Why do anything when you can forget everything
The Holy Bible’s one ray of sunshine, even if it is a bit bitter. One moment when to forget all the bad in the world and just focus on the simple, pretty things. Lie down on the grass for the whole summer day and just look at the clouds in peace. Just like in the good old childhood days. Bible’s one musical refuge appropriately honours the glorified days of innocent childhood summers – an ideal escape from the horrible, horrible adult world the rest of the album portrays.
Musically super-sweet, summery and full of tranquil sunshine. Driven by a small beat and a beautiful, melodic guitar riff, advancing with a quiet pace and with not much difference between the sections. The relaxed pace of the gorgeously beautiful lyrics (one of my favourite MSP lyrics) also serves as a soothing point as opposed to the frantic rage of the rest of the album – Nicky was behind the lyrics for this one though, not Richey, which quite explains the difference in style.
There’s several calmer Manics songs where the final rockout somewhat ruins the momentum the rest of the song has built, but This Is Yesterday succeeds with pride and the celebratory climax is an essential part of the cathartic, cleansing feel of the song. A lot of it because even with a guitar solo and a more driving rhythm the song still mainly keeps its initial tempo and thus the conclusion feels like a fitting piece of the jigsaw.
What’s up with the voice filters in the US mix though? The otherwise brilliant remix of the album has some weird obsession with filtering James’ voice in certain songs and whilst it works, it’s still slightly odd. It twists the otherwise vaguely bittersweet-optimistic song into something a tad weirder. A sort of reminder that the warped reality is still there, knocking at the door and that this is just a small pitstop.
One of my very favourite The Holy Bible moments, if not the favourite. Although a lot of that is probably because of the memories of lying on the summer grass at Ruisrock 2003, listening and watching the band play this live.