Needing to remember how and why to live
Words cannot describe how much I love this song.
A strikingly beautiful wintery ballad for depression. Amazing set of lyrics, one of Nicky’s very best – a perfect description of the carefree apathy of depression and emotional dullness that comes from it. Not that I have any sort of proper first-hand experience about deep depression but parts of the song do fit perfectly the mindnumbing low I experienced at one point while unemployed and stuck in a rut with nothing to do all day every day. And, you know, it’s just full of amazing lines in general.
And the music, oh heavenly creature of your choice the music. A gorgeous piano melody, a strikingly enchanting winter atmosphere thanks to the cold production, a wonderfully hazy mood that fits the lyrics, the gorgeous lift-off after the chorus, all the countless musical details (alternating snare sounds, the guitar line in the chorus), the backing vocals (is that Sean I hear, or is it Nicky?), the James solo call-and-answer, the fantastic middle section… There’s such serenity in this one.
The band themselves have expressed great love for this track and apparently it could have been the third single out of Lifeblood if the plug hadn’t been pulled after the second single. Ah well. That said, it’s always a rather weird track live: the normally wonderful call-and-answer bit in the chorus becomes a rushed, blurry line when James tries to sing both the lead and backing vocal.
There’s a lovely acoustic version of this existing, one of those radio promo acoustic things.