Niall Horan isn’t the first artist to dub this beautiful life of ours as ‘The Show.’ Life sure is a grand show with many spectators and no spectators at the same time. We all play a part in the grandest stage of all believing we play the lead role. This is only half true.
Niall Horan released his third solo studio album ‘The Show’ on June 9, 2023. The 10-track album follows his 2020 project ‘Heartbreak Weather.’ The lead single of the album “Heaven” gained a lot of traction on radio.
The title track of the album, “The Show” talks about life and its ups and downs. Lately, people around the world have had to deal with a handful of life due to countless reasons. Some break, some fall, and others persevere. The song admits that life can kick us down most times but also encourages us to keep moving on.
Listen to “The Show” by Niall Horan
Niall Horan “The Show” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Niall Horan sings about the show of life. In the first verse of the song, he compares life to a board game. Why? Because board games are supposed to be fun. One usually wins and all others lose. But at the end of the game, we fold the board and pieces and remain happy. Because we know that the board game has no real-life consequences. It’s just a game. Is life just a game at times?
Losing is part of life–part of being human. No one can win at everything every day. Niall Horan puts it the best;
“Mistakes and heartbreaks are no crime”
You are allowed to make mistakes in this game of life. You are allowed to get your heart broken several times over. But the important part is that you recognize that you lost and learn how to be/do better next time.
In the chorus of the song, Niall Horan puts the thinking cap on, on himself and on us. If everything in life was easy for everyone, can we call that ‘easy’ anymore? That becomes the new normal. If everything was simple in life, how would we even know what’s simple and what isn’t anymore?
If there never was heartbreak, how would we even know we are happy? Happiness exists as a result of sadness, and vice versa. Love exists as a result of heartbreak, and vice versa.
If it wasn’t for the pandemic and the millions of deaths around the world, how would we have learned to appreciate the precious time we have on our hands? And to love our friends and families every moment.
Life is a ride through troughs and valleys. Expect highs and lows. Enjoy the highs and weather the lows knowing that another high is just around the corner. Everything happens right for those who open themselves to receive it.
Just as the late great Freddie Mercury sang, “The Show Must Go On.” Life does not wait for you to catch your breath and dust yourself up. It moves on. But it is up to you to decide how long you rest, or how fast you get up.
Let us hear what you think about this song in the comments below. Read the complete lyrics to the song on Genius.