I walk on the beach and for once I feel some ease
Realisation of loss, the following sadness and the final decision to try and start to move on and live life again. Enola/Alone, born out of Wire looking at his wedding photographs and coming across a picture where he stood along with Richey and Philip Hall, the bandmate and manager who had both left this plane of existence a while before.
Enola/Alone is a bittersweet ode to life: “All I want to do is live/no matter how miserable it is”. It’s one of Everything Must Go’s more lyrically personal moments and musically it takes the rather typical rock anthem approach that EMG favours. For a long time it was one of the not-so-standout moments for me on the album till it all finally clicked. James’ vocal mannerisms (love the constant “aaah!” yelps in the back), the fantastic lyrics (outside the rather clumsy “100%” bit which sounds pretty clumsy as it’s being crammed into the song) and the larger than life chorus that’s both crushingly melancholy and warily optimistic and determined about life. It’s just such an emotionally naked and honest song with the whole band being in on the theme.
One of the band’s genuinely most humane and personal moments. And as such, one of Everything Must Go’s key tracks.