strummed acoustic guitar before leaning into the grown man looking back in sorrow chorus: "But oh I remember how you used to shine back then/ You went down so easy like a glass of wine my friend/ When the dawn came up you felt so inspired to do it again/ But it turns out, you only get to do it once."
The third track from Gallagher's upcoming solo album, Why Me? Why Not. (due Sept. 20), follows on the heels of the first two released tracks, "Shockwave" and "The River." The song will also be featured in the upcoming feature-length documentary As It Was, which will be released in the U.S. alongside the album; you can pre-order Why Me? here. Gallagher is opening for The Who on select dates of their North American Moving On! tour in October, followed by headlining dates in the UK and Ireland in November.
Listen to "Once" below.