Liam Gallagher Cites Yoko Ono as Inspiration for Lyric on New Single

October 5th, 2017: As seen on Archive (PDF)

Liam Gallagher on ‘The Chris Moyles Show’; Photo: Facebook/Radio X

Youngest heir to the King Rock Curmudgeon throne and former Oasis bro, Liam Gallagher took to The Chris Moyles Show via Radio X to talk his debut solo album, As You Were (October 6), and uncharacteristically was rather positive, kickstarting the show by emphasizing, “I’m over the moon to be doing what I was put here to do.”

After going through a track-by-track soundbite sound-off of sorts in which he compares a track to a spicy vindaloo (“Greedy Soul“), calls another an “absolute stomper” (“Wall of Glass“), he reveals a rather charming anecdote about an encounter with Yoko Ono almost two decades ago that inspired a lyric on “I’ve All I Need.”

“I can tell you an interesting fact,” Gallagher said. “There’s a line in there that says ‘I hibernate and sing/While gathering my wings’.”

“I was over in New York once, and I got a call saying, ‘Yoko wants to meet you,’ and I’d just called my kid Lennon,” he continued. “We go in there. In the kitchen she invites me in, makes me a cup of tea and she’s got this massive banner around the kitchen and I said, ‘What does that mean?’

“She goes, ‘Ah John asked the same question when we went to Japan to meet the parents.’ Anyway it says, While i’ve been hibernating I’ve been gathering my wings. And it was when he’d stopped making music. So I thought, ‘Write that down.'”

Liam caps the story with,”Anyway, so years go by and I’ve been trying to get that into a song and could never get it in. And then it happened on that.”

Beyond that, Liam falls into his normal Noel feud fire-stoking on the rest of the interview, comments on that ridiculous, now viral tea incident from the BBC Music’s Backstage Pass and eventually they debut “I’ve All I Need,” which is actually, as winsome and poetic as Liam suggests, shimmering with that rose-colored Brit Pop shade of reverb that made Oasis so special, punctuated with that Ono-inspired lyric, of course.

Watch the full Chris Moyles Show appearance and the song debut below.