To close out 2020, I wanted to feature songs that would be somewhat uplifting.
And when you hear about the theory about the genesis of this song, you might think that it's an odd choice for uplifting.
Written by Noah Gallagher, although he has denied it, it was originally seen as a direct response to the Nirvana song "I Hate Myself and Want To Die". I believe him. This was one of the first songs he wrote and would have had to anticipate the Nirvana song many years later. He did, however, strongly come out in favor of not dying young.
More likely, it was a tribute to his mother, and stresses an optimistic outlook. Forget how beautifully the song is crafted - the opening drum beat, the guitar solo. Forget that Oasis constantly compared themselves to the Beatles and were generally egotistical. Listen to the lyrics. They're an ode to living as long and as well as one can, as opposed to dwelling on minutia and every ache and pain in life.
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