Kings Of Leon: ''Come Around Sundown''s lyrics were ad-libbed in the studio'

Caleb Followill says he didn't write any lyrics in advance of new album

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Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill has admitted that all the lyrics on the band's new album were ad-libbed.

Speaking in the November issue of Uncut magazine, on newsstands in the UK now, the frontman said that sessions for 'Come Around Sundown' saw him record the ad-libbed lyrics then try to change them later – only to be vetoed by his bandmates.

"I didn't write lyrics," he explained. "I went in and ad-libbed, I free-floated everything. The closer it got to the end, I felt like, 'Man, you didn't do your job.'"

He added: "I kept thinking, 'When I go back and redo the lyrics, then I'll get it. But when I went back in to try to do that, everyone was like, 'What are you doing? You can't change those lyrics. Those are the lyrics.'"

Followill added that he lacked confidence in the record until he played it to his girlfriend, model Lily Aldridge.

"I played her one song, and when I did, she looked at me and went, 'What the fuck? Why haven't you played me this? What are you scared of?'" he said. "Before you know it, we had listened to every song, and she just loved it. That gave me the confidence to say, 'All right, well, maybe I'm in my head too much'."

Get the November issue of Uncut to read the full cover interview with Kings Of Leon.

'Come Around Sundown' is out on October 18.

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