Everything can mean whatever
With Manics it’s rare we get to hear tracks while they’re still work in progress, but Everything Will Be gave us one chance and what an intriguing work in progress it was.
Long before Lifeblood’s release the Manics performed Everything Will Be live on one festival gig, giving people the very first sign of new material from the Lifeblood sessions. The version we heard then was very, very different: whilst the musical backbone of the song was exactly the same – a hypnotic drone and feel – the live version had a distorted guitar line going throughout and a lone trumpet providing its own musical accompaniment in a rather spectacular way. Both details ended up being absent from the studio version.
Whilst it’s true that I do miss those elements, it doesn’t make the final album version any less mesmerising. Hearing it for the first time was pretty amazing – Everything Will Be has the deepest ambience and atmosphere of any Manics track and listening to it late at night caused me to simply sink into the music. And while the ambience lulls you to heed the space around the track, the firm bassline gives the song an energetic push. A hypnotic, dreamy track, a miniature cinematic epic of sorts.
Shame about that utterly random “come on baby and comb your hair” line which stands out as very silly.