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Story of My Life (often abbreviated as SOML) is the second single recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction for their third studio album, Midnight Memories. It was released on November 06, 2013 by Syco Music and Columbia Records

A radio staple, the song garnered unprecedented critical and public acclaim due to the more serious tone and indie-pop sound. It was a top 3 single in the UK and Australia, and a top 10 single in the United States. It is considered one of One Direction's most famous and recognizable songs. 

The song was performed on the Where We Are Tour and the On The Road Again Tour.

Lyrically, the song describes a bad relationship the narrator cannot leave. The phrase "story of my life" is used in everyday speech to describe a regular negative occurrence.

Background

Written by band members Niall HoranZayn MalikHarry StylesLiam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, along with Julian BunettaJamie Scott, and John Ryan, the lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.

"Story of My Life" is an acoustic folktronica song with neofolk elements. It runs for a total of four minutes and five seconds. Idolator compared the song to the works of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons. The song is written and recorded in E-flat major. The song runs at 120 beats per minute.

Louis tweeted an unseen photo from his childhood on October 10, 2013, followed by Liam. Niall tweeted his photo next, then Harry and finally, Zayn. The official One Direction account then confirmed the new single and release date along with the hashtag "#StoryOfMyLifeSingle2". Later the same day, the single artwork was revealed.

Lyrics

[Harry]
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days

[Liam]
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
Seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone

[Zayn]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holdin' on too tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she's broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Niall]
Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change
Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage

[Liam]
I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a hill
Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still

[Louis]
And I'll be gone gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I been holdin' on so tight
With nothing in between

[Harry]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she's broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Zayn]
And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

[Niall]
The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm
And time is frozen

[All]
The story of my life
I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love
Until she's broke (until she's broke inside)
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

The story of my life
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Harry]
The story of my life

Music Video

Music Video Information
One Direction - Story of My Life

One Direction - Story of My Life

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Released November 03, 2013
Length 4:08
Director Ben Winston
Production Co
Choreographer
Filmed October 2013
Location London, England
VEVO views 736,424,811 (as of May 09, 2019)

Background

The video was accidentally uploaded to Vevo early, on November 1st. The official release of the video was on November 3, 2013 at 4pm (BWT). The video differs from the song lyrically, in that it takes the title phrase literally, rather than metaphorically. It featured each band member reliving their childhood memories, and interacting with the family members within them. Louis's scenes allude to his grandparents deaths. The video features all of One Direction's actual family members.

Fans attempted to break the record for "Most number of views in 24 hours" which was then held by Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video which had 19.3 million views in 24 hours. The music sharing site VEVO said that the system had crashed due to the high volume of traffic sometime in the 24 hour period and it took nearly 3 days before it was announced that Story Of My Life had received 12.5 million views in 24 hours which meant the record was still held by Miley Cyrus. They did comment that it received more views than "Best Song Ever" which had 12.3 million views in 24 hours, thus beating a personal record for One Direction.

Trailers

One Direction - Story of My Life (3 days to go)

One Direction - Story of My Life (3 days to go)

One Direction - Story of My Life (2 days to go)

One Direction - Story of My Life (2 days to go)

One Direction - Story of My Life (1 day to go)

One Direction - Story of My Life (1 day to go)

Behind the scenes

One Direction - Story of My Life (Behind the Scenes)

One Direction - Story of My Life (Behind the Scenes)

Gallery

Release

The song premiered at 4pm on stations worldwide such as BBC Radio 1 (UK), The Hits Radio (UK), In:Demand (UK), Captial FM (UK ), The End 107.9 FM (USA), NRJ Radio (in both France and Sweden), Planet Radio (Germany), Radio Mix (Brazil), SiriusXM Hits (America ) and many others. The audio for the song was also uploaded onto the official One Direction Vevo account as well as the official One Direction Youtube account.

The song was released on Monday, October 28th to those who had either bought the EP or had pre ordered the deluxe or the normal edition of Midnight Memories. The official One Direction YouTube account released a message from the band announcing the single release. They song went straight to number 1 on iTunes in 47 countries such as the UK, US, Australia, Belgium, India, Mexico and many other places.

Promotions

On October 25, 2013, the boys did interviews on various radio stations worldwide. They were as follows:

  • Louis was on Swedish radio station "NJR" at 6:30am BST (7:30am CEST) and Dutch radio station "3FM" at 6:45am BST (7:45am CEST).
  • Zayn was on Danish radio station "The Voice" at 3:30pm BST (4:30pm CEST) and Spanish radio station "Los 40 Principales" at 6:00pm BST (7:00pm CEST).
  • Liam was on a Dutch radio station, German radio station "swr3" and UK radio station "BBC Radio 1" at 3:45pm BST.
  • Niall was on French radio "NJR" and UK radio show "Capital FM" at 4pm BST.
  • Harry was on Brazillian radio station "Radio Mix" and UK radio station "The Hits Radio".

Live Performances

One Direction - Story Of My Life live NRJ Awards 2013

One Direction - Story Of My Life live NRJ Awards 2013

One Direction - Story of My Life - American Music Awards - Midnight Memories

One Direction - Story of My Life - American Music Awards - Midnight Memories

One Direction - Story of My Life Live @ The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

One Direction - Story of My Life Live @ The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

One Direction - 'Story Of My Life' (Summertime Ball 2015)

One Direction - 'Story Of My Life' (Summertime Ball 2015)

One Direction Sing Story Of My Life Live On X Factor USA

One Direction Sing Story Of My Life Live On X Factor USA

One Direction - Story of My Life (One Direction- The TV Special)

One Direction - Story of My Life (One Direction- The TV Special)

One Direction - Story of My Life - RTL LATE NIGHT

One Direction - Story of My Life - RTL LATE NIGHT

Cover versions

  • In 2014, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) performed the song in the 2014 Glee episode "The Back-up Plan".
  • In 2014, Filipino singer Timmy Pavino will cover the song on The Voice of the Philippines.
  • In January 2015, Martin Sexton recorded a solo acoustic version of this from Electric Lady Studios.
  • On 22 May 2015 The Offspring performed an acoustic version of "Story of My Life" for 94/7 Mobile Nation at Mississippi Studios.
  • In 2015, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song, with lyric changes to reflect their relationship with David Seville, for their live stage tour Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical.
  • In 2016, Sal Valetinetti covered the song on Americas Got Talent.

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